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We love sharing music with you but occasionally we pause to talk to musicians, artists and eminent Melbourne community members about their passions, work and of course music. Listen to a selection of our favourite interviews taken from a wide range of programs.

Sep 10 2016

MESS and Inclusive Electronic Music-Making

Australian Sounds presenter Zoe Barker presents this piece on the Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio (MESS), and the opportunities they give to those traditionally marginalised in electronic music-making.

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Jul 7 2015

André Gremillet

André Gremillet is the managing director of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. In this podcast he talks to Callum Moncrieff about his musical background, and his experiences with the orchestra, including the programming process.


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Dec 14 2015

Brendan Colbert

3MBS’s Tony Thomas speaks to Melbourne-based composer Brendan Colbert on his development through a non-traditional path, approach to composition, and working with the Arcko Symphonic Ensemble.


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Jul 7 2015

Colette Vella

Colette Vella is Musica Viva’s Director of Business Development for Education. In this interview she discusses the impact Musica Viva is having on schools across Australia, and the changes that have occurred over the past 35 years.


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Aug 9 2016

David Fung

Pianist David Fung joined Piano Album presenter Vanessa Sharman ahead of his Melbourne Chamber Orchestra tour


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Dec 20 2015

David Lang

3MBS’s Tony Thomas speaks with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang about his musical identity, use of religious texts, and his film work with Paolo Sorrentino.


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Jul 7 2015

Emerson School

Students and teachers of the Emerson School recently attended the Coffee Concert at the Melbourne Recital Centre as guests of Musica Viva. It was the first time most of them had ever been in a concert hall. We talked to Principal John Mooney and Yolette Stewart, the head of the music department, as well as some of the students, following the concert.


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Aug 2 2015

FutureMakers

Musica Viva recently launched it’s FutureMakers initiative which aims to ’empower leading young virtuosi to become Australia’s next generation of outstanding musical performers who are flexible and curious leaders’. The Arcadia Quintet have been selected as one of the first groups of musicians to take part. Ted Davies talks to Musica Viva’s Genevieve Lacey, and Kiran Phatak of the Arcadia Quintet, about FutureMakers.


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Sep 18 2015

Genevieve Lacey on the creation of ‘Heard This and Thought of You’

Recorder player Genevieve Lacey recently released an album titled ‘Heard This and Thought of You‘ with accordion player James Crabb. In this podcast, she discusses with Sascha Kelly how the concept of the album came together.


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Sep 18 2015

Genevieve Lacey: Advice for young performers with a chosen instrument of lesser popularity

In a recent interview with Sascha Kelly for Music in Melbourne, recorder player Genevieve Lacey provided some advice for young aspiring performers who find themselves similarly forming a path with an instrument of lesser popularity.


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Jan 4 2016

Georgia Browne

The Peninsula Summer Music Festival is currently being held at the Mornington Peninsula through to the 10th of January. Historical flute player Georgia Browne is one of the artists performing at the festival. Adele Schonhardt talked to her recently about her instrument and the program for the festival.


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Oct 14 2015

Howard Penny on ANAM Quartethaus

In a recent interview with Sascha Kelly, ANAM’s Howard Penny discussed ANAM’s innovative and intimate performance space known as the ANAM Quartethaus.


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Sep 17 2014

Imogen Cooper

Renowned pianist Imogen Cooper toured Australia with Musica Viva in August 2014. She took a short break from her busy schedule while in Melbourne and talked to Doug Beecroft about her life, studying with Alfred Brendel and what inspires her as a musician.


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Mar 1 2016

Lisa Cheney on ‘Making Waves’

Australian Sounds presenter Leah Blankendaal recently spoke to Lisa Cheney; the curator of the website Making Waves, which provides a platform for discovering and sharing new Australian music. Tune in to Australian Sounds regularly to hear music featured on the website’s playlists.


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May 9 2016

Lyndon Terracini

Opera Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini talked to Nigel Simpson about OA’s Autumn Season 2016 which includes Puccini’s La Boheme, Bizet’s The Pearlfishers and Verdi’s rarely performed Luisa Miller. This is your essential guide to Opera Australia’s Melbourne performances!


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Mar 6 2016

Making Waves: Chris Williams

As a part of Australian Sounds‘ ongoing collaboration with website Making Waves, Leah Blankendaal recently spoke with composer Chris Williams about his education at Oxford, and his piece Beautiful Lines.


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Jun 13 2016

Making Waves: Susan Hawkins

As a part of the continued relationship between Australian Sounds and the website Making Waves, Leah Blankendaal recently spoke to composer Susan Hawkins about her music and collaborations.


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Jul 7 2015

Martin Macauley

Shrewd Brass has been touring for Musica Viva for over 20 years. It’s one of the many ensembles in Musica Viva’s Live Performance Plus program, which puts musicians in schools all over Australia. Adele Schonhardt talks to Martin Macauley, tuba player for Shrewd Brass.


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Dec 2 2015

Maxim Vengerov

Visiting violinist Maxim Vengerov joined Ted Davies on Musica Viva Hour during his Australian Tour 2015.


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Jul 4 2016

Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio

Leah Blankendaal recently spoke to Bryon J Scullin and Robin Fox from the Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio (MESS Ltd) about their organisation’s history, and the opportunities they’re bringing to Melbourne-based electronic musicians & composers.


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Sep 10 2016

MESS and Inclusive Electronic Music-Making

Australian Sounds presenter Zoe Barker presents this piece on the Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio (MESS), and the opportunities they give to those traditionally marginalised in electronic music-making.


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Mar 15 2016

Michael Bakrnčev

Leah Blankendaal speaks to Michael Bakrnčev; composer, and artistic director of the Melbourne Metropolitan Sinfonietta. Together they speak about his artistic & cultural background, the ‘Melbourne Met’, and his work with the MSO’s Cybec Program and the Metropolis concert series.


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Jun 13 2016

Mirko Guerrini

One of the more unique performances from this year’s Melbourne International Jazz Festival was ‘Sound Portraits’, where saxophonist Mirko Guerrini and trumpet player Niran Dasika would craft their music around the features of a person positioned in front of them. Zoe Barker spoke to Mirko Guerrini ahead of this year’s festival.


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Sep 18 2014

Nicolette Fraillon

As Orchestra Victoria’s operations are merged with the Australian Ballet, Ted Davies talks to Music Director & Chief Conductor of Australian Ballet Nicolette Fraillon about recent developments, the challenges faced by pit orchestras and what sets them apart from their symphony counterparts.


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Jul 7 2015

Nigel Westlake

Australian composer Nigel Westlake talks to Callum Moncrieff about the upcoming performance of the Babe soundtrack live with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and his composition of the score for the iconic film.


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Jul 25 2015

Noga Quartet

Doug Beecroft talks to Simon Roturier, Lauriane Vernhes, Avishai Chameides and Joan Bachs of the Berlin-based Noga Quartet following their win at the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition.


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Sep 18 2015

Olli Mustonen on being a composer, conductor and pianist

In a recent interview with Sascha Kelly for Music in Melbourne, composer, pianist and conductor Olli Mustonen discussed the relationship between all three roles he takes in music.


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Aug 2 2015

Paul Lewis

Pianist Paul Lewis will be performing a recital in Australia as a guest of Musica Viva. Ted Davies talks to him about the show and the body of work he performs as a pianist.


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Feb 12 2016

Phoebe Briggs on Voyage to the Moon

Head of Music at Victorian Opera Phoebe Briggs talks to Ted Davies about Voyage to the Moon, a baroque opera re-imagined which opens in Melbourne on Monday 15th February.


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Jun 23 2016

Piers Lane / Australian Festival of Chamber Music

One of our major prizes in this years Major Draw is tickets and accommodation to the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville (29/07-06/08). Sascha talked to Artistic Director Piers Lane who celebrates 10 years at the helm to find out more about the festival program.


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Feb 25 2016

R. Larry Todd on Felix Mendelssohn

Do you need to brush up your knowledge of Mendelssohn’s life? No one knows Mendelssohn better that prof. R. Larry Todd! He is Professor of Music at Duke University, author of Mendelssohn’s definitive biography ‘A Life in Music’ and he talked to Mark Shepheard about our Marathon composer who is central to his research.


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Jul 23 2015

Robert Hollingworth

I Fagiolini director Robert Hollingworth talks to Ted Davies ahead of  the vocal group’s Melbourne concerts on Tues July 28
at 7pm & Sat Aug 1at 7pm at the Melbourne Recital Centre.


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Jun 20 2016

Roger Woodward

Piano Album presenter Vanessa Sharman talks to acclaimed pianist Roger Woodward ahead of his performance at the Melbourne Recital Centre on 23rd June 2016.


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Aug 7 2015

Simon Trpčeski (Part 1)

3MBS recently had the chance to speak to Macedonian pianist Simon Trpčeski. Trpčeski performed the first Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with Vasily Petrenko as conductor. Callum Moncrief asks about his views of local orchestras compared to those in Europe and the US, his relationship with Petrenko, and the great Russian romantic piano concertos.


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Aug 7 2015

Simon Trpčeski (Part 2)

Callum Moncrief continues his interview with pianist Simon Trpčeski. In this part, they touch on the range of Macedonian compositions he has performed, and advice for young up-and-coming pianists.


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Aug 2 2015

Sir Mark Elder on Elgar and ‘In the South’

In an interview with Doug Beecroft, Sir Mark Elder gives some insight into the life of English composer Edward Elgar and his concert overture ‘In the South’.


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Aug 2 2015

Sir Mark Elder on Mahler

In a recent interview with Sir Mark Elder, Doug Beecroft asked why he saw Gustav Mahler’s third symphony as ‘wonderful for young people’. Hear his response, and his insight into Mahler in this excerpt.


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Aug 2 2015

Sir Mark Elder on Mahler’s Sixth Symphony

Doug Beecroft recently talked to Sir Mark Elder about Mahler’s Sixth Symphony ahead of his 2015 performances with the Australian Youth Orchestra. Hear his take on Mahler’s Symphony in this excerpt.


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Mar 29 2016

Steven Hough

British-born pianist Steven Hough talked to Ted Davies about his fourth Musica Viva Australian Tour which begins on 14 April.


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Jun 12 2015

Steven Isserlis

Steven Isserlis is revered amongst cellists not just for his technical mastery, but also for his enquiring mind which seeks out lesser-known repertoire (and tells you about it), as well as his vibrant stage presence which carries his enthusiasm straight to every listener. In this podcast he talks to Ted Davies about what draws him to Australia and why he has chosen a French repertoire for his Australian tour.


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