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26/07 - 04/08/2019

Artistic Director Kathryn Stott

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2019 Festival Artists


Neal Peres da Costa


Neal Peres da Costa is supported by Gudrun Genee

Neal Peres da Costa is a world renowned performing scholar and educator. He is Associate Professor and Chair of Historical Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. His monograph Off the Record: Performing Practices in Romantic Piano Playing (Oxford University Press, New York: 2012) has been hailed as a book that ‘no serious pianist should be without’ (Limelight, 2012) and honoured as ‘a notable book’ on Alex Ross’ 2012 Apex List.

An ARIA winning artist, he has an extensive discography and has regularly performed with Australia’s leading ensembles including the ACO, SSO, ABO, Pinchgut Opera and Ironwood with which he is undertaking cutting-edge research in the field of late-nineteenth-century performance. Notable solo performances include Bach’s monumental Goldberg Variations at the Festival Baroque in Perth (2009) and the Peninsula Summer Festival (2010). He appeared at the 2013 Musica Viva Festival, and during many Peninsula Summer Festival, ACO, Australian Haydn Ensemble, Pinchgut, and Ironwood seasons.

2014 saw a highly successful US tour with Ironwood which was followed up with a UK tour in 2015 and the release of two CDs on the ABC Classics label: Mozart: Stolen Beauties with internationally acclaimed period horn player Anneke Scott and Brahms’ Op.25 Piano Quartet and Op.37 Piano Quintet.
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