2023 Festival Line Up

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Expect ‘electrifying virtuosity’ from the Canberra International Music Festival’s headliner

Alexander Gavrylyuk will headline the Canberra International Music Festival in May. Photo: Marco Borggreve. In 2004 a car carrying 20-year-old Alexander Gavrylyuk, a sought-after and talented concert pianist, was hit by another vehicle and ploughed into a power pole on Grand Parade in the coastal Sydney suburb of Brighton-Le-Sands. The last thing he remembered was … Continued

Sonya Lifschitz: Piano Portraits

The pianist talks about her upcoming collaboration with composer Robert Davidson, a work weaving in the voices of pioneering women with her piano. Creative Women/So Much Myself: Piano Portraits, which will tour to the Canberra International Music Festival, weaves video footage and audio recordings with live piano and Sonya Lifschitz’s voice in a duet celebrating the strength … Continued

Spotlight on a concert: Marloo’s Blues

Marloo’s Blues features proud Guguyelandji and Woppaburra woman Marlene Cummins aka ‘Marloo’. Considered one of Australia’s foremost Indigenous blues writers and performers, Marlene’s story is one of vulnerability, strength and, ultimately, survival. 89.7 Eastside FM recently spoke to Artistic Director Roland Peelman about the concert. Listen to the interview and Marlene’s soundtracks here: Interview segment begins at … Continued

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