What were the particular considerations behind the programming choices for 2018?

Programming is always a central consideration at Mimir, and I work closely with cellist Brant Taylor of the Chicago Symphony each season when making those decisions. He and I are the most veteran members of Mimir, and the only two who have performed in all 21 seasons in Texas and soon the sixth in Melbourne.

Curt Thompson. Photo supplied 

The festival is known for its programming, and while we do perform all of the monumental chamber works, we also try to present lesser known compositions by well known composers, new music, and master pieces that missed the notoriety they deserved along the way. We have given Australian premieres of works at all five seasons of Mimir Melbourne, including chamber music by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Mason Bates, Kevin Puts and others. This year, we will proudly present the Australian premieres of Quartet No 1 by George Walker and works by pianist and Mimir artist John Novacek, who will be making his Australian debut at Mimir.

In addition to crowd favourites by Beethoven, Schubert and Mendelssohn, Mimir 2018 will feature three works that are rarely heard,...