For nine years Melbourne Recital Centre has been the best place to get up close and personal with the world’s greatest musicians. With its focus on the solo or duo recital, Melbourne Recital Centre’s Great Performers concert series is unique in Australia.
Launched today, the 2019 season of Great Performers consolidates the series’ vital importance as a platform for internationally significant music-making. As critic Eamonn Kelly said, ‘Melbourne Recital Centre’s Great Performers series challenges blinkered thinking, presenting international masters in intimate recital. The series regularly manages programming miracles and demonstrates that global engagement is both possible and preferable.’ (The Australian, 4 June 2018).
The Centre celebrates its 10th Anniversary in 2019, and it’s an occasion to welcome back friends and make new ones. Director of Programming Marshall McGuire has curated a season of journeys in space and time, from contemporary Australia to 18th-century Europe. This year Great Performers celebrates Australian artists as Australian Chamber Orchestra Principal Violin Satu Vänskä gives an exclusive recital in February and soprano Nicole Car and her husband Etienne Dupuis come straight from their appearances at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. Australian pianists Kristian Chong, Daniel De Borah and Jayson Gilham collaborate as associate artists.
Director of Programming Marshall McGuire says, ‘Putting together Great Performers is one of the most pleasurable challenges a programmer can have: there are so many brilliant musicians pushing the boundaries of their instruments and infusing new vitality into the art of the recital. I’ve aimed to put together a representative snapshot of the art of the Great Performer in 2019. I’m particularly delighted we can present Satu Vänskä and Nicole Car, two Australian artists on the world’s greatest stages.’
From further afield, early music luminary Jordi Savall, one of the world’s great viola da gamba players, returns to Great Performers with guitarist Xavier Diaz-Latorre. Pianist Paul Lewis concludes his acclaimed three-year survey of the works of Haydn, Beethoven and Brahms. Lewis’s 2018 concerts garnered four-and-a-half-star reviews from The Age. Virtuoso pianist Behzod Abduraimov has given two unforgettable recitals and returns to astonish audiences again.
New to the series are Kirill Gerstein, one of the most exciting pianists of our day, star violinist Vadim Gluzman and pianist Stephen Kovacevich, a musician with a long and celebrated career. McGuire says, ‘Audiences can expect more of what they’ve come to love about Great Performers: top flight musicians inspired by the intimacy, clarity and warmth of Elisabeth Murdoch Hall. The concerts they give here remain with them, and with us for many years to come.
Season ticket packages for Great Performers are available now, priced from $210. Single tickets are available from 30 November 2018. For more information and to book, visit melbournerecital.com.au
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