Queensland String Concert Guide

Find all your local String Concerts in one place. String Concert Guide for Brisbane, South East Queensland and Northern NSW.
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Queensland Music Festival @ Various Locations
Jul 7 – Jul 30 all-day

Over three huge weeks from 7 – 30 July 2017 Queensland Music Festival will take over the state, bringing unforgettable music experiences to cities, regions and remote corners of Queensland.

Under Artistic Director Katie Noonan, the 2017 QMF program is as diverse as this great state – showcasing some of the most talented local, national and international musicians across 100 performances, including six world premieres.

The Festival will offer Queenslanders the chance to hear and be heard, with a rich tapestry of musical experiences designed to uncover and empower young musicians, bring quality music to regional communities, and shed light on current social issues.

For classical music lovers program highlights include a performance of The Merry Widow at the ever-popular Opera at Jimbour beside the picturesque Jimbour House. Sanctuary – a moving concert experience exploring the concept of sanctuary and refuge, led by Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra and including a world premiere commission from brilliant pianist and composer Joe Chindamo.

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Sunshine Coast Junior Eisteddfod 2017 @ Various Locations
Jul 20 @ 11:37 pm – Aug 6 @ 12:37 am

I would like to welcome the competitors and their supporters to our 50th Sunshine Coast Junior Eisteddfod.

In 1967 a small committee, led by Mr John James, recommenced the Nambour Eisteddfod after a lapse of 18 years. 542 students entered the following sections – Piano, Vocal, Brass Instrumental, Art of Speech, Improvisation, Mime and Drama. Max Olding was the music adjudicator and Beverley Langford the speech adjudicator. The following year, dance was added and was included for two years before holding their own event.

In the early nineties, the eisteddfod had grown so large there was a need to divide into different sections. Brass and Woodwind was included in 1991 and the others followed in the next few years.

Today more than 6000 students cross the stage to perform in a supportive and encouraging environment.

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Chamber 8 on Tour – Presented by Australian World Orchestra @ Concert Hall
Jul 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:10 pm


The Australian World Orchestra – Chamber 8 on Tour are a supergroup of Australia’s finest musicians who work and perform with the world’s greatest orchestras. These extraordinary musicians will come together for just four concerts in 2017 as they tour their exceptional musicianship around Australia.

The AWO’s Chamber 8 on Tour will perform a captivating programme of the Beethoven Septet featuring Andrew Bain of the LA Philharmonic on horn, and the Dvořák String Quintet featuring Matthew McDonald of the Berlin Philharmonic on double bass with an ensemble of some of Australia’s greatest musicians.

This is a rare opportunity to witness music-making of the highest calibre where each of the eight musicians have the opportunity to display their individual brilliance. The unusual scoring of Beethoven’s septet with a single clarinet, horn, bassoon, and strings allows for the musicians to interplay and engage in high-spirited solos and duets in what is arguably Beethoven’s finest chamber music composition. Matthew McDonald’s double bass performance in Dvořák’s String quintet brings a pizzicato sparseness to the bottom of the texture and creates a platform for the interweaving melodic strands of Dvořák’s master craftsmanship.

The AWO Chamber 8 on Tour is chamber music at its finest.


BEETHOVEN:  Septet in E-flat major, Op.20
DVOŘÁK:  String Quintet No.2, Op.77


Violin Natalie Chee (SWR Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart)
Violin Daniel Dodds (Festival Strings Lucerne)
Viola Tahlia Petrosian (Gewandhaus Leipzig)
Cello David Berlin (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra)
Double bass Matthew McDonald (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra)
Clarinet Paul Dean (Queensland Conservatorium)
Bassoon Lyndon Watts (formerly Munich Philharmonic)
Horn Andrew Bain (LA Philharmonic Orchestra)

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Kurilpa Quartet @ Ian Hanger Recital Hall
Jul 26 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Kurilpa Quartet perform works for string quartet by Beethoven and Schumann.

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Stradbroke Chamber Music Festival @ Various Locations
Jul 28 – Jul 30 all-day

A record number of more than 20 performers are appearing at the 2017 festival, in a diverse programthat is based on narrative: stories, dreams and fairytales from strikingly different veins of Australia’s rich cultural lode.

Inspiring string players Sophie Rowell, Rachel Smith, Caroline Henbest, Louise King and Eric de Wit make return appearances in 2017, alongside English clarinettist William Stafford and not one but three pianists: Stephen Emmerson, Paul Hankinson and Ayesha Gough.

The six concerts feature masterworks by Haydn, Mozart, Schumann, Janacek, Brahms, Dvorak, Poulenc, Szymanowski and others.

In her first appearance at the festival, acclaimed classical guitarist Karin Schaupp plays gems from the classical guitar repertoire, including Boccherini’s brilliant “Fandango” guitar quintet, at a “Breakfast Fandango” concert at the Point Lookout Community Hall.

The spotlight will be on a very different plucked instrument – the oud, or Middle Eastern lute – at the ever-popular Saturday-night concert at the Point Lookout Surf Life Saving Club, when the ARIA Award-winning Joseph Tawadros Quartet (Joseph Tawadros, oud; Matt McMahon, piano; Karl Dunnicliff, double bass; James Tawadros, percussion) bring their joyous performing dynamic to the clubhouse stage.

On Sunday at Dunwich Public Hall, there’ll be even more cultural contrast. In the morning concert, musical miniatures that celebrate the natural world are linked by Chenoa Deemal’s narrations of stories from Oodgeroo’s Stradbroke Dreamtime, in a performance that pays tribute to Quandamooka cultural heritage and to festival founder Jani Haenke.

Then, in the afternoon, the festival’s 10-year anniversary will be celebrated by the premiere performance of a piece for clarinet, violin, cello and piano by Israeli-Australian composer Yitzhak Yedid, specially commissioned for the festival.



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Jul 29 – Jul 30 all-day

No matter whether your child is a beginner or more advanced (and some will have just learnt to play open strings!) AUSTA Q String Festival (formerly Junior Strings Festival) offers them the opportunity to perform a solo accompanied by a professional accompanist in front of a small, supportive audience of family, friends and peers. They will receive a constructive, encouraging adjudication report from one of AUSTA’s many teachers and also a fabulous, shiny trophy to take home!

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Mzaza Workshops – Part of Childers Festival @ Various Locations
Jul 29 all-day

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Cello with Love with Renat and Hila Yusupov @ Mountain Top Community Church (Mount Mee)
Jul 29 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Renat and Hila Yusupov, renowned Australian musicians (originally from Uzbekistan) will present a delightful afternoon of popular classical cello masterpieces that will include: Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1, Paganini’s Variations on One String on a Theme from ‘Moses in Egypt’ by Rossini, Massenet’s Meditation, works by J.S. Bach, Saint-Saens, Monti and many more. The program will also include a unique collection of melodies from Georgia, Armenia, Uzbekistan, Russia, and Israel, masterfully arranged for cello and piano. These pieces have hardly ever been presented in Australia and will intrigue the listeners with their beauty, energy and delight. 

This program has been presented extensively throughout Australia’s main cities. It will bring an unforgettable afternoon to its audience.
Renat Yusupov studied cello at the class of Professor Nikolay Bukin at the Uzbek State Conservatory. Between 1992 and 1999 he had worked as an assistant principal cellist of The National Symphony Orchestra of Uzbekistan and concertmaster of the State Conservatory. He migrated to Australia in November 1999 from St. Petersburg Russia were he worked at the St. Petersburg orchestra as an assistant principal cellist. Since arriving to Australia, he often performed as a soloist with many orchestras.

Hila Yusupov completed her Master’s degree in Chamber Music at the same conservatory under direction of professor Nikolay Bukin. Between 1992 and 2003 she worked at the Vocal and Opera departments of the Tashkent State Conservatory as a concertmaster. Hila migrated to Australia in August 2003. Since arriving to Sydney, she regularly performed as a soloist and an accompanist in various concerts. Hila also worked as a piano teacher and accompanist at the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney.

These musicians are of the highest calibre and bring unique personalities to the stage to ensure a most entertaining and enjoyable performance. Although both have enormous experience in the world’s most prestigious venues, they are excited to be bringing this concert to smaller communities who do not often have the chance for such an experience.

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Entry to Gold Coast Youth Orchestra
Aug 1 all-day

Our mission at the Gold Coast Youth Orchestra (GCYO) is to provide a broad range of orchestral and band experiences to complement and enhance the ensemble offerings musicians receive in schools. The GCYO offers a unique experience for young musicians; an offering not readily duplicated in schools.

As one of the largest youth orchestras in Australia, the GCYO offers a high quality service at a dedicated, special-purpose music facility. The GCYO is committed to providing a hospitable and enjoyable environment for our musicians, their families and the broader community.

Membership and placement into an ensemble within the Gold Coast Youth Orchestra is done through an independent audition process. All young musicians aged from 8 to 25 years are invited to apply. Every position, in every group is auditioned each year, so new applicants are not disadvantaged – equal opportunity for all.

Key Dates

  • 1 August 2017: Audition Applications for 2018 Entry OPEN
  • 15 September 2017: Audition Applications for 2018 Entry CLOSE
  • 6 October 2017: music excerpts available online for all instruments
  • 21 October 2017: audition appointment times emailed to STRING musicians
  • 21 October 2017: audition fee due
  • 28 October 2017: audition appointment times emailed to WIND, BRASS, PERCUSSION musicians
  • 4 November 2017: face-to-face auditions at GCYO for STRING musicians only
  • 11 November 2017: face-to-face auditions at GCYO for WIND, BRASS, PERCUSSION musicians
  • 11 November 2017: all electronic video auditions due
  • 31 December 2017: by no later than 31 December, all Audition Results emailed
  • 23 January 2018: rehearsals start
  • 30 January 2018: Membership Fees due

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Monique Clare – Presented by The Bug @ New Farm Bowls Club
Aug 1 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Monique Clare is a cello-wielding songstress, hailing from the foothills of Mount Coot-tha. Between ongoing explorations into Scandinavian and American traditional folk, a classical cello degree and a Beyonce obsession, her beautifully quirky songs are a melting pot of eclectic influences. Gripping vocal lines are woven between earthy cello tones, born out of old traditions but injected with fresh, unconventional ideas. This year sees her embarking on a solo project as the Folk Alliance Australia’s Young Folk Artist of 2017, after years of playing in various folk bands including The Mulberry Collective and Rhiannon & Monique.

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Endeavour Trio – Presented by Qld Conservatorium @ Ian Hanger Recital Hall
Aug 2 @ 1:05 pm

Piano, Strings, Woodwind

02 August 1:05pm Ian Hanger Recital Hall

The Endeavour Trio return with guest artists to present Brahms’ Trio for Clarinet, Cello & Piano Op.40 and Girard’s Les Noces D’Orphee.

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Cigány Weaver @ Can you keep a Secret?
Aug 4 @ 12:00 am

4th August – Can You Keep A Secret (Gabba)

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Brisbane Celtic Fiddle Club @ Red Hill Community Sports Club
Aug 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Brisbane Celtic Fiddle Club meets on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month at Red Hill Community Sports Club, 22 Fulcher Road, Red Hill. Contact Emma Nixon emma@emmanixon.com.au for details.

Advanced Fiddle Club night is on from 7:00 – 9:00pm at Red Hill Community Sports Club. Level 1 Theory for Folk class is on in the same venue from 6:00 -6:45pm.

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Moreton Celtic Fiddle Club @ Mango Hill community hall,
Aug 4 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Held once a month for all keen fiddlers, cellists, guitarists, and musicians in the community.
You will need to bring Your fiddle, Cello, guitar, mandolin, tin whistle, recorder, Harp, Bodhran, double bass, banjo, viola and a music stand!
We many have performances we are preparing for:
see Upcoming Events page for details.
We have fun, learn tunes and meet others with the same interest.
First Friday of every month

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BEMAC presents WORLD MUSIC CAFE: MZAZA & Vardos @ Queensland Multicultural Centre
Aug 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

BEMAC is bringing two-time Queensland Music Award winners MZAZA, and Melbourne’s gypsy folk trio Vardos, together for a World Music Café spiced with furious dancing, electrifying performances and the mesmerising music of Eastern Europe.

With their impressive musicianship, energetic live performances and phenomenal flair for reinventing musical traditions, both bands have firmly established themselves as leaders in Australia’s World Music scene, not only domestically but internationally as well.

And on Friday, 4 August, Brisbane audiences will have the rare privilege to be serenaded by both bands on one night under the Story Bridge.


With a fascination for making something new from the old, MZAZA’s writers and musicians flamboyantly craft their own set of traditions from a tapestry of richly woven influences born in France, the Balkans, the Middle East and Sephardic Spain.

Jaw-dropping technique, unique compositions and captivating shows have earned MZAZA supports for the likes of Yasmin Levy (Israel) and DJ Click (France).

This award-winning group of cultural refugees from Bosnia, Latvia, Greece, Turkey, France and Australia has enraptured audiences at MONA FOMA, Queensland Music Festival, Cygnet, National and Woodford Folk Festivals, and visited airwaves internationally.

Driven by her French and Spanish Sephardic roots, front woman Pauline Maudy sings in French, Spanish, Ladino, English and Turkish. She is an enchanting stage leader who delivers powerful and inspired performances to mesmerising musicianship deftly realised with accordion, violin, percussion, double bass and flamenco guitar.

This is a band of friends, who have found each other at the end of the world to make music that blurs geographical, temporal and musical boundaries.

It is this boundlessness of the music, coupled with their direct and celebratory connection with audiences around the globe that fuels an intense live show, and unforgettable musical journey.


Driven by Alana Hunt’s wild violin, chased by accordion and double bass, Vardos play gypsy and traditional music learnt from Roma (Gypsy) musicians during their travels in Eastern Europe. They have been serenading audiences around the world since late last century.

Of Vardos, music reviewer Ian Dearden has said “to say these women are exceptional musicians is to cast the Pope as a part-time Catholic.”

Vardos have toured to every state in Australia, and delivered electrifying live performances at festivals that include the National, Port Fairy, Illawarra, Cobargo and Fairbridge Folk Festivals, the Queenscliff Music Festival, Alice Desert Festival, Dark MoFo Festival in Hobart and the Melbourne Festival where they launched the CD ‘Entertaining Countess Dracula’ to a sell-out crowd at the Famous Spiegeltent.

The fire-blooded trio has toured internationally to New Zealand, Noumea in New Caledonia, and Geneva in Switzerland and around Hungary, have showcased in the United States, and had successful shows at the Famous Spiegeltent in the Edinburgh Fringe and the Edinburgh International Book Festival Spiegeltent. Vardos were nominated for the 2003 BBC Radio3 World

The two most recent Vardos CD’s have been finalists for the Golden Fiddle Awards.

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Symphony by the Lake – Presented by Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra @ Lakeside, Varsity Parade
Aug 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Symphony By The Lake returns for its third year at Winterfest featuring the Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra and Special Guest Mark Vincent.

The only classical artist in Australian history to have released six albums by the age of 20, Mark Vincent burst onto Australian television screens in 2009, with his moving rendition of  Puccini’s ‘Nessun Dorma’ on Australia’s Got Talent. He won the competition, signed with Sony Music and went on to sell more than half a million albums worldwide.

Don’t miss this amazing event. Bring your blanket or chairs, grab some food from the street stalls at the VIBE Street Party and enjoy a night of spectacular glitz and glamour at Symphony By The Lake.

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Virtuosis Gala – Presented by Qld Medical Orchestra @ Performing Arts Centre
Aug 5 @ 7:00 pm

In the tradition of our mid-year concert, our 2017 Virtuosis Gala will feature a bevy of QMO’s most talented soloists, as well as our amazing choir. This Gala event will showcase the Saint Saens Piano Concert no. 2 with Soloists Dr Brendan Wisnowski, Professor Emma Duncan and Dr Jee-Yong Kim; whilst our cello virtuosi Dr Julia Finch, Dr Nicola Campbell and Dr Michael Lam will perform Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C Major. There will also be woodwind soloists with selected movement of other concerti.

The magnificent voices of the Queensland Medical Choir will also feature with choral masterpieces. Virtuosis will be the highlight of this year’s program with a spectacular classic masterpieces and amazing talents, presenting to you an evening not for the faint-hearted.

This event will be held in our new modern venue: the recently built state-of-art Performing Arts Centre at St Peter’s Lutheran College. The auditorium is spacious and well designed with complete viewing access to the stage from any seat. Tickets will be sold with allocated seating.

This Gala Concert promises to deliver a glamorous feast for the eyes, ears and the soul.

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Intermediate Celtic Sessions @ Finbar's Lounge Bar (Sunshine Coast)
Aug 6 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

1st & 3rd Sundays 1pm – 4pm


Musicians and Audience Welcome

Tunes played include BBS, NFF Session Experience, Maleny Tunes Class &
other common tunes at a moderate pace. Playing by ear encouraged.

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Maleny Tunes Class – Wednesdays

Maleny Presbyterian Hall, Cedar Street, Maleny

Mainly Irish Tunes taught slowly by ear, slower and more advanced learning catered for.

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Divine Octets – Presented by the Corda Spiritus Chamber Players @ Robert Channon Wines
Aug 6 @ 2:00 pm


 sublime chamber music by Mendelssohn and Schubert

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MBSO Pops Concert    @ Clontarf Beach State High School
Aug 6 @ 2:00 pm