Huntington Estate Music Festival

Presented in association with Musica Viva Australia
Artistic Director: Carl Vine

Prelude Weekend 22 & 23 Nov 2014

The Prelude Weekend is a 2 concert, “taste of Huntington” with 2 world-class chamber music concerts featuring headline Festival artists, accompanied by food and wine of the highest quality.

Artists performing in the Prelude Weekend include:

• Joyce Yang (US) “wondrous sense of colour and “poetic and sensitive pianism” (Washington Post).
• Emma Matthews, Australia’s leading soprano “Intensely dramatic and vocally spectacular” (The Australian), in partnership with renowned pianist Bernadette Harvey.
• The Goldner String Quartet “The country’s indisputably pre-eminent chamber music ensemble” (SMH) “Quartet playing of the rarest quality” (The Guardian, UK).
• The Amaryllis Quartet (Switzerland), Grand Prize winners of the 2011 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition.

Works to be performed include JS Bach’s Suite for unaccompanied cello no 5 in C minor, BWV 1011, Haydn’s evergreen String Quartet in G major, op 76 no 1, Rachmaninoff’s towering Piano Sonata no 2 in B flat minor, op 36 and Elgar’s String Quartet in E minor, op 83, one of the composer’s final works.

Tickets available by calling 1800 995 931, emailing or visiting

Festival 26 to 30 Nov 2014

If you believe in heaven, it might just look a little like Huntington…

The Artists & The Music

This year is the 25th Huntington Estate Music Festival, and therefore a significant occasion – but the temptation to wallow in nostalgia has been resisted! 2014 instead throws open the door to the next 25 years of glorious music, food and wine, with a host of brilliant young artists making their Huntington debuts alongside established audience favourites.

Pianist Joyce Yang shot to worldwide attention at the 2005 Cliburn competition when as the youngest competitor she was awarded both the overall silver medal, and the chamber music prize. She makes her first Huntington appearance with some vivid Rachmaninoff and a selection of fiery tangos and Spanish dances, the better to show off her ‘wondrous sense of colour’ and ‘poetic and sensitive pianism’ (Washington Post).

Leading Australian soprano Emma Matthews returns to the Huntington stage in Britten’s dazzling and dramatic work for voice and strings, Les Illuminations, alongside Copland’s gorgeous settings of Emily Dickinson poems for voice and piano. ‘Intensely dramatic and vocally spectacular’ (The Australian).

Ray Chen can do pretty much anything he wants on the violin’ (Washington Post), as 2010 Festival attendees may recall! Taiwanese-Australian Ray now has a stellar international career but is delighted to visit Mudgee again, bringing a briefcase stuffed with musical marvels including Beethoven’s mighty ‘Kreutzer’ Sonata and the Divertimento from Stravinsky’s ballet Le baiser de la fée.

The Goldner String Quartet plays a special part in the 2014 Festival, bringing to life a new work: the third quartet by Australian composer Paul Stanhope. Commissioned by the Huntington Estate to mark the 25th anniversary of the Festival, it is funded solely by members of the Festival’s audience, making it a highly personal and memorable premiere! (The Quartet’s Dimity Hall and Julian Smiles played at the very first Festival in 1989; and this year also marks the 20th anniversary of the first public, ‘unofficial’ performance of the Goldners, at the 1994 Festival.)

The Chamber Orchestra of the Australian National Academy of Music, led by cellist Howard Penny, is rumoured to have enrolled its best string cohort ever – they will show their mettle in string works by Debussy, Mozart, Mendelssohn and CPE Bach, as well as in collaborations with featured soloists.

Best-known to Australian chamber music lovers from their success at the 2011 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, the elegant and engaging Amaryllis Quartet from Switzerland will be warmly welcomed to Huntington with music by Schumann and Brahms.

Audience favourite Bernadette Harvey finds fresh fields for her pianistic virtuosity in Carl Vine’s Fantasia quintet and Beethoven’s ‘Ghost’ trio, as well as in the joyous, appealing four-hands Jeux d’enfants by Bizet in which she is joined by renowned colleague Timothy Young. Timothy has a very busy November, accompanying Ray Chen on a national recital tour and tutoring at ANAM as well as appearing at Huntington!

Geoffrey Collins, one of Australia’s great flautists, brings his golden instrument to make a special appearance at Huntington, as graceful soloist and accomplished chamber musician. He will be joined by a popular recent addition to the concert scene, Sydney’s Enigma Quartet who will premiere a new work from young Sydney composer Philip Jameson

A home-grown Aussie success story, bassoonist Jack Schiller recently graduated from ANAM with a string of prizes to his credit, and was immediately snapped up for a Principal position with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Huntington offers a unique opportunity to experience this leading light of the rising generation in solo and chamber music.

a world-class annual festival of chamber music” ... “one of the country’s most iconic venues for chamber music with its imposing oak drums of fermenting wine looming high above the Steinway grand centre stage.



..each year features a stunning collection of prominent international performing artists alongside Australia's finest musicians, in stimulating programs that run the full gamut of the chamber music experience.


Festival Schedule

For further information please contact Huntington Estate:
Telephone1800 995 931
Fax: +61 2 6373 3730