Artist Development Program

An exciting and prestigious new initiative from the world’s largest presenter of chamber music.

Musica Viva Australia is known around the world for the breadth and diversity of its activities featuring musicians of the highest quality. For 70 years, the organisation has worked to create networks and opportunities linking Australia’s best musical talent with national and international audiences of all ages as well as like-minded organisations. There is no organisation better placed to work with Australia’s leading emerging talent.

In creating this program, Musica Viva will cultivate the next generation of flexible and curious Australian artistic leaders. The Artist Development Program will result in the young musicians being entrepreneurial performers with rich chamber music experience and aptitude, who are able to present diverse performances and be part of education and community engagement and collaborations at the highest level.

Musica Viva’s Artistic Director Carl Vine will play a guiding role across the program working with the program’s own Artistic Director.

Geraldine Walther of the Takács Quartet mentoring the Enigma Quartet in 2012
Photo credit: Roland Kay-Smith


Further Information & Conditions



Online Applications



Who Can Apply?

The 2015-17 program is open to:

  • Piano (solo and chamber)
  • Strings
  • Woodwind and Brass
  • Percussion
  • Ensembles (minimum three performers, maximum five performers)
  • Performers with a particular interest in historical performance


The Selection Process

Young artists are able to self-nominate as well as be nominated by distinguished performers, teachers and administrators. The initial selection process will be done through recordings and the final selection will be by live audition and interviews. Selection will be by a panel of Musica Viva staff and top level professional musicians.

The criteria for selection are exceptional musicianship, virtuosity, creativity, curiosity, passion and individuality. The musicians will compete against a standard of excellence – not each other.


Key Dates

  • Applications open: Monday 19 January 2015
  • Applications close: 11.59pm, Sunday 22 February 2015
  • Live auditions and interviews: in Sydney or via video-conferencing during the period 23-27 March 2015
  • The selected musicians for the program will be announced at a public event following the live auditions and interviews


Online Applications



Further Information

For further information, please be in touch with:
Timothy Matthies, Director of Artist Development
Office: +61 8394 6666
Mobile: +61 407 273 494


Major funding for the Musica Viva Artist Development Program has been provided by the Berg Family Foundation.
Additional support has been provided by Geoff Ainsworth AM & Johanna Featherstone and Tom Breen & Rachel Kohn.