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Viola, Viola

8 May, 2022

Wenhong Luo and William Vyvyan Murray

Viola, Viola


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Wenhong Luo and William Vyvyan Murray


8 May 2022

time: 2pm
duration: 60 minutes
ticket price: $25 – $35
bookings: 03 9662 9966

A contemplative concert experience that journeys from the Baroque to the present day, the East to the West, and the North to the South. Opening with Handel’s glorious Sarabande and moving through music from Korea, Melbourne, America and the British Isles before finishing with a selection of Bartok’s amazing folk songs and dances. Unforgettable music performed by two of Melbourne’s best violists.

Viola Duos:
Tertis Handel – Sarabande for two violas
Frank Bridge – Lament for two violas
Isang Yun – Contemplation
William V Murray – Butterflies: Suites for two violas
Libby Larsen – In Such a Night
Beatrice Price – Sketches in Sepia
Bela Bartok – Selected Violin Duos

Violist Wenhong Luo is the 3rd prize winner at the 12th Lionel Tertis Viola competition and the 19th Joannes Brahms competition. After making her debut in China with the China broadcast symphony orchestra at age of 16, playing the Walton Viola concerto, she moved to London and studied at the Royal Academy of Music. At age of 22, she moved to the states and began her studies at the New England Conservatory of Music. Her performances has been recorded on Linn records and Naxos. In 2018, she participated the prestigious “Chamber Music Connects the World” at Kronberg, where she collaborated with Andries Schiff, Steve Isserlis, and Christian Tetzlaff. Other artists that she has collaborated with are Laurence Lesser, Miriam Fried, Paul Biss, Soovin Kim, Midori Goto, and Maxim Vengrov.

A native of Beijing, China, Wenhong joint the faculty of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music in 2020, after studying with Kim Kashkashian at the New England Conservatory of Music as a doctoral candidate. She devotes herself to both solo and chamber music playing, and with the great passion on delivering the music to different communities, she is an artist of the “music for food” organization in Boston, and have been on tour with Midori Goto to Nepal and Japan being part of the “music sharing” program. Her primary mentors includes Su Zhen, Martin Outram, and Kim Kashkashian.

William Vyvyan Murray has carved a fascinating career as a violist and composer. His passion for music led him from his birth city of Melbourne/Naarm to study and work in Berlin, Paris, Lugano, Cremona and Amsterdam. At the UdK, CNSM and CSI he worked extensively with Nobuko Imai, Bruno Giuranna, Wilfried Strehle, HJ Greiner and Jean Sulem.

An active chamber musician, he has performed with musicians like David Geringas, Antje Weithaas, Bruno Giuranna, Rainer Honeck, Salvatore Accardo, Phillipe Grafin, Rocco Fillipini and Peter Buck. He works with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Quator Alter Ego, Spira Mirabilis, the Berliner Kammerorchester and Ensemble Reflektor. In February 2017 he took the 2nd prize and the Mozart prize at the Amsterdam Viola Competition.

His compositions and arrangements are performed in Japan, Europe, Australia and America and were recently featured on Ensemble Reflektor’s Album “Ad Astra”.

William has been invited to perform at music festivals throughout the world in Kuhmo, Verbier, Prussia Cove, Chigiana and Otaru. His practice is also informed by his work with many of the worlds great violists – Kim Kashkashian, Lawrence Power, Yuri Bashmet, Antoine Tamestit and Hariolf Schlichtig are just a few of the many artists he has been guided by.

He feels very fortunate to have access to play on a composite viola made by Antonio and Hieronymous Amati of Cremona in 1620.

Ticket Prices:

Full: $35
Concession: $25
Groups 8+: $25


Pensioners/Full-time students/MEAA members



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fortyfivedownstairs theatre
45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne 3000, Victoria 3000 Australia
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