Musica Viva launches FutureMakers

Musica Viva has launched FutureMakers, a two-year fellowship program for musicians which begins in September.

Musica Viva launches FutureMakers

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FutureMakers will empower leading young virtuosi to become Australia’s next generation of outstanding musical performers who are flexible and curious leaders.

Musica Viva’s Chief Executive Officer, Mary Jo Capps said she believedFutureMakers was Australia’s most holistic artist development program for professional musicians.

'This ground-breaking national program will be guided by one of Australia’s finest musicians, Genevieve Lacey, who steps into the role of FutureMakers’ Artistic Director.

'We are delighted to have Genevieve join us in this capacity, as she will offer unparalleled insight and inspiration to the musicians taking part in this program,' Ms Capps said.

FutureMakers, which has been designed around project-based learning, will give musicians rich chamber music mentoring, present diverse performances, create education and community engagement projects, devise collaborations at the highest level, and develop business skills critical for success in the industry.

Ms Lacey said it would ensure that the next generation of super-gifted musicians is supported and appropriately skilled.

It is intended that the program willhelp musicians take their performance, entrepreneurial and leadership skills to the next level, putting them in the best position to be able to launch their music careers in Australia.

Following an extensive application and audition process earlier this year,Musica Viva had selectedan ensemble of high calibrethe Arcadia Quintetto take part in the first two-year fellowship which begins in September.

'The Arcadia Quintet is a woodwind ensemble that impressed us immensely during the audition process and we look forward to empowering them professionally over the next two years.'

Comprising Kiran Phatak (flute), David Reichelt (oboe), Lloyd Van’t Hoff (clarinet), Rachel Shaw (French horn) and Matthew Kneale (bassoon), the Arcadia Quintet formed at the Australian National Academy of Music in 2013 and is currently based in Melbourne.

In launching the program Ms Capps acknowledged the generosity of the Berg Family Foundation which has enabled Musica Viva to offer talented young musicians the opportunity to be a part of the new program.

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