2016 Season Overview

Selby & Friends celebrates 10 years with stellar 2016 program of Australian and international guests.

Artistic Director and Australian pianist, Kathryn Selby AM says of her 2016 season, “A decade is a significant milestone for an artistic venture in Australia. Selby & Friends was born out of my love for chamber music and my experience collaborating with many brilliant Australian and international guest artists, so it is fitting that in 2016 we celebrate that decade by highlighting extraordinary Australian musical talent.”

In all but one of the 2016 concerts, Kathy will perform with musicians based in, or born in, Australia. Her local guests in 2016 are Dene Olding (Concertmaster SSO, Goldner String Quartet), Julian Smiles (cello Goldner String Quartet), Andrew Haveron (Concertmaster SSO) and Timo-Veikko Valve (cello ACO). Her ‘homecoming’ artists are Daniel Dodds (violin), Susie Park (violin) and Clancy Newman (cello), and her guest international collaborator is young superstar violinist Nikki Chooi. The 2016 Selby & Friends programs include well-known chamber works by Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Shostakovich, alongside works by Busoni, Arensky and Australian composers Julian Yu and Gerard Brophy.

Thriving in a festival-like atmosphere, Selby & Friends concerts create a strong and intimate connection with our audience allowing the performers to share not only their brilliance and flair but also warmth, humour and personal musical experiences. 2016 welcomes back many favourite artists and we are delighted to present several stunning new guests artists whose performances are much anticipated.

“It is a privilege being part of the Selby & Friends’ series again in 2016,” said Clancy Newman who returns to S&F in 2016.

“It’s always fun collaborating with musical colleagues at this very high level. Playing in a small ensemble is exposed, intimate and challenging and Kathy’s programming is always intelligently balanced and deeply satisfying. The Selby & Friends audiences clearly enjoy it as much as we do on stage! Happy 10th Birthday S&F,” he said.

Described by one reviewer as “…exactly what chamber music is meant to be…intimate, conversational, captivating, the music of friends, and a thoroughly enjoyable, personal experience,” Selby & Friends presents a subscription season of five tours in 2016 to various venues in Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Turramurra and the NSW Southern Highlands.