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					News Release                                                                                      July 29, 2008

          Chamber Music Australia opens its million dollar competition to
                   musicians from the Asia-Pacific region

Chamber Music Australia announced today that it had opened the field for its next National
Australian Chamber Music Competition to include string quartet and piano trio ensemble
entries from Asia and New Zealand.

This million dollar event, now called the “Asia-Pacific Chamber Music Competition 2009”
will run during 1st to 5th July at the new Melbourne Recital Centre. The competition will attract
talented piano trio and string quartet musicians aged between 20 to 30 years who are ready
to take their musical careers to the next level.

Chamber Music Australia is calling for entries throughout Asia (including: China, Singapore,
Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Japan, Korea) and the main cities in New Zealand.

General Manager, Mr Benjamin Woodroffe said, “We have cast our net to include musicians
from the Asia-Pacific region because there is substantial interest and talent emerging from
these quarters. Inviting neighbouring countries makes the event more competitive and raises
the standard of excellence for all contestants”.

Artistic Director of Chamber Music Australia, Mr Marco van Pagee has recently returned from
visiting music colleagues in Asia to promote the new competition. He said, “The response has
been fantastic and I have been told to expect chamber music ensembles entering from
Singapore, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai plus Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch in New
Zealand”.

Marco van Pagee added, “Our organisation is all about raising standards and experiences for
chamber musicians. This competition encourages professional development for all
performers and promotes collaborations and strong networks amongst the major concert
organisers and musical academies based in the Asia-Pacific region. At the end of the day the
Asia-Pacific Competition 2009 will improve the calibre of entertainment and performance for
chamber musicians in Australia”.

In 2005 TinAlley String Quartet won the last Australian Chamber Music Competition, inspiring
them to enter the Fifth Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition two years later
and then return from Canada in 2007 having won the “9th Banff International String Quartet
Competition”.

Lerida Delbridge, spokesperson from the winning Australian ensemble in 2005, TinAlley
String Quartet remarks, “The 2005 national Chamber Music Competition was a major catalyst
for the quartet's recent international success. We would never have been able to


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undertake such inspiring international study without the winnings of the competition and it
gave us the confidence and impetus to grow musically, professionally and as individuals”.

“We have followed TinAlley’s career for the past five years, as they entered both of our
competitions. They are a hardworking , talented quartet and inspiring role models for other
ensembles emerging into the scene”, added Benjamin Woodroffe.

In July, 2009 The Asia-Pacific Chamber Music Competition will include up to twelve
ensembles comprising piano trios and string quartets. They will be selected to perform live
recitals over five days playing for lucrative cash prizes and further education. Many new
ensembles will be discovered during the event, plus learn to deal with media attention, live
radio broadcasts, interviews and music fans following their music-making on stage.

Respected adjudicators are being secured now for this competition. Already confirmed are:

•    Japan - Koichiro Harada, former violinist from Tokyo String Quartet
•    London – Alasdair Tait, former cellist from the Belcea Quartet

Experts will be represented from Australia and New Zealand to complete the panel.

During 1997 to 2005 Chamber Music Australia has staged three national competitions, held
every four years. The past winners of the Grand Prize - Musica Viva Australia’s Tony Berg
Award - for the competitions are:

1997 - Trio 303; 2001- Tankstream Quartet and 2005 - TinAlley String Quartet

Marco van Pagee urges all string quartet and piano trio ensembles to enter this unique
chamber music competition as he guarantees the opportunities and experience gained from
participating is abundant; “String quartet and piano trios get to play to a live audience and are
noticed by the people who matter in the music industry, it’s a really good gig”, says van Pagee.

          Call for entries for the Asia-Pacific Chamber Music Competition 2009

Visit our website for repertoire requirements, entry deadlines and what is in store for the next
best string quartet and piano trio ensembles to be heard on stage in 2009.

                                 www.chambermusicaustralia.com.au



For further media information and interviews please contact:
Nicola Archer, Nicola Archer Communications on 03 9534 1285 or 0419 002 769.


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