From superstar soloists, sublime celebrations to some of the greatest repertoires of all time, theMelbourne Symphony Orchestra’s 2018 season is filled with symphonic sounds and spectacular surprises. ‘It’s quite possibly our most exciting season yet,’ said Chief Conductor Sir Andrew Davis. Highlights include a celebration of the centenary ofLeonard Bernstein, and some rarely performed choral masterpieces includingElgar’sThe Dream of Gerontius andBerlioz’L’Enfance du Christ. Davis has matched guest artists with repertoire for which they have a special affinity, so the season is studded with internationally renowned stars, including Nelson Freire,Stuart Skelton, legendary violinistAnne-Sophie Mutter, internationally celebrated violinistsJames Ehnes andMaxim Vengerov, pianists Benjamin Grosvenor andMoye Chen, singersEva-Maria Westbroek andThomas Hampson, and guest conductorsKarina CanellakisandMuhai Tang.
Musica Viva’s program glitters with dazzling talent and unexpected gems. Superstars of the Baroque, Tafelmusik, deliver an incredible theatrical expedition inBach and His World, while legendary German clarinettist Sabine Meyer makes a surprising appearance in the company of the remarkable Alliage Quintett. Adding to the season’s lustre, will be leading virtuoso, violinist Ray Chen performing with pianist Julien Quentin; electrifying wizard of the mandolin Avi Avital together with the Giocoso String Quartet; plus the magical talents of Joyce Yang, the Benedetti Elschenbroich Grynyuk Trio, and the Borodin Quartet. Legendary musician Sir András Schiff will perform two special Gala Concerts. Australian composition figures strongly through the season, with new works commissioned from Elena Kats-Chernin, Elizabeth Younan and Matthew Hindson.
A Pulitzer Prize-winning violin concerto, the visceral thrill of taiko drumming and the world premiere of a new cello concerto by Australian composer Brett Dean are just some of the delights in store for audiences in theSydney Symphony Orchestra’s 2018 season. Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, David Robertson has again invited some of the world’s best soloists and conductors to perform with the SSO, including pianists Emanuel Ax, Nelson Freire and Jean-Yves Thibaudet, violinists Anne-Sophie Mutter, Renaud Capuçon and Lisa Batiashvili, and cellist Alban Gerhardt. Russian pianist Yulianna Avdeeva will make her Australian debut in a recital presented by the SSO.
‘Our 2018 season features breathtaking music celebrating the virtuosity of the musicians and the versatility of an ensemble at the top of its form’, enthuses Robertson.
Characteristically bold, ambitious and adventurous, the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s 2018 season will take audiences on an immersive journey that traverses from inspired interpretations of 18th and 19th century masterworks through to new music that will challenge the mind and ignite the senses. The ACO will also celebrate the virtuosity of its own players, with ACO musicians, including Satu Vanska, Timo-Veikko Valve, Maxime Bibeau, Ike See, Glenn Christenson and Julian Thompson performing as soloists in the season. Opera megastar Nicole Car will give an exclusive orchestral performance in Australia with the ACO. Cellist Steven Isserlis will reunite with Richard Tognetti and the ACO for a performance of Shostakovich’s mammoth first cello concerto. Violinists Alina Ibragimova and Ilya Gringolts take on roles as guest directors for two programs of virtuosity and drama. In keeping with their commitment to commission and perform new music that pushes the boundaries of convention, the ACO will perform four world premieres and two Australian premieres in 2018.
For the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, 2018 will be a season of musical contrasts. Over the year, there will be pieces that challenge, pieces to fall in love with, sounds that are new, and sounds that are well loved.
As Music Director Alondra de la Parra says, ‘It’s a season in which you can let yourself go, and simply allow the music to tell its story. ‘
QSO welcomes Sergio Tiempo as Artist-in-Residence. Tiempo is one of the most thought-provoking pianists of his generation, and is renowned for his energy and musical versatility. Another highlight will be when Chad Hoopes, the acclaimed young violinist who is set to reframe the future of music, performs the Barber Concerto on his beloved 1713 Antonio Stradivarius Cooper with the Orchestra.
2018 is shaping up to be one of the most thrilling seasons ever for our AMPAG members.