The Artistic Director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music reveals 2015’s red-hot lineup.

T he response: “I just love all music!” is the deceptively simple statement and driving maxim behind Piers Lane’s eclectic selection for this year’s Australian Festival of Chamber Music, a national institution which celebrates a landmark birthday in 2015. The acclaimed UK-based Australian pianist and Artistic Director of the AFCM has assembled an astonishing roster of distinguished international artists, who will converge on the tropical North Queensland city of Townsville  for the 25th anniversary  Festival this August. 

During the ten-day event, more than 30 of the world’s most sought after musicians will give 25 performances featuring almost every genre of music imaginable. It’s this melting pot of musical styles that Lane believes is the key to the Festival’s success. “We have an extraordinary range of music on offer. I think it possibly covers a wider range of repertoire than any other chamber music festival I know of,” Lane shares. “It’s fascinating as an Artistic Director to be able to put unlikely things together. That’s part of the joy of this job.”

From Bach to Bartók, classical to contemporary, with a hearty infusion of...