Two pianos, two minds, infinite vision

Friday 9 NOVEMBER (Two concerts only)

AUSTRALIAN VIRTUOSI is the combined power of two outstanding Australian pianists, brother and sister, Michael Kieran Harvey and Bernadette Harvey-Balkus.

On Friday 9 November this critically acclaimed duo will perform its (do we want to remind them there has been a concert and therefore coverage earlier this year?)second program in The Studio of the Sydney Opera House. These concerts will include two major premieres and a rarely performed work from an Australian composer and Olympic sportsman who was killed in World War 1.

Continuing its commitment to promoting the works of talented Australian composers, AUSTRALIAN VIRTUOSI will give the world premiere of a new work written for the duo by one of Australia’s most “original musical thinkers” (SMH), Matthew Hindson, music by Jane Stanley, Laurence Wiffin, and a forgotten composer of early last century Frederick Kelly.

Kelly was an excellent pianist, composer and equally gifted sportsman (winning an Olympic gold medal for rowing in 1908 with the British eight) whose work remains largely unknown in his country of birth. His promising musical career was cut short in France in 1916 during the Battle of the Somme and it is only recently that his works have been rediscovered.


The duo will also give the first Australian performance of L’Envol d’Icare, a work by Russian composer, Igor Markevitch, of which celebrated composer Darius Milhaud said: "this work... will probably mark a date in the evolution of music".

Their first Studio series in 2000 was a sell-out success drawing praise from critics


Music-making (that) has immense energy but can also be playful,
affectionate and graceful. A highlight of the year…
SMH, November 2000


This concert was sensational: a spirited affirmation of the quality
that Australian pianism has attained.
Sun-Herald, April 2000

In 1999, their dazzling interpretation of Messiaen's Visions of the Amen won AUSTRALIAN VIRTUOSI the entertainment industry's premier accolade
- a Mo Award for Best Classical Performance of the Year.

Australian Virtuosi is rapidly becoming one of the finest duo-piano ensembles in the world. They will be joined for this dynamic program of new works by two of Australia’s leading percussionists, Daryl Pratt and Philip South.



Friday 9 November, 12 noon and 7pm

TICKETS: $30*/$25*/$15 students (1 teacher free with every 5 students)

BOOKINGS: 9250 7777 or

INFORMATION: 9250 7111 or

(* Booking fees may apply. Including GST where applicable)


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