Christine Brewer masterclass

Prompt Corner: Montblanc Masterclasses 2014

Montblanc Masterclasses lead the way for yet another year.

Montblanc Masterclasses provide young musicians with the chance to develop their art with mentorship from internationally-renowned artists.

Now in their third year, these Masterclasses bring together talented young Australian musicians and world-leading performers, offering invaluable insights on how to perfect their art. This year’s guest artists span piano, viola and voice.

On 31 March, UK pianist Joanna MacGregor offered her expert knowledge to a group of aspiring musicians in the Salon. Known particularly for her Bach interpretations, she is a master of the keyboard as well as a conductor, festival director and composer. She has been a past director the Bath International Music Festival and the multi-arts festival Delloite Ignite for the Royal Opera House, and has promoted various contemporary and improvised dance and music festivals worldwide. She has also launched her own recording label, SoundCircus, and is the author of numerous children’s music books.

In June, Ukrainian viola player, Maxim Rysanov, demonstrates the expressive sound of the viola, offering his expertise on this underrated string instrument. Singer- songwriter Amanda McBroom brings her talents to the fore as a versatile artist of cabaret, musical and film in July and in August, pianist Nicolas Hodges shares his experience with Debussy’s piano music.

Montblanc is a strong advocate of music, supporting young artists and their future aspirations, allowing them to express their talent in unique ways. These masterclasses forge an integral link for young musicians to the professional music world, offering insights and opportunities for them to shine.

Montblanc Masterclasses are supported by Montblanc Australia and the Centre’s Masterclass Leadership Circle, led by Benefactors Cathy Lowy and John Price.