AUTHOR: Josephine Vains

Mimir Chamber Music Festival

31st August, 2018

Mimir Chamber Music Festival attracts accolades across two continents, whether at its home base in Fort Worth Texas, or at its second home at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. This musical feast has also just enjoyed its 20th anniversary in America where the Festival had its humble beginnings. Artistic Director Curt Thompson, Associate Professor of Music…Read More

MICMC: Where are they now?

1st July, 2018

Well it’s a wrap, and the 2018 Melbourne International chamber  Music competition has ended with a grand final concert and the announcement of the winners. Classic Melbourne has been fortunate in having Josephine Vains as our eyes and importantly ears during the competition. A reminder of who she is: Josephine Vains is a Melbourne-based cellist,…Read More

Interview with Brandenburg Quartet member Jamie Hey

12th April, 2018

In 2018 the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra introduces Australia’s newest period instrument ensemble, the Brandenburg Quartet. These four Principal players are devoted to bringing the string quartet repertoire of the 18th and 19th century to Australian audiences in an historically-informed way. Josephine Vains interviews Jamie Hey, a much loved and highly respected cellist who provides fascinating insights into…Read More

Cameron Carpenter

28th November, 2015

A recital by Cameron Carpenter is not for the faint-hearted, nor for those in want of a relaxing evening out. Last Wednesday’s recital at the Melbourne Recital Centre introduced us to a new instrument, the International Touring Organ. It’s a beauty, designed and built for Cameron Carpenter by Massachusetts organ builders Marshall & Ogletree. They…Read More

One hundred celli out at Festival

23rd September, 2015

Everybody’s favourite instrument had a chance to shine from September 27 – 29 as cellists from around Melbourne and afar came together for the inaugural Melbourne Cello Festival, hosted by the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Did it live up to expectations? Josephine Vains was there – with her cello, of course … Melbourne’s inaugural cello festival…Read More

More from Mimir’s hothouse

30th August, 2015

It was encouraging to see a near-capacity crowd at the Wednesday evening Artists concert from the Mimir Chamber Music Festival, currently underway at Melba Hall. Previous Festivals have not been so well attended, and for the esteemed American colleagues who are now visiting for the third time, this surge in interest must be heart-warming. In…Read More

MICMC winners: Where are they now?

22nd July, 2015

After an extremely enjoyable week of concert-going at the 7th Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition I’m feeling nostalgic. Each competition throws us some favourites, and it’s no surprise to Melbourne audiences that their musical darlings might not walk away with the Grand Prize. On Sunday night the impressive outfit, the Noga Quartet (French / Israeli…Read More