What inspired you to found Brisbane Music Festival in 2018?

Fundamentally the BMF was borne from my love of music, curation, and collaboration. I feel extremely privileged to lead a busy freelance career throughout Australia as a pianist. Hosting a major event such as this festival is my way of giving back to the industry in which I operate. It is also to my knowledge the only ‘festival’ situated in Brisbane itself that is devoted exclusively to the presentation of classical music, old works and new.

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What makes this festival unique?

Naturally, the curatorial slant of each event within the festival represents my personal creative persuasions. Many of the works programmed (such as Schubert’s ‘Trout’ Quintet, Rachmaninov’s Cello Sonata, Chopin’s 24 Preludes) are bucket list pieces for me.

Other programs were borne from collaborative impetus. I’m so thrilled to have an incredible team of artists joining me for this year’s festival including soprano Sara Macliver, dancer/choreographer Katina Olsen, violinist Anne Horton, actor Matthew Connell, hornist Alex Miller, and many more.

The BMF takes place in various unique venues throughout the city of Brisbane. In avoiding traditional concert hall settings, I’ve tried to incorporate an experience of the city itself into the vibe of the festival.

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