Violinist Harry Ward and the chamber music ensemble Partridge String Quartet have been selected for Musica Viva’s 2020-2021 FutureMakers program. Now in its third iteration, the two-year leadership initiative provides artists with professional development focused on entrepreneurial skills, artistic leadership and the industry’s future. Ward and the Partridge Quartet will receive strategic mentoring from leading artists, directors, consultants and representatives from across the industry.

Harry Ward

“FutureMakers is a bridge between how we think about music today and how we’re likely to program and perform it tomorrow,” said Musica Viva Artistic Director Paul Kildea. “We focus on a handful of young Australian musicians who possess outstanding imagination, creativity, and peer recognition and respect.”

Ward has performed as a soloist, concertmaster and chamber musician in Australia and overseas. A winner of the Australian National Youth Concerto Competition in 2012, he also received the award for Best Performance of Commissioned Work at the Michael Hill International Violin Competition in 2019. He was also a finalist in the ABC Young Performer Awards in 2013.

“This incredibly dynamic program will not only afford me opportunities to be mentored by and work with some of today’s most inspiring artists...