Melbourne Recital Centre is pleased to announce the July to December 2017 Contemporary Masters Award has been awarded to Songmakers Australia.
The members of Songmakers Australia (Andrea Katz, Merlyn Quaife, Christina Wilson and Andrew Goodwin) performed their winning interpretation of From Jewish Poetry Op.79 by Shostakovich on 4 October 2017 in the Salon.
The award is supported by pianist Stephen McIntyre AM and friends who established the award in honour of Stephen’s birthday. It enables Melbourne Recital Centre to recognise the finest performances of repertoire from the 20th and 21st centuries. The Contemporary Masters Performance Award is open to selected ensembles who perform at Melbourne Recital Centre throughout the year.
Melbourne Recital Centre’s Director of Programming, Marshall McGuire says:
‘Melbourne Recital Centre prides itself on presenting the widest range of musical styles possible, from the renaissance to the current day. This enlightened support, from friends and supporters of Australia’s great pianist Stephen McIntyre, enables us to celebrate some of the outstanding performances of twentieth and twenty-first century music performed by Melbourne’s leading performers. The performance of Shostakovich by Songmakers Australia is one that sticks in the mind – it was vivid, surprising, beautifully sung, and had a real Russianness that was so emotional and compelling.’