What they say...

Pianist Kathryn Selby has brought together musicians of exceptional calibre who clearly love playing together.

About Us

The Selby & Friends national touring season has earned an enviable reputation for the highest quality performances and an atmosphere of warmth and familiarity where relaxing with an extended 'family' leads to the true enjoyment of chamber music. With media reviews that include the phrases "performances to be treasured", "chamber music at its best", "these musicians set a high, consistent and thoroughly professional benchmark", and audience feedback such as "I so look forward to each concert as they are the highlight of my musical year", Selby & Friends announces its ninth year with the 2015 Concert Season.

Selby & Friends presents subscription seasons in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide, Turramurra and the Southern Highlands. Beginning in 2007, the series was created by Australian pianist, Kathryn Selby AM with a special emphasis on chamber music. Her guests have included many of the finest solo and ensemble performers from Australia and around the world. Her popular Sydney series, 'A Little Lunch Music' of which she is Artistic Director, was created in 2008 in association with City Recital Hall Angel Place and is now in its eighth year.

Selby & Friends introduced two successful new projects in 2011 - the invitation to bring kids 14 and under for free to our concerts so that access is given to those who may become the audience of the future. And the opportunity for our friends in the audience to be involved with the new Selby & Friends initiative – the Audience Commission Award. Thanks to the support of many patrons, we commissioned a new work by Paul Dean for performance in our 2014 season.

With two world premières in 2014, the exciting 2015 season will present an outstanding ensemble of acclaimed performers playing many of their favourite masterworks in duos, trios, quartets and quintet. Schubert, Brahms, Beethoven, Mozart, Shostakovich, Martinu, Fauré, Ross Edwards and more will be performed by brilliant Australian and internationally renowned musicians. Joining Artistic Director Kathy Selby for the first time is Vienna Philharminic Principal Horn Hector McDonald and virtuoso violinists Dale Barltrop (MSO and Vancouver Symphony Concertmaster) and Andrew Haveron (SSO Concertmaster) and Umberto Clerici (Principal Cello SSO). Returning guests include violinists Natalie Chee, Sophie Rowell and Vesa-Matti Leppanen, Tobias Breider (SSO Principal Violist), Timo-Veikko Valve (Principal Cellist ACO), New-York based cellist Clancy Newman and Australian Julian Smiles. We also welcome a new Selby & Friends Development Artists in 2015 – 18-year-old violinist Anna Da Silva Chen.

This is an exciting mix of emerging young stars and seasoned performers with whom to explore both favourite and fascinating new repertoire. Please come and relax with friends and enjoy this glorious music.

More > Listen Online

Coming soon - listen and buy online to 'Live in Concert - 2012 & 2013 Season Highlights' featuring; W.A. Mozart, Johan Halvorsen Joaquín Turina, Paul Schoeneld. Paul Stanhope, Antonin Dvořák, Claude Debussy, Felix Mendelssohn, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, and Bedrich Smetana .

Click here to listen and buy other past performances online.