Melbourne Recital Centre

The Foundation has supported the Melbourne Recital Centre’s artistic and access programs each year since 2013, and in 2017 provided funding for the inaugural Artist in Residence program in 2017.

Paul Grabowsky AO

This support enabled the Centre to offer its first Artist-in-Residence appointment to Prof. Paul Grabowksy – the highly respected composer, pianist, teacher and entrepreneur. During his year-long collaboration with Melbourne Recital Centre, Paul brought to fruition four varied projects that ran the gamut from Bach reinterpreted to a Bob Dylan tribute with long time collaborators Kate Ceberano and Joe Camillieri.

Following the success of this first year of the program the MRC appointed Genevieve Lacey as 2018 Artist in Residence. Genevieve Lacey is a recorder virtuoso, serial collaborator and artistic director, with a significant recording catalogue and a career as an international soloist. Her residency included a series of three performances entitled Nest which invited a cast of artists to create a shelter of music, words and light, taking direction from renowned Australian composers including Andrea Keller (piano), cult drummer/composer Simon Barker and Genevieve Lacey (recorder) herself.

Genevieve Lacey

William Barton

The 2019 Artist in Residence was the indigenous didjeridoo player, singer and guitarist William Barton
Skilled in story-telling, blessed with phenomenal technique and driven by a need to collaborate with musicians and artists from a wide variety of musical styles and disciplines, his program for 2019 featured collaborations with violinist Veronique Serret, and with his mother Aunty Delmae Barton, a collaboration with the Australian String Quartet, and numerous other events.

In 2020 the pianist, writer and director Dr Anna Goldsworthy was the MRC’s Artist & Writer-in-Residence. Due to the pandemic and the lengthy closure of the MRC, Anna’s originally planned program of activities was been significantly modified and the tenure of her residency extended to the end of 2021. Anna’s residency will include:

  • Performances with Seraphim Trio (of which she is a founding member)
  • Performing with world renowned artists such as violinist Andrew Haveron and pianist Konstantin Shamray
  • Workshops/performance of excerpts from her new novel Melting Moments
  • A creative workshop on a new work looking at the complex relationship of Chopin and George Sand
  • Potential for a piano masterclass
  • Opportunities to contribute to MRC’s online presence through “Soundescapes”, and “Live From Melbourne Recital” digital platforms.

Anna Goldsworthy