The 28th AFCM, will take place over 10 glorious days from Friday 27th July to Sunday 5th August, featuring 25 concerts and 5 special events, including extraordinary concerts on Orpheus Island and Magnetic Island, as well as collaborations, conversations and masterclasses performed by the world’s best chamber musicians in churches, theatres and gardens throughout the North Queensland city. The program includes six-morning Concert Conversations, five Sunset Series events, seven Evening Series concerts and Winterschool masterclasses and performances. New to 2018 are the Cleveland Bay Supper Club Lounge Concert, the AFCM Up Late event titled The World Comes to Flinders, the Dovetailing Barber which is set to be a wonderful event at Mary Mackillop Church, and the AFCM After Party which will be held on Magnetic Island.
Good tickets are still available for most concerts, including the Festival Opening Night concert, Governor’s Gala and the popular Concert Conversations series. Holiday packages are also on sale for just a few more days.
Highlights of the event
A snapshot of the musicians and magnificent instruments of the 2018 AFCM includes:
- In a stunning coup for the AFCM, celebrated Chinese musician and master Sheng player Wu Tong will make his Australian debut. He is a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, was a member of the first rock band ever to appear on Chinese television and is the fourth generation in his family to play the Sheng.
- Acclaimed Czech violinist Pavel Fischer will perform at the AFCM and is also the Director of the Festival’s Winterschool music education program. He plays a Joseph Gagliano violin.
- In-demand soloist and chamber musician Karen Gomyo originally from Japan, now residing in Germany, is an avid fan of Argentine tango, having performed with legendary tango pianist Pablo Ziegler. She plays a “Aurora, ex-Foulis” Stradivarius violin made in 1703.
- Celebrated Norwegian trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth will make her debut in Australia. Tine is one of only a handful of trumpeters to have made a successful solo career from it. She also has her own 10 piece all-female brass ensemble, tenThing.
- Rising Australian superstar, Grace Clifford, won the ABC Young Performer of the Year award, the biggest prize in Australia for classical musicians in 2014 at the age of 16, and she will be the youngest musician to perform at the AFCM. She plays a Jean-Baptise Vuillaume violin from 1859.
- As a member of both the Goldner String Quartet and the Australia Ensemble@UNSW, Dimity Hall has performed, toured and recorded extensively and has appeared as soloist with the SSO and the ACO among others. She plays a Nicolo Gagliano violin.
- Dene Olding is currently first violinist with the Goldner String Quartet and the Australia Ensemble@UNSW as well as Concertmaster Emeritus of the SSO and Artistic Advisor of Michael Hill International Violin Competition in NZ. Dene plays a Joseph Guarnerius violin made in 1720.
- German-born Tobias Brieder is one of Australia’s most in-demand viola players in chamber music, plays internationally and is principal violist at the SSO. He plays a Ritter Viola from 1877.
- Australian viola-player Irina Morozova is a foundation and current member of both the Australia Ensemble@UNSW and Goldner String Quartet and has performed in over 30 countries. She plays an AE Smith viola made in 1947.
- Described as “the giant of the Nordic viola” Lars Anders Tomter from Norway has distinguished himself as one of the world’s leading violists. His repertoire embraces all major works for viola as well as new works written for him. He plays a Gasparo Salò da viola from 1590.
- István Várdai from Hungary is the only cellist in the world to have won both the International Cello Competition in Geneva (2008) and the ARD Competition in Munich (2014), the two most important contests for cellists. He plays a Montagnana cello from 1720.
- JP JOFRE – bandoneon player and composer and native of San Juan Argentina, “J.P.” Jofre is adored by the New York Times, and praised as one of today’s leading artists by Great Performers at Lincoln Center. His music has been recorded by 16 Grammy Winner Paquito D’ Rivera and choreographed/performed by ballet star Herman Cornejo (Principal Dancer of the American Ballet Theatre). NINE of his composed works are being performed at the AFCM in Townsville – 2 world premieres and 7 Australian premieres.
- British cellist Guy Johnston won BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2000 and has since performed all over the world. Known also as an outstanding chamber musician, he is Artistic Director of the Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival. He plays a 1714 David Tecchler cello.
- Australian cellist Howard Penny is currently Head of Strings at ANAM having been based in Europe for nearly 30 years. As a soloist, chamber musician, principal cello of chamber orchestras and teacher he has performed on five continents. He plays a cello by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume from 1850.
- Julian Smiles’ diverse career as a cellist combining solo, chamber music and orchestral performance reaches national and international audiences. He is a member of the Goldner String Quartet and Australia Ensemble@UNSW. He plays a Lorenzo Ventapane cello from 1827.
About Australian Festival of Chamber Music
27 July – 5 August 2018
Held at various locations in Townsville, North Queensland
Book your tickets and packages from www.afcm.com.au