Society News

Thank You Australia Piano Quartet

Their programme was a beautiful balance of the joyous, the introspective and the exhilarating. The lush lyrical violin of guest member Andrew Haveron complemented the elegantly restrained style of the Quartet perfectly. Their Mozart quartet K452 had a  a light airy sound that was ravishing. Their Mozart... Read More

The Remarkable Life of Richard Goldner

Our 2017 concert season opens on 3 March 2017 with a concert by the Goldner String Quartet.  There is an inspiring story behind the quartet's name.  Richard Goldner, the man in whose honour the Goldner String Quartet is named, came to Australia to escape from the rise of the Nazism, made a fortune then spent Read More

Your Chance to Win Mozart 225

We are pleased to pass on news from Universal Music Australia about its major prize giveaway to celebrate the release of Mozart 225: The New Complete Edition.  This new release set includes over 200 CDs, 240 hours of recorded performances featuring 600 soloists, artists and orchestras, plus... Read More

3MBS Mozart Marathon

If you're in Melbourne on Sunday 26 February 2017 or know music lovers in Melbourne, don't miss the 3MBS Mozart Marathon. For ticket information visit http://www.hawthornartscentre.com.au/event/3mbs-mozart-marathon/ or call... Read More

Thank You Australian String Quartet

What can you say about an  Australian String Quartet performance that hasn't been said many times before - the beautiful ensemble paying, the masterful technique, the dynamic style, the nuanced interpretation, the effortless grace. Their performance for Sydney Mozart Society on Friday night was all that and so much Read More

Mozart 225 The New Complete Edition

The most elegant, complete and scholarly boxed set ever devoted to the work of a single composer is about to be released world-wide. This limited release edition includes the world premiere of a recently discovered lost song by Mozart. It is a ground-breaking multimedia... Read More

Australian World Orchestra

The Australian World Orchestra is one of the great achievements of Australian music. So many brilliant and talented Australian musicians in one orchestra! And many of them have performed for Sydney Mozart Society over the years: Franceso Celata ( clarinet), Sophie Rowell (violin). Emma Sholl (flute), Tim Nankervis... Read More

Of Magic and Madness

Last month, Sydney Mozart Society members enjoyed an excellent concert from the Verbrugghen Ensemble. We are pleased to pass on news from the Sydney Conservatorium about the next  concert in the Verbrugghen Ensemble's own concert series. It's another opportunity to enjoy  great music presented with the Ensemble's... Read More

ClassikON Review: Verbrugghen Ensemble

On Friday 19 August, we experienced a wonderful concert performed by the Verbrugghen Ensemble, the recently formed ensemble in residence at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Daniel Kaan from ClassikON came to the concert and we are very pleased he enjoyed it.  "A distinguished... Read More

2017 Concert Season

We are excited to announce another season of wonderful music performed by some of the leading chamber music ensembles in Australia. Complete 2017 concert details will be published  in our season brochure and available online on our website and Facebook shortly. In the meantime, add these dates to your 2017... Read More

A Winning Performance from the Verbrugghen Ensemble

Forget the Olympics in Rio, last night the real action was in the Concourse Concert Hall Chatswood. It was gold, gold, gold all the way for the Verbrugghen Ensemble. It was a tight first half when the team played  Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet with sparkling purity and precision.  At half time, there was a... Read More

Meet Bridget O'Donnell

As much as we love hearing the very top echelon of Australia’s established musicians, we are always pleased to welcome talented young performers to our concert stage. In next week’s Verbrugghen Ensemble concert, one of the performers will be Bridget... Read More

Meet the Verbrugghen Ensemble

Our fifth concert on Friday 19 August features the newly formed Verbruggen ensemble.  Director of the ensemble is leading USA conductor Dr John Lynch, Associate Professor of Music and Artistic Director and Conductor of the Sydney Conservatorium’s Wind Symphony.  Tony Recsei has had a recent... Read More

Verbrugghen Ensemble Programme Change

We are looking forward to the performance by the Verbrugghen Ensemble in our next concert on 19 August 20017. Unfortunately it has been necessary for the Ensemble to make a change to its programme.  The originally advertised Mozart work in the programme, the Clarinet Quartet in E-flat, K 380/374f... Read More

Bare Bones Opera Debuts with Mozart and Salieri

Bare Bones Opera is launching its debut production, a joint-venture of emerging artists with a fresh approach to operatic performance. Bare Bones was created by soprano Laura King and bass-baritone Christopher Curcuruto, to create a more traditional, scaled-back, theatrical style of opera. This inaugural... Read More

Crossroads Festival of Chamber Music 2016

The annual Crossroads Festival of Chamber Music is back, concert dates are Saturday 20 August 2016 and Sunday 21 August 2016. Join Charmian Gadd and her distinguished musician friends for a weekend of music from the great composers, performed in beautiful Central Coast locations. Relax in the late winter sunshine... Read More

Streeton Trio, What the Audience Said

Ben Kopp described the programme for last night's concert as a 'spiritual journey'. It began in the innocent joyous world of Mozart, moved through the intense emotions of Rachmaninov, contemplated mortality with Pärt then reached the transcendence of Mendelssohn. It was beautiful and uplifting music. The... Read More

Selby and Friends, What The Audience Said

There was a generosity of spirit in Friday night's concert. On stage were star performers, Kathryn Selby (piano) Andrew Haveron (violin) and Umberto Clerici ('cello) in a programme that gave each of them space to shine and to share their energy, intelligence and emotional insights.  Their Mozart  sonata for Read More

Flinders Quartet, What the Audience Said

There is a light sculpture that cascades above the upstairs foyer of The Concourse. It is striking in the modernity of its design and construction. It is the perfect visual metaphor for last night's concert. The Flinders Quartet performed three string quartets that were written over two hundred years ago, but as... Read More

Meet Zoe Knighton and the Flinders Quartet

We are looking forward to our next concert on 18 March 2016 when the Flinders Quartet will perform Mozart's string quartet no 14 in G, K 387, Spring , Haydn's  string quartet in E-flat, op 33, no 2, Hob III:38, The Joke and Beethoven's string quartet in C minor, op 18, no 4 Formed in 2000, Read More

Seraphim Trio, What the Audience Said

On Friday night the Seraphim Trio took the audience on a joyous musical journey. They began in the luminous world of Mozart’s piano trio in C K548, they scaled the dramatic mountain peaks of Shubert’s  Piano trio no 1 in B-flat, D 898, they delighted in the sunshine and lush meadows of Schubert’s Piano quintet in... Read More

Meet Timothy Nankervis

Our 2016 concert season will commence next Friday week, 26th February, at the Concourse Concert Hall Chatswood at 8pm with the Seraphim Trio and guest artists performing the Mozart Piano Trio in C, K 548, Schubert Piano Trio No I in B-flat, D 898 and Schubert Piano Quintet in A, D 667, “the... Read More

Thank You Selby and Friends

It was a memorable end to our 2015 concert season when Selby and Friends gave us a beautiful performance on Friday night. It was everything we expect a Selby and Friends concert to be - superb technique, subtle nuanced interpretation and an astonishing dynamic range from pensive calm to exuberant... Read More

Meet Helena Rathbone

Our last concert for 2015 next Friday 16 October at 8pm will feature Kathryn Selby (piano), Helena Rathbone (violin) and Timo-Veikko Valve (‘cello). The varied programme will comprise Mozart’s Piano Trio in E, K 542;  Beethoven – Seven variations for ‘cello and piano on a duet from  Die Zauberflote WoO 46; Read More

Meet Brenda Jones and the Shigeru Kawai

 At our concert on Friday 2nd October 2015 we present a programme performed by the Sonus Piano Quartet.   Tony Recsei interviewed one of the founding members of the group, pianist Brenda Jones about the performers, the piano to be used and the works to be... Read More

Thank You Sophie and Kristian

Thank you Sophie Rowell and Kristian Chong for your brilliant performance of Mozart and Beethoven duo sonatas last night (Friday 28 August 2015). It was a truly memorable concert. It was like listening to a conversation between two eloquent people - full of high spirits, passion, affection, humanity, wisdom and... Read More

Meet Kristian Chong

Kristian Chong is one of the finest Australian pianists of his generation.  Tony Recsei, Sydney Mozart Society Vice-President spoke with Kristian recently about his career, the music and people who inspire him, and the sonatas he will perform with violin virtuoso Sophie Rowell at our concert on 28 August... Read More

The Beautiful 'Cello

Looking through photos we've taken at Sydney Mozart Society concert rehearsals in the last year, we were struck by what a beautiful instrument the 'cello is - the curved shape, the rich ccolour, the sheen of the varnish and the elegant scroll of the neck. We've put together a collection of our favourite photos of... Read More

Mozart and Friends, What the Audience Said

The old cliché ‘every cloud has a silver lining’ was proven right by last night’s concert.  In the weeks leading up to Friday 31 July 2015, there were quite a few dark clouds hovering over the concert causing changes to the performer line-up and the programme. But the result was pure, luminous, shimmering silver!... Read More

Meet Peter Jenkin

Peter Jenkin, Principal Clarinet with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, enjoys a distinguished career as an orchestral performer, soloist and ensemble member. His music passions extend from the Baroque, through grand opera to the contemporary. His musical technique is formidable; he is equally comfortable... Read More

Sydney Soloists and Enigma Quartet, What the Audience Said

Last night  (Friday 10 July 2015) the winter weather was bleak, but inside the PLC Performance Centre the ambience was bright and sunny. The audience luxuriated in the radiance of the Haydn string quartet op 74 no 1, the sparkling beauty of Mozart's quintet for clarinet and strings K581 and and the mellow richness... Read More

Meet Marianne Broadfoot and the Enigma Quartet

They are talented, intelligent and vivacious. They are champions of the classics and fearless explorers of the new. They are the members of the Enigma Quartet and they will be joining the Sydney Soloists in a programme of works by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven at the Society’s next concert on Friday 10 July... Read More

Goldner String Quartet, What the Audience Said

Thank you to the Goldner String Quartet for a dazzling performance last Friday night, it was a wonderful opening to our 2015 concert season; our audience experienced music performed with technical mastery, emotional insight and great intelligence.  The Quartet’s performance of Haydn's  string quartet in G,... Read More

Meet the Goldner String Quartet

Launched in 1995 and still retaining all four founding members, the Goldner String Quartet celebrates its twentieth anniversary in 2015. It is Australia’s pre-eminent string quartet. Its members - Dene Olding (violin), Irina Morozova (viola), Julian Smiles (‘cello) and Dimity Hall (violin) - are well known to both... Read More

Southern Cross Soloists, What the Audience Said

Neuroscientists tell us that when musicians perform music, multiple areas of their brains light up as they process sound, melody, rhythm and form in astonishingly rapid and intricate neural pathway patterns. And when we listen to music, our brains get quite a workout too. Just imagine all the dazzling... Read More

Meet Tania Frazer, Southern Cross Soloists

Our concert on 17 October 2014 will feature the Southern Cross Soloists. Seven of Australia’s most accomplished musicians make up the Southern Cross Soloists.  The ensemble is based in Brisbane.  Since its formation in 1995, it has  developed into one of Australia's most successful and widely respected... Read More

Streeton Trio, What the Audience Said

Chamber music concerts are often regarded as sedate, refined affairs. But the very best performances - like the Streeton Trio’s performance last night (Friday 29 August 2014) - are never this. Their performance was exciting and exhilarating. Melodies soared into the air, to be deftly caught and returned with... Read More

Chanterelle String Quartet, What the Audience Said

Describing the challenges of performing chamber music, the great violinist Isaac Stern said,  “Chamber music is so exposed. You can’t hide behind 14 other people playing the same notes (as in an orchestra). You can’t hide anywhere. You’re there all alone with your bare face and your bare note. You’re responsible... Read More

Sydney Soloists, What the Audience Said

It was another truly memorable concert for the Society on Friday 11 July 2014 when the Sydney Soloists performed three great Mozart concerti arranged by Sydney composer, Julie Simonds. We  spoke with some of our audience members about the concert. This is what they said. ‘Stunning. I haven’t... Read More

Meet Julie Simonds

Julie Simonds arranged the three great concerti that the Sydney Soloists will perform at our concert on Friday 11 July 2014. Sydney Mozart Society Secretary, Charmain Boyakovsky, spoke with Julie recently about her career and the challenges of arranging classical music Julie is a very busy, multi-talented... Read More

Australian String Quartet

Welcome to our 2014 series of concerts, which gets off to a fine start on Friday 7 March with the highly respected Australian String Quartet performing quartets by Boccherini, Mozart and Brahms. The Sydney Mozart Society has been proud to present the Australian String Quartet (ASQ), which is resident at the Read More

Meet Penelope Mills

Penelope Mills has performed the great soprano roles with leading Australasian symphony orchestras, ensembles, opera companies and choirs The purity of her voice and her sensitive interpretations of emotionally complex musical works have won her many accolades. The joys of life and the power of love are the Read More

Australia Ensemble, a Rich Musical History

Australia Ensemble resident at the University of New South Wales Establishment and management In 1979 Roger Covell (then an Associate Professor and chief music critic of the Sydney Morning Herald) and clarinettist Murray Khouri approached the University of New South Wales... Read More

Meet Irina Morozova

Our final concert scheduled for 2013 will be performed by the Australia Ensemble.

The Australia Ensemble was formed in 1980 and is resident at the University of New South Wales. Its core members are all virtuoso musicians, who are in high demand. Other leading musicians are frequently invited to join the Read More

Meet Francesco Celata

Francesco Celata is a founding member and Artistic Director of the Sydney Soloists chamber music ensemble, which will be performing for the Society at 8.00pm, Friday 30 August 2013 in the Performing Arts Centre, Pymble Ladies College. Sydney Mozart Society spoke with Francesco recently about his... Read More

Meet Selby and Friends

Our third concert for 2013 on Friday, 14 June 2013 at 8.00pm in the Gillian Moore Centre for Performing Arts, Pymble Ladies College,  will feature the Selby and Friends trio.   We (SMS) spoke to the performers - pianist Kathryn Selby, violinist Natsuko Yoshimoto and cellist Timo-Viekko Valve.  They had some... Read More

Meet the Diemen Quartet

Sydney Mozart Society talks to Jeremy Williams of the Dieman Quartet about the Quartet, its sense of place and community in Tasmania and the programme the Quartet will perform for the Society on 19 April 2013. (Sydney Mozart Society) The Diemen Quartet members are all talented and... Read More