2018 Season Announced!

16th August, 2017 | Media Releases


KATHRYN SELBY, AM – Artistic Director/Pianist


Selby & Friends 2018 celebrates partnerships, soundscapes & camaraderie!

Australia’s unique chamber music series returns in 2018 for a season devoted to celebrating musical partnerships, camaraderie in chamber music and the breadth of soundscapes created using small forces by those who understood them best!

Selby & Friends is the only touring chamber music series in Australia that centres around one performer, pianist Kathryn Selby, with an ensemble cast of extraordinary and brilliant musical partners.

The 2018 Season welcomes back many wonderful old friends who have enthralled audiences in previous seasons, and introduces two compelling virtuosic new guests to Selby & Friends in programs which will explore stunning and exciting new soundscapes. This Season is devoted to deconstructing the parts that make up the whole, with piano trios expanding to quartet and reducing to duos. The development of brilliant partnerships and the exploration of new musical worlds remains our focus with a special fifth and final all-Beethoven program, chosen entirely by the audience. This versatile season also introduces intriguing music by Messiaen, de Falla, Piazzolla, Schumann, Arensky and much more.

Returning as part of our brilliant artistic line-up are stunning violinists Natalie Chee and Andrew Haveron, and popular, charismatic cellists Umberto Clerici, Clancy Newman and Julian Smiles. Also returning in 2018 is the dynamic Finnish duo of Vesa-Matti Leppänen and Timo-Veikko Valve whose finely wrought sense of humour competes only with their incredible virtuosity and sensitivity.

Joining our ensemble for the first time in 2018 is renowned violin virtuoso Alexandre Da Cost-Graveline who currently splits his time between an international solo career and leading the string department at WAAPA in Perth. Also new to S&F in 2018 is young Australian clarinetist Lloyd Van’t Hoff who joins returning young star violinist Grace Clifford as part of our program to support outstanding young Australians on their professional journey.

We venture into new territory with two different venues in 2018 – in Melbourne at Methodist Ladies’ College’s Tatoulis Auditorium in Kew and the NSW Southern Highlands with both Mittagong Playhouse and Bowral Memorial Hall – all accommodate larger audiences whilst continuing our desire for intimacy and inclusion.

“It is to Selby’s credit that she is able to employ an ever-changing ensemble of musicians, whilst maintaining a symbiosis that most established piano trios would kill for. There are few musicians in the country who could achieve this so consistently.” Limelight Magazine

With performances variously described by reviewers in 2017 as “the real thing”, “world class” and “always delivering the goods at a high standard”, Selby & Friends concerts are regularly sold out to devoted audiences around Australia.

Season subscriptions and special offers are on sale now. Selby & Friends presents a subscription season of five tours in 2018 to venues in Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Turramurra and the NSW Southern Highlands.

2018 GUEST ARTISTS                                         

Natalie Chee Concertmaster Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart
Alexandre Da Costa-Graveline Artistic Director Laurentians Classical Festival (Canada) Associate Professor of VIOLIN & Head of Strings at Edith Cowan University
Timo-Veikko Valve Principal Cello ACO
Andrew Haveron Concertmaster SSO
Umberto Clerici Co-Principal Cellist SSO
Vesa-Matti Leppänen Concertmaster NZSO
Julian Smiles Cellist, Goldner String Quartet & Australia Ensemble
Grace Clifford US-based Australian Violinist
Clancy Newman US-based Cellist and Composer
Lloyd Van’t Hoff  Virtuoso Australian clarinetist        

Images, biographies and concert details are available online at selbyandfriends.com.au. Kathryn Selby and all 2018 artists are available for interview.


Caroline Ryvers – 0481 080 285     e: assistant@selbyandfriends.com.au   ** Hi-res images available


Selby & Friends – 2018 at a glance

TOUR 1: March 11 – 18

Beethoven by Ballot

Grace Clifford (violin) Clancy Newman (cello) Kathryn Selby (piano)

Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Trio in B-flat major, WoO39

Ludwig van Beethoven Violin Sonata No.5 in F major, Op.24, ‘Spring

Ludwig van Beethoven Cello Sonata in A major, Op.69

Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 97 ‘Archduke’


TOUR 2: April 28 – May 7


Vesa-Matti Leppänen (violin) Timo-Veikko Valve (cello) Kathryn Selby (piano)

Robert Schumann/Theodore Kirchner Sechs Stücke in kanonischer Form, Op. 56

Anton Arensky Piano Trio in No.2 in F minor, Op.73

Johannes Brahms Trio for Violin, Violoncello and Piano (after the Sextet in B-flat major, Op. 18)


TOUR 3:  June 23 – July 1

A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Romantic

 Andrew Haveron (violin)   Umberto Clerici (cello)  Kathryn Selby (piano)

Felix Mendelssohn Violin Sonata in F major (1838)

Johannes Brahms Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op.99

Franz Schubert Piano Trio No. 2 in E-flat major for piano, violin, and violoncello, D. 929


TOUR 4: August 18-26

Tormented Souls

Natalie Chee (violin)   Lloyd Van’t Hoff (clarinet)  Julian Smiles (cello)  Kathryn Selby (piano)

Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Trio in G major, Op.121a Kakadu Variations

Robert Schumann Piano Trio No. 3 in G minor, Op.110

Olivier Messiaen Quatuor pour la fin du temps


TOUR 5: October 13 – 21

Four Seasons

Alexandre Da Costa-Graveline (violin)   Umberto Clerici (cello)   Kathryn Selby (piano)

Manuel de Falla Canciones Populares (arr. Kochanski from Suite Populaire Espagnole)

Claude Debussy Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor

Astor Piazzolla The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires

Felix Mendelssohn Piano Trio No.1 in D minor, Op.49


Subscription packages: from $180 / Single tickets: from $45

Concession prices available

Children 14 and under: free admittance with ticket-holding adult (space permitting)

Bookingswww.selbyandfriends.com.au or phone 1300 511 099

Sydney: City Recital Hall

Melbourne: Tatoulis Auditorium, Methodist Ladies College, Kew in Melbourne
Canberra: Fairfax Theatre, National Gallery of Australia
Adelaide: Elder Hall, University of Adelaide
Southern Highlands: Mittagong Playhouse & Bowral Memorial Hall

Turramurra: Turramurra Uniting Church

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