Canberra, 7 October 2009 Press release

Haydn Festival in Canberra, Australia

Canberra, 7 October 2009 – A dense and varied programme was presented on 5 October in Canberra with a concert by the world-famous Haydn Trio Eisenstadt as part of the Haydn Year, performed in the Llewellyn Hall of the “ANU School of Music” of the Australian National University, a leading institution in the Australian art scene.

The Austrian musicians Harald Kosik (piano), Verena Stourzh (violin), and Hannes Gradwohl (cello) played works by Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven. The highlight of the evening was the Australian premiere of „Calliope Dreaming", a piece composed by Austrian artist Elena Kats-Chernin especially for the Haydn Year 2009.

Haydn was intensively celebrated in Australia in a cooperation between the ANU School of Music, the supporting associations of the School of Music, and the Austrian Embassy: A composition competition on Haydn’s „The Creation“; a Haydn candlelight concert during the Canberra International Music Festival; new recording of all Haydn sonatas by the famous Australian pianist and professor Geoffrey Lancaster, played on original instruments.

The concert by the Haydn Trio was used as an occasion to announce the winners of a music competition. The competition took place in the form of three concerts played in the Residence of the Austrian Ambassador. The winner of the first prize will travel to Austria in 2010 upon invitation of the Provincial Government of Burgenland and sponsored by the "Casinos Austria".

The Haydn Festival was topped off with the Haydn documentary exhibition – a joint project by the Burgenland Haydn Festival and the International Joseph Haydn Private Foundation Eisenstadt in cooperation with the Federal Ministry for European and International affairs – which will be on display in Canberra, Brisbane, and Sydney.


Contact for further enquiries:
Austrian Embassy in Canberra
Tel.: +61 2 6163 1533
Austrian Embassy