Marshall McGuire: “Audience engagement is the key to doing everything.”

Marshall McGuire, director of programming at Melbourne Recital Centre and harpist, was a juror at the 2018 FS&MM in the category “Trio for Piano, Violin and Violoncello”. In conversation with Jennifer Ronyak he talks about the process of evaluation in the competition, shares his thoughts on trends in chamber Music, and on the importance of audience engagement nowadays.

Isabel Mundry: “Beeindruckt, wie sich die drei Duos das Stück zu eigen gemacht haben.”

In conversation with Joseph Breinl, Isabel Mundry gives insight into her work style, and talks about the ideas for the composition “Lied”. And about her difficult task to consider the time pressure as the essential factor: the finalists only had 1,5 days available to study “Lied” and then perform in front of the jury and audience.

Elena Cheah: “It’s really important for me to have a stillness to reflect on so many things.”

Cellist Elena Cheah was a juror at the 2018 FS&MM in the category “Trio for Piano, Violin and Violoncello”. In conversation with Jennifer Ronyak she talks about the different styles of the ensembles, about the importance to know both Schubert and contemporary music, and the lack of time to reflect on various impressions.

Burgos & Gerzenberg: “It was challenging to work against your own musical instinct.”

Duo Burgos & Gerzenberg won the 2nd Prize & the Special Prize for Best Interpretation of the Commisioned Compostition “Lied” (2017) by Isabel Mundry at the 2018 FS&MM in the category “Duo for Voice and Piano (Lied)”. In conversation with Christian Utz and Thomas Glaser the two musicians share their thoughts on the philosophical conception behind their programming, and on working against one’s musical instict.