Tomorrow’s leaders

Since 2015, we’ve been discovering, nurturing, and enabling brilliant early-career artists to become Australia’s musical leaders of tomorrow.

As part of Musica Viva Australia’s two-year FutureMakers program, participants take part in ‘intensives’, including strategic mentoring from leading artists, directors, and consultants across various industries and sectors. Through developing their entrepreneurial skills and leadership capabilities, FutureMakers can go on to positively shape the artistic landscape of Australia.

Once a FutureMaker, always a FutureMaker

Building the future of Australia’s musical landscape takes more than a couple of years. We are incredibly proud of our FutureMakers, and we are strongly invested in supporting FutureMakers alumni and their careers beyond the scope of their initial program.

We are pleased to support talented composer and violist Matt Laing as a FutureMaker from 2021-2023. He will join the 2020-2022 participants Partridge String Quartet, as well as alumni Aura Go, Matthias Schack-Artnott, Arcadia Winds, and Harry Ward.

2021 - 2023 Artists

Matt Laing

Photo: Cameron Jamieson Photography

Matt Laing

Matt is a freelance composer and viola player currently based in Melbourne, Australia.​ His music, “described as thought provoking and unusually beautiful”, is fundamentally driven by an interest in storytelling through sound, typically around themes of social connection and environment.

Matt’s been a professional freelance viola player since 2012, playing regularly with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria, and as a core member of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. He has also performed in the Australian Octet, and Melbourne-based ensembles Quartz, Rubiks and Arcko.

Festival engagements as a performer have included the Perth and Melbourne International Arts Festivals, the Bermagui Four Winds Festival, the Australian String Quartet's Dunkeld festival.​ Matt was soloist in the first complete performance in Australia of Morton Feldman's The Viola in My Life with an orchestra of ANAM musicians.

His freelance career has also included pop gigs and musicals, and he has a varied recording career across a wide range of styles for TV, film and albums.

2020 - 2022 Artists

Partridge String Quartet

Partridge String Quartet

Melbourne-based ensemble Partridge String Quartet have also enjoyed their share of successes, winning first prize at the Queensland International Chamber Music Competition in 2019. In 2018 they were selected as one of ten string quartets world-wide for a three-week residency at the prestigious Banff Centre of Arts and Creativity in Canada.

Quartet members William Huxtable (violin), Mana Ohashi (violin), Eunise Cheng (viola) and Daniel Smith (cello) would also be familiar to Australian audiences, appearing at the Musica Viva Festival (AYO Chamber Players 2019), Port Fairy Spring Music Festival (2019) and inaugural Bendigo Chamber Music Festival (2020).

‘It is an honour for us to be part of this organisation as Musica Viva’s next FutureMakers,’ say the quartet. ‘We are incredibly excited to take the next step in pursuing our dreams of sharing our collective passion for chamber music with the world.’


Read about past alumni in the FutureMakers Program.

Artistic Director

Artistic Director, Paul Kildea oversees the FutureMakers program.

Futuremakers Presenters

Lead funding for FutureMakers is provided by the Berg Family Foundation.

Yaron Lifschitz – Artistic Director, Circa
Genevieve Lacey – musician, composer, curator / Chair of Australian Music Centre Board / Artistic Advisor UKARIA Cultural Centre

Matthias Schack-Arnott - Percussive Artist, FutureMakers alumni 2018-2019
Alexis Wright - Author
Bruce Gladwin - Artistic Director, Back to Back Theatre
Cameron Lam - Art Music Specialist, APRA/AMCOS
Kiran Phatak - Arcadia Winds, FutureMakers alumni 2016-17
Michaela Coventry - Executive Producer, The Substation
Darren Taylor - Managing Director, Taylor and Grace
Tim Kelly – Managing Director, 5Stream
Tim Dunlop – author, writer, academic
Caroline Sharpen – Principal, Sharpen Creative Industries Consulting / CEO Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
Judith Crispin – poet, photographic artist
Kate Hood – Artistic Director, Raspberry Ripple Theatre Company

In Conversation: FutureMakers

Watch our insightful webinar with Arcadia Winds' Lloyd Van't Hoff, the Partridge String Quartet's Eunise Cheng, pianist Aura Go, and violist Matt Laing below: