In 2022, 3MBS and Artistic Director, Chris Howlett celebrate the 10th anniversary of the annual 3MBS Marathon. After an extraordinary ten years as curator of this event, Chris Howlett turns his artistic vision to Russia to honour the musical world of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.  From chamber to concerto, from ballet to song, the 3MBS Marathon showcases this great composer in one extraordinary day. Works include: Violin Concerto in D, Souvenir de Florence, Piano Trio in A minor and Variations on a Rococo Theme.

Join us on Saturday, 19th February when we welcome the return of Melbourne’s much-loved musicians performing live at the Melbourne Recital Centre or streaming through Australian Digital Concert Hall. Enjoy performances from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Elyane Laussade, Christian Li, Charlotte Miles, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Timothy Young, Samuel Sakker, Tristan Lee, Gintaute Gataveckaite and many more of Melbourne’s favourite artists.

In its 10th year, the 3MBS Marathon travels to Russia for the very first time celebrating the musical world of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.  From chamber to concerto, from ballet to song the 3MBS Marathon showcases this great composer and so many incredible Melbourne artists in one extraordinary day. 


CONCERT 1: 10.00AM

To launch the day’s celebrations, The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus will open with Tchaikovsky’s a cappella choral work, Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 41.

Followed by a performance of his Sérénade mélancolique, Op.26 and rounding out the 70-minute morning concert an astounding performance of the Album for the Young, Op.39 by pianist Timothy Young.

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Duo Chamber Melange
Timothy Young

CONCERT 2: 12.30PM

Join us at midday for a sparkling performance of Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons, Op.37b by brilliant pianist and much-loved 3MBS friend, Elyane Laussade.

Followed by an illuminating performance from members of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra of Souvenir de Florence Op.70. for string sextet.

Elyane Laussade
Melbourne Chamber Orchestra sextet


Allow Tchaikovsky’s more familiar works charm your afternoon with a performance of The Sleeping Beauty Suite, Op.66a arranged for piano four-hands by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Songmakers Australia follow to beguile you with a performance of the little-heard Noch (Night), TH 88 for vocal quartet, then settle in for a stellar performance featuring Curt Thompson (violin), Julian Smiles (cello) and Kristian Chong (piano) of Tchaikovsky’s tribute to his dear friend and mentor, Nikolai Rubenstein, the Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50.

Louisa Breen and Adrian Boase
Songmakers Australia
Julian Smiles


The afternoon continues to charm in Concert 4 with more of Tchaikovsky’s familiar works. Melbourne pianists Tristan Lee and Gintaute Gataveckaite will perform a special arrangement for piano four-hands of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20a.

Then, the mellifluous voice of Samuel Sakker (tenor) and associate artist Stewart Kelly (piano) will enchant you with Tchaikovsky’s Six Romances, Op.6.

And rounding out this concert, the melodic String Quartet No.3 in E-fat minor, Op.30 performed by the Affinity String Quartet.

Tristan Lee and Gintaute Gataveckaite
Samuel Sakker and Stewart Kelly
Affinity String Quartet.


Opening our final concert will be Corpus Medicorum who will perform Overture-Fantasia, Op.67 ‘Hamlet.’ 3MBS Young Performer of the Year Award winner (2019) Charlotte Miles (cello) will then join the orchestra to perform Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op.33. And finally, 13-year-old violinist Christian Li will take the stage to perform Violin Concerto in D major, p.35 with Corpus Medicorum.

And finally, 14 year-old violinist and prodigy, Christian Li, will take the stage to perform the beautiful and much-loved Violin Concerto in D, Op.35 with Corpus Medicorum.

Corpus Medicorum
Charlotte Miles
Christian Li