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Founded in 1945, Musica Viva is Australia's oldest independent professional performing arts organisation. Musica Viva stands for the transformative power of live music and for the unique creative force that is unleashed through a life-long engagement with music. Musica Viva’s International Concert Season is a season of seven national tours featuring the world’s best international chamber musicians, presented in Australia’s major cities: Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth and in Sydney at City Recital Hall.

2019 Season

The 2019 Musica Viva International Concert season is a rich array of the world’s greatest treasures. From the eagerly anticipated return of The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, and the Legendary American Emerson Quartet to the rising superstars from the Skride Piano Quartet - this season has something for every fine music lover!

2019 season subscriptions are available through their website and single tickets are on sale via City Recital Hall's Box Office and website. Click here to view all Musica Viva concerts currently on sale via our website and Box Office.

Natalie Clein & Katya Apekisheva

Mon 4 Mar 7pm, Sat 23 Feb 2pm

Natalie Clein plays with a unique combination of passion and delicacy. It’s as though the cello becomes her voice, and she is simply telling us a story through music and emotion.

For her first full Australian tour she is accompanied by pianist Katya Apekisheva, a musician of equal talent and sensitivity.

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Mon 13 May 7pm, Sat 25 May 2pm

ZOFO is a ‘20-Finger Orchestra’ who have electrified audiences with their dazzling artistry and outside-the-box thematic programming for piano-four-hands. 

Witness them create an unforgettable multimedia concert experience; a celebration of marvellous pianism set against an enthralling background of international artworks.

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Doric String Quartet

Mon 24 Jun 7pm, Sat 22 Jun 2pm

The Doric String Quartet has firmly established itself as the leading British string quartet of its generation, receiving enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics across the globe. Whether tackling the delicate nuances of earlier composers, or embracing the dramatic gestures of contemporary ones, the Dorics provide a captivating blend of sophistication and passion.

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The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge

Mon 29 Jul 7pm

Founded in the fifteenth century, the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge is the pre-eminent representative of the British church music tradition. The distinctively pure tone of this legendary British choir has been honed over centuries in the vaulted stone arches of the College Chapel.

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Emerson String Quartet

Mon 9 Sep 7pm, Sat 7 Sep 2pm

Perhaps the most celebrated string quartet ever to emerge from the USA, the Emerson String Quartet is making its first Australian tour in over 19 years. Founded in 1976 and with only one personnel change in all that time, the ensemble has stacked up more than 30 recordings and countless awards.

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Sat 26 Oct 2pm, Mon 14 Oct 7pm

Early music has rarely sounded as chic or brilliant! Nevermind is rewriting the rule-book on period-instrument concerts with an engaging mix of virtuoso expertise and unpretentious charm. Delighting audiences in festivals and concert series across Europe and making their Australian debut with Musica Viva, Nevermind are dedicated to the universal appeal of good music.

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Skride Piano Quartet

Mon 4 Nov 7pm, Sat 9 Nov 2pm

A new classical supergroup of four leading European soloists, the Skride Piano Quartet is sweeping through the northern hemisphere like a breath of fresh air – and is now bringing its dazzling energy to Australia. Together these stunning virtuosi play with an exhilarating sense of joy, mutual respect and endless invention.

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