When we commission a piece of music, we want it to last forever.

We seek out musical voices that are worth hearing. So we’ve amplified four leading voices of their generation: Australian composer Matt Laing and the soloistic talents of Z.E.N. Trio.

Matt, a Musica Viva FutureMaker, writes music of great virtuosity and originality. He has been commissioned in celebration of a patron’s significant birthday, and will play to the strengths of Z.E.N. Trio – a remarkable ensemble who’ve already made their name through the BBC New Generation scheme, a Deutsche Grammophon recording and countless acclaimed concerts.

Put these voices together, and things will get exciting. Two programs are on offer depending in which city you live in, each program includes Arno Babajanian’s trio and the world premiere of Matt’s work. Elsewhere, you’ll either be resisting the urge to stamp your feet to a grand finale (Dvořák’s intoxicating ‘Dumky’), or imploding with intense passion of the heart (Brahms’s Romantic trio).

"The technical assurance, musical conviction and stylistic unanimity of an ensemble that’s been together for many years."
— Gramophone

Digital Subscription & Tickets

Z.E.N. Trio will be livestreamed on Tuesday 23 August at 7pm AEST.

Bring the joy of live music into your home, on your smart TV, computer, tablet or even mobile phone with our digital subscription. Offering access to all 7 digital concerts, including a 48-hour rewatch period for each, by subscribing you can save on ticket prices and ensure that you don’t miss a moment of our online season in 2022.

Combine it with a Choose or Minipack subscription and you can save even further on ticket prices! Special rates are also available for students and Concession Card holders. Book your digital subscription here.

Live stream tickets

Individual tickets for the live streamed concert are now available. Purchase your ticket online here.

You will receive an email confirmation when you purchase your tickets. Ticket holders will receive a link to watch the performance 24 hours prior to the concert.

If you’re watching on your phone or computer we recommend using headphones or connecting to external speakers. Please read our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more.

ESTHER YOO Violin
NAREK HAKHNAZARYAN Cello
ZHANG ZUO Piano

Program 1:
BRAHMS Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major (1889)
LAING New work (2022)*
BABAJANIAN Trio for Piano, Violin & Cello in F Sharp Minor (1952)

Program 1: Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne Tuesday, Sydney Saturday

Program 2:
BABAJANIAN Trio for Piano, Violin & Cello in F Sharp Minor (1952)
LAING New work (2022)*
DVOŘÁK Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 90 ‘Dumky’ (1891)

Program 2: Melbourne Saturday, Newcastle, Perth, Sydney Monday

 

*World premiere performances. Commissioned for Musica Viva Australia by Graham Lovelock and Steve Singer.

Sydney: The Monday 22 August concert is a Charles Berg Tribute Concert.

Hobart: Presented by Musica Viva Tasmania

Dubbo: Presented by Macquarie Conservatorium in association with Musica Viva Australia as part of its Regional Touring program. 

Matt Laing

Matt, a Musica Viva FutureMaker, writes music of great virtuosity and originality. He has been commissioned in celebration of a patron’s significant birthday, and will play to the strengths of Z.E.N. Trio – a remarkable ensemble who’ve already made their name through the BBC New Generation scheme, a Deutsche Grammophon recording and countless acclaimed concerts.

This tour is generously supported by our Ensemble Patrons:
Australian Music Foundation

Concert Champions
Kim Williams AM & Catherine Dovey (Sydney)
Charles Graham - in acknowledgment of his piano teacher, Sana Chia (Sydney)
Peter Griffin AM & Terry Swann (Melbourne)
Dr Sue Packer (Canberra)

Performance Details

Dates & Times

Dubbo   10 August 7:30pm
Hobart   12 August 7:30pm
Melbourne   13 August 7pm
Perth   15 August 7:30pm
Canberra   18 August 7pm
Sydney   20 August 2pm
Sydney   22 August 7pm
Melbourne   23 August 7pm
Adelaide   25 August 7:30pm
Newcastle   27 August 7:30pm

Location

Multiple Venues

Please check the venue in your city when booking tickets.

Event notes

Venue Information

Read more about the venues here.