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Contemporary Masters Award: Inventi Ensemble

Melbourne Recital Centre is pleased to announce the July to December 2018 Contemporary Masters Award has been awarded to Inventi Ensemble.

Melissa Doecke (flute) and Peter de Jager (piano) of Inventi Ensemble performed Jonathan Harvey’s Run Before Lightning on 2 July 2018 in the Primrose Potter 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 CEO, Euan Murdoch says:

‘Melbourne Recital Centre takes pride in presenting the widest range of musical styles possible, from the Renaissance to the current day. The 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. And what better way to start our 10th anniversary celebrations in 2019 than by acknowledging the vital contributions our Local Heroes ensembles make to the musical life of the Centre.

This brilliant performance of Jonathan Harvey’s Run Before Lightning was a tour de force from Melissa Doecke and Peter de Jager – a scintillating, virtuosic and totally engaging conclusion to their beautifully-constructed program. These two performers shone in repertoire that was new to many, capturing our attention throughout and opening our ears to the beauty and originality of this music.’