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Musica Viva Australia presents Chopin's Piano

Published: 9 February 2023, by Musica Viva Australia

Musica Viva Australia is thrilled to present Chopin’s Piano, a stunning fusion of chamber music and theatrical performances honouring Frederick Chopin’s revolutionary 24 Preludes, as well as the history of a small, craftsman’s pianino.

The national tour opens in Melbourne on Saturday 8 July before performances in Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Perth, ending with a final performance in Adelaide on Wednesday 26 July.

In this captivating performance the brilliant pianist Aura Go, a Musica Viva Australia FutureMakers alumnus, returns to the stage, accompanied by the acclaimed Jennifer Vuletic (Foxtel’s Wentworth, Belvoir & Malthouse Theatre’s Looking for Alibrandi) directed by Richard Pyros, to tell the story of this singular instrument, the works composed on it the artist who created them, and the changing value of music over time.

Written by Musica Viva Australia’s Artistic Director, Paul Kildea, author of the definitive novel on the topic, Chopin’s Piano: A Journey Through Romanticism with Richard Pyros, this one-of-a-kind production draws on an inspiring cast of real-life characters, weaving together a complete performance of the spellbinding 24 Preludes with magical storytelling, to trace the rich history and ultimate fate of the Majorcan piano.

Paul Kildea says, “In 1829 Chopin wrote to his closer friend Titus, ‘I tell my piano things which once I used to tell you.’ And so he continued to do for the remaining twenty years of his life, amassing the most astonishing collection of piano works. Yet what if the only piano to hand was a humble instrument, built by a craftsman on the island of Majorca in the 1830s, to which Chopin poured out his heart?

This is the starting point of Chopin’s Piano, a theatrical staging of a book I wrote about the instrument on which Chopin completed his twenty-four Preludes, great miniature-monuments of the nineteenth century, and the fate of this sacred relic in the face of collectors, both benign and evil, in the hundred years or so following their composition. It’s a detective story, a meditation on Romanticism, and an exploration of the changing meaning of music over time.”

Chopin’s piano took on talismanic qualities in the following century, with a cast of characters obsessed with its provenance, heritage and symbolism – from harpsichordist Wanda Landowska to Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels – completing this miraculous story.

This dramatic mix of words and music will underline the sheer originality of the Preludes and the enduring power of Chopin.

Tickets are available now via the Musica Viva Australia website:


RICHARD VABRE Original Lighting

CHOPIN 24 Preludes, Op. 28

Adapted from Paul Kildea’s book Chopin’s Piano by the author and Richard Pyros.

Melbourne Recital Centre, Saturday 8 July 7:00pm
Melbourne Recital Centre, Tuesday 11 July 7:00pm
QPAC’s Concert Hall, Brisbane, Thursday 13 July 7:00pm
City Recital Hall, Sydney, Saturday 15 July 7:00pm
City Recital Hall, Sydney, Monday 17 July 7:00pm
Llewellyn Hall – ANU, Canberra, Wednesday 19 July 7:00pm
Perth Concert Hall, Monday 24 July 7:30pm
Adelaide Town Hall, Wednesday 26 July 7:30pm

For further information, images or interviews: 


Hayley Goodlich | or 0434 442 997

Sean Radecki | or 0421 402 252