Huntington Estate Music Festival

Main Festival 25-29 Nov 2015
Prelude Weekend 21-22 Nov 2015

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

Joyce Yang and the Goldner String Quartet at the 2014 Festival
Photo credit: Amber Hooper

The Huntington Estate Music Festival is held each year in the Barrel Room of the winery in Mudgee, an annual celebration of great music with a unique and warm atmosphere.

Artistic Director Carl Vine devises the musical content and, in keeping with the long and distinguished history of the Festival, each year features a stunning collection of prominent international artists and outstanding brilliant young artists alongside Australia's finest musicians in stimulating programs that run the full gamut of the chamber music experience.

All concerts include generous interval refreshments and are followed by gourmet meals and a selection of the best Huntington wines. Evening concerts are preceded by a choice of aperitifs, with the full wine service continuing through the concert interval and afterwards.

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.

This year’s Prelude Weekend offers an exclusive and exciting mix of artists from around the world and across Australia, performing favourite pieces and delicious new discoveries, all paired with glorious food and wine and a beautiful country estate. 

In 2015 Austrian baritone Wolfgang Holzmair will gracefully retire from his position as one of the world’s finest interpreters of Lieder and artsong, making Huntington his first and last appearances in Australia – an extraordinary privilege for the Festival. His dramatic range is shown off in music from Schubert, and Wolf. ‘Uncommonly thoughtful, daringly original’ (New York Times)

Making her Australian debut is young French violist Lise Berthaud. Viola soloists are rare, and it is a mark of her exceptional musical talent that Lise has developed such a remarkable career so quickly, including appearances at the BBC Proms and recordings that rejoiced in her ‘powerful, effortless tone’ (Telegraph, UK). 

No introduction is necessary for the Goldner String Quartet, unmatched amongst Australian ensembles for the beauty and intensity of its performances, honed over two decades of living and working together. In this, their anniversary year, the Goldners bring fresh insights to some of their favourite music. ‘Persuasive, compelling’ (Gramophone)

Pianist Ian Munro is another beloved Huntington ‘regular’, having graced the stage in past years as both performer and composer. Audiences warm to the unfussy elegance of his playing, while his colleagues adore his unusually sensitive, supportive approach to collaboration. ‘Deft sangfroid…highly accomplished’ (Sydney Morning Herald)

Emerging as one of the brightest constellations in Australia’s rising stars, the Orava Quartet take the stage at Huntington for the first time, as the culmination of a huge year including appearances for the Musica Viva Festival; in Melbourne at the Recital Centre; and in Brisbane as artists in residence for Camerata of St John’s. ‘Warmth of sound, sublime inner-voicing and spontaneity’ (The Age)

A newcomer to Huntington, Melbourne pianist Amir Farid is acclaimed for his sensitive collaborations with chamber colleagues including The Benaud Trio, as well as his ‘detailed, thoughtful’ solo performances; he appeared in Musica Viva’s Melbourne Coffee Concert series in 2014. ‘Engaging artistry’ (The Age)

Works featured in the Prelude Weekend are a wonderful mix of masterworks and brilliant new voices.

Saturday 21 November, 7pm

Wolfgang Holzmair, Ian Munro
SCHUBERT Selected songs

Orava Quartet
SHOSTAKOVICH String Quartet no 6

Lise Berthaud, Amir Farid
CONNESSON Constellation de Couronne Boréale
CONNESSON Constellation de Couronne Australe

Goldner Quartet
TCHAIKOVSKY String Quartet no 1

Sunday 22 November, 11am

Julian Smiles
BACH Cello Suite no 6 in D, BWV1012

Ian Munro
SCHUMANN Fantasie in C op 17
Wolfgang Holzmair, Ian Munro
WOLF Selected songs

Lise Berthaud, Orava Quartet 
MOZART String Quintet no 4 in G minor, K516

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.



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Festival Information

There are limited tickets available for the Full Festival, Mid-Week and Finale Weekend. Excellent seats are available for the Prelude Weekend.

This year we will be holding a 4 course Winemaker’s Lunch on Saturday 21st to open the Prelude Weekend festivities – eat, drink, and be entertained while learning more about Huntington Estate wines from Chief Winemaker Tim Stevens, then have a restorative nap, and come back refreshed and ready for canapés and champagne! Select the Prelude+ (plus) option when booking.

Ticket Type

Dates / Times

# Concerts

Price (inc GST)


Sat 21st PM / Sun 22nd AM




Sat 21st Lunch + PM / Sun 22nd AM

2 + extra lunch



Wed 25th PM to Sun 29th AM




Wed 25th PM to Fri 27th AM




Fri 27th AM to Sun 29th PM



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

..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.