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From New York
Brentano String Quartet

Touring to Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide and Newcastle
In taking their name from Antonie Brentano - friend and patron of Beethoven and possibly his "Immortal Beloved" - the Brentano String Quartet hoped "that if he loved her and we named ourselves after her, he might love us, too."
Acknowledged as masterful interpreters of the great classics of the genre, for this tour their traditional choices of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven are complemented by a medley of Renaissance music by Gibbons, Tallis and Isaac, as well as the first string quartet written by Australian Featured Composer, Ian Munro. 
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From Denmark and Australia
Concerto Copenhagen & Genevieve Lacey

Touring Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney, Perth, Canberra and NewcastleConcerto Copenhagen is an orchestra consisting of eleven musicians from vastly different backgrounds who all share one common goal - to make energetic, vibrant re-creations of the finest period music. As its director, Lars-Ulrik Mortensen puts it, "we play music of long ago in order not to create a museum, but to create the exact opposite...a very contemporary, here-and-now experience."

Joined by world-renowned Australian recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey, the orchestra performs a diverse mix of Baroque concertos and instrumental works, known and unknown, and music chosen for its intimacy, nuance and flexibility. Masterpieces by JS Bach and Vivaldi are complemented by an exploration of their lesser-known contemporary Telemann.
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Tuesday 21 June performance: Graeme Watson Tribute Concert

From Australia 
Goldner String Quartet & Ian Munro

Australia's preeminent string quartet, the Goldner String Quartet is joined by long-time friend and colleague Ian Munro in an exciting piano quintet combination.
Featured Composer Ian Munro is resident pianist with the Ensemble, so a piano quintet tour was an obvious way to highlight the now unusual phenomenon of the composer-pianist.

The tour will feature well-known piano quintets by Brahms and Dvorák, alongside the premiere of Ian Munro's Piano Quintet.View a video clip of Ian Munro here < >
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From the United Kingdom

PianoWorld-renowned pianist and composer, Stephen Hough, returns to Australia in 2011 for his third tour with Musica Viva.

Winner of the 2010 Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist Award, Hough loves heated discussions, bowler hats and finding unlikely connections between contrary composers. He has devised a program which will take audiences on a journey from the familiarity of Beethoven's ‘Moonlight' Sonata to a work many regard as Liszt's greatest composition, his Piano Sonata in B minor, and through the twisted paths of two Scriabin sonatas.

Hough will also premiere one of his new works, jointly commissioned by Musica Viva and Wigmore Hall for this tour. View a video clip of Stephen Hough here
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From Germany and France
Sabine Meyer & Modigliani Quartet

World renowned clarinettist Sabine Meyer returns to Australia for the first time in fifteen years, joined by the Modigliani String Quartet.

Meyer's career attained worldwide attention when Herbert von Karajan appointed her Principal Clarinet of, and first woman in, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in 1982. Since then she has been acclaimed as the greatest clarinettist in the world. She maintains this position by having the highest expectations of herself, most importantly, by "wanting to play music in an honest way".

Formed by four friends in Paris in 2003, the Modigliani String Quartet's chemistry invariably captivates audiences with their relaxed and spontaneous style. This program combines clarinet quintets by both Brahms and Mozart, alongside Australian Composer Ian Munro's Clarinet Quintet, Songs from the Bush (2010).

View a video clip of Sabine Meyer here a video clip of the Modigliani Quartet here