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Mimir Chamber Music Festival returns – with world-class mentoring
The 2018 Mimir Chamber Music Festival will be held at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music in August and September. Founded by the Conservatorium’s Dr Curt Thompson, the Festival brings outstanding international chamber musicians to Australian audiences, and world-class mentoring to students across Victoria.By Kelly Southworth
Listen: How to turn musical “failure” into a rewarding career
Susan de Weger is not your typical classical musician. The self-confessed “failed musician” now helps young musicians connect with modern audiences and compete with digital disruption.
Two-minute interview: Stephen Goss, composer and guitarist
Ahead of his visit to the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music next week, world-renowned and acclaimed composer Stephen Goss speaks to Ken Murray about his compositional process, his influences, and what it’s like to hear your music performed by an orchestra.
Meet Andrew Bucknall, Master of Music Therapy student
After working in hospitality, retail, and as an electrician, Andrew Bucknall finally heeded his calling to help others through music. Now a second-year Master of Music Therapy student at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, he gives some insight into the course and into the growing world of music therapy.
William Tell-all: behind the scenes of the epic Victorian Opera production
Victorian Opera’s latest production is set to be bigger than Ben Hur. Ahead of opening night on 14 July, we caught up with former Melbourne Conservatorium of Music student and William Tell cast member Jeremy Kleeman to find out more.As told to Susanna Ling
Two-minute interview: Dr John Carpente, music therapist for children on the autism spectrum
Dr John Carpente is a world expert in music therapy for children on the autism spectrum. In advance of his 9 July seminar on Musical Play to Support Children on the Autism Spectrum to Express their Identity, he answers a few questions about his work.By Susanna Ling
Explainer: what are Lieder?
World-renowned Lieder accompanist Dr Graham Johnson OBE explains the origins and delves into the poetic beauty of this enduring musical form.By Graham Johnson OBELieder accompanist and visiting artist at the Melbourne International Festival of Lieder and Art Song (MIFLAS)
Five questions for Andrea Keller, Lecturer in Music (Jazz and Improvisation – Piano)
She’s won multiple ARIA and Australian Jazz “Bell” Awards, written and recorded dozens of albums, and is a strong voice for women in jazz – so what would pianist and composer Andrea Keller have done if she hadn’t studied music?As told to Susanna Ling
Does the radio keep you company? The Melbourne Conservatorium needs you
Dr Amanda Krause is a postdoctoral research fellow in the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Here, she explains her new research into radio listening habits of older listeners, and how you can get involved.By Paul Dalgarno
How to prepare for peak performance, for musicians and non-musicians alike
For the latest in our How To video series at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, Dr Margaret Osborne, Lecturer in Music (Performance Science) and Psychology, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, gives practical tips for overcoming nerves and performing at your very best. Know someone who would benefit from this? Pass it on!
Carol Johnson, online music expert: “I saw people’s lives change because they had the opportunity to learn music”
Having moved from the northern hemisphere to join the Melbourne Conservatorium as Senior Lecturer in Music (Online Learning and Educational Technologies), and having just published a book on online music pedagogy, Dr Carol Johnson is making sure the way we teach music keeps up with the ever-multiplying possibilities of modern technology.As told to Sophie Duran
Two-minute interview: Alex Pertout, percussionist
He’s a multi-award-winning artist whose playing has graced iconic Australian number-one hits by Daniel Braithwaite and Powderfinger, and a founding member of the Australian Art Orchestra. He’s also a Senior Lecturer in Jazz & Improvisation at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.As told to Sophie Duran.
Glenn Branca: four guitar works by the late composer
His music has influenced musicians and divided critics the world over – but his impact on our understanding of what guitars can do can’t be denied. By Dr Ken Murray, Head of Guitar at the Melbourne Conservatorium
Elliott Gyger at 50: the composer takes us through seven of his works
The Melbourne Conservatorium is about to present seven works by the award-winning composer Associate Professor Elliott Gyger, who will also conduct the performance. Here, he explains his choices. By Elliott Gyger
Meet Lauren Gorman, Master of Music (Orchestral Performance) student
It was only after spending time studying in Europe that Melbourne flautist Lauren Gorman realised everything she wanted was available back home.By Susanna Ling
Meet the staff: Faculty of Fine Arts and Music
Dinosaur spirit animals, lurking rulers and miniature chairs – yes, we’re an eclectic bunch … By Kate Mulqueen
Ronald Farren-Price AM receives the prestigious Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award
Melbourne Conservatorium of Music Honorary Principal Fellow Ronald Farren-Price AM has been awarded the 2017 Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award.
Handing over the reins at The Stables – a new home for the arts in Melbourne’s Southbank
The University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Fine Arts and Music today celebrated the completion of The Stables – a world-class visual arts and performance space in the heart of the city’s Arts Precinct.
Event: Catch the Synthi 100 streaming live
It’s iconic, and so are the people playing it. Don’t miss your chance to see and hear the Synthi 100 in action.By Alex Parade
Two-minute interview: Jonathan Paget, classical guitarist
Jonathan Paget is passionate about performing 19th-century guitar music on period instruments. We caught up with him before his 11 May Guitaromanie! performance to find out why.As told to Ken Murray.