Mimir Festival brings celebrated string musicians to Melbourne

September 14 / 144

MCM students with Mimir Artists Kerstin Docter and Brant Taylor
MCM students with Mimir Artists Kerstin Docter and Brant Taylor

Celebrated musicians from the LA Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Chicago Symphony and Cavani String Quartet have visited Melbourne for the Mimir Chamber Music Festival.

Mimir is a leading classical music event founded in America in 1998 by Dr Curt Thompson, Head of Strings at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. This is the second year the festival has been held in Melbourne.

Dr Thompson explained that the template for Mimir is one of chamber music immersion with a clear educational focus.

“It is an intense period of performances, rehearsals and master classes that brings together professional musicians, students and audiences,” he said.

String students from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music had the opportunity to work with the visiting artists through daily instruction, public masterclasses and demonstrations.

Bachelor of Music student and cellist Joshua Dema said Mimir was a unique experience. “The week allowed us to really focus on our chamber music skills. Watching the visiting artists performing at such a high calibre was very inspiring to my peers and me,” Mr Dema said.

The 2014 Mimir Artists included violinists Curt Thompson, Nathan Cole and Frank Huang, cellists Brant Taylor and Alvin Wong, pianist Kristian Chong, and viola player Kristen Docter.

The Mimir Chamber Music Festival 2014 was funded as part of the VCA and MCM Master Teacher program supported by the State Government through Arts Victoria.

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