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

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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.

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 enthralling 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.


“In her concert tours Kathryn Selby has created a space in which the audience experiences living music introduced with personal reflections on the repertoire by each of the performers.  It is a unique intimacy, and the consistently full houses she plays to are a testament to the wise choice of presentation for her chamber music concerts.” – Jennifer Gall, Canberra Times, February 2015

“The consistent quality of Kathryn Selby's concerts make her offerings always something to anticipate.” – Martin Duffy, The Age, November 2014

“This was chamber music playing of the highest quality…” – Peter McCallum, SMH February 2015

 “Mendelssohn's Sonata for Cello and Piano No 2 impressed for the unanimity of approach from both artists – uncompromisingly ardent in its opening, a mischievous scherzo and Selby's superbly voiced Adagio chorale marvellously introducing [Clancy] Newman's exquisite, lyric cello.” – Martin Duffy, SMH/The Age, February 2015

“This is exactly what chamber music is meant to be: intimate, conversational, captivating, the music of friends, and a thoroughly enjoyable, personal experience. Kathryn Selby, with friends like these, we can’t wait for the 2014 season.’ – Gordon Forester, GLAMAdelaide, November 2013

 “It is a measure of the spell cast by these performers that the transition from second to third movement, and from third to fourth, passed with scarcely a noise from the auditorium; just the sound of 1000 people holding their breaths. This is chamber music at its best. Hear them if you can.” – Harriet Cunningham, SMH, July 2013

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'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 .

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