Musical Coup: Australian Festival of Chamber Music to host winner of the
Sydney International Piano Competition

In a major coup for the Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM), the winner of one of the world’s greatest piano competitions will perform at the event in Townsville this year!

The Sydney International Piano Competition is acclaimed as one of the major international events of its kind in the world, to be held this year from July 6 to 23 at the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Held only every four years, this year Piers Lane is both Artistic Director and Chair of the Jury.

One of the first engagements of the winner of the competition will be performing at the AFCM with the chamber music artists who perform with the semi-finalists in the competition – the wonderful Tasmin Little (violin) from the UK and the festival’s acclaimed Ensemble-in-Residence, the Goldner Quartet.

The performance will take place on Monday August 1 at 5.30pm in the Townsville Civic Theatre and is set to be an evening of pure music magic, and one which witnesses a star in the making.

This musical coup for AFCM ticket holders follows news that three concerts at the AFCM have already sold out, with another six on the verge. The 26th AFCM will be held from 29 July to 6 August this year in Townsville; the 10th under the baton of acclaimed Artistic Director Piers Lane AO. Artists and guests alike attend from all over the globe because of the incredible fusion of music, friendship, experience and celebration the event creates.

Sydney International Piano Competition
Piers Lane AO is the Artistic Director of the Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia; 2016 is the first year with Piers at the creative helm. He has had a long association with the event: he won the prize for the ‘Best Australian Pianist’ in the first Sydney International Piano Competition and gave the Opening Recital as a juror of the 2004 Competition. The competition was inaugurated in July 1977 and has since been held every four years, except in 1988 when it was brought forward to coincide with the Bicentenary of Australia celebrations. It was admitted as a member of the Geneva based World Federation of International Music Competitions in 1978, the first Australian competition to be accepted as a member.


29 July – 6 August 2016 | Townsville, North Queensland

www.afcm.com.au | #afcm16

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