17–18 May 2025

2024 Program

Festival Overview

The Coriole Music Festival encompasses two days of beautiful chamber music, with meals and wine included.

There are two concerts on Saturday and one on Sunday. Each of the weekend’s three concerts will be followed by a delicious meal in the Coriole courtyard, where performers and audience can mix while enjoying fine food by chef Patricia Streckfuss and superb Coriole wines.

On each morning, before the first concert, Artistic Director Simon Cobcroft will give a talk to introduce the program of music.

2024 Theme – To Find a Way Home

The 2024 Coriole Music Festival invites you to a magnificent weekend of chamber music, performed by some of Australia’s best known and most admired performers. Featuring much loved staples of the repertoire, seldom heard rarities, and music that is entirely new, the 2024 festival will take you on a unique and thrilling musical journey.  


Simon Cobcroft,
2023-25 Artistic Director


The 2024 Coriole Music Festival features a superb collection of musicians from Australia and further afield. Making his Coriole Music Festival debut is acclaimed Australian baritone, Samuel Dundas. Celebrated pianist, author and former Coriole artistic director Anna Goldsworthy returns to the festival, along with much loved Russian piano virtuoso Konstantin Shamray. Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s double bass Jaan Pallandi is joined by rising Australian star violinist Doretta Balkizas, in her festival debut. Making a welcome return to Coriole this year is the ever popular Lyrebird Piano Trio, and, fresh from their latest hit recording for Deutsche Grammophon, performing at Coriole for the very first time, the internationally acclaimed Orava Quartet.

Saturday 18 May 2024

10.15 am

Introductory talk by Simon Cobcroft with coffee and tea from 10 am

11.00 am

Concert One – The Way Home

The first concert in this year’s festival begins with restless, searching music of the Australian landscape, Peter Sculthorpe’s Djilile and Night Pieces, contrasted with the pastoral, old world beauty of Ralph Vaughan-Williams’ Six Studies in English Folk Song, and Songs of Travel. The concert concludes with two giants of Czech nationalism: Josef Suk and Bedrich Smetana, the former in his poignant Elegy, and the latter in his achingly romantic piano trio.

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1.30 pm

Three-course lunch (with Coriole wines)

3.30 pm

Panel Discussion

5.00 pm

Concert Two – Fugitive Visions

Sergei Prokofiev’s dazzling piano masterpiece, Visions Fugitives, opens this concert, followed by the soaring lyricism of his 2nd Violin Sonata. We continue with Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov’s spectral and haunting Fugitive Visions of Mozart, before concluding with one of the truly shattering works of the chamber music repertoire, Dmitri Shostakovich’s searing Piano Trio no.2 in E Minor.

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7.30 pm

Supper (with Coriole wines)

Sunday 19 May 2024

10.15 am

Introductory talk by Simon Cobcroft with coffee and tea from 10 am

11.00 am

Concert Three – Incandescence

The third and final concert opens with the thrilling brutality of Osvaldo Golijov’s Last Round, followed by the world premiere of a new work by brilliant young Australian composer Annie Hsieh. Next, two 20th century masterworks: American master Samuel Barber’s rarely heard yet broodingly beautiful Dover Beach for baritone and string quartet, followed by Erwin Schulhoff’s kaleidoscopic first String Quartet. The 2024 festival finishes in a burst of radiance, with one of the most exciting works to have been composed in recent years, Olli Mustonen’s sublime 2nd Nonet.

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1.30 pm

Lunch (with Coriole wines)

Note that final program and artists are subject to change