Kathryn Selby, Grace Clifford and Clancy Newman open Selby and Friends season by exploring Beethoven's chamber music repertoire with works selected by audience members

Grace Clifford, violinist.

Grace Clifford, violinist.

Selby & Friends, founded by Kathryn Selby AM, are kicking off their 2018 season with a special six concert tour celebrating chamber music masterpieces by Beethoven.

Selby - pianist and artistic director - will be joined by Australian violinist Grace Clifford and American virtuoso cellist Clancy Newman as they perform four works that were chosen by Selby & Friends’ audience members during 2017.

Selby is looking forward to tonight's Sydney performance at City Recital Hall and says she is "Very excited. Our all-Beethoven programs are the most popular in our concert series, and it's always challenging, yet rewarding repertoire to tackle!"

Grace Clifford has been a regular guest artist with Selby & Friends since her performances as a Development Artist at the age of fourteen. She is an ABC Young Performer of the Year Award recipient, and performed the Bruch Violin Concerto with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra during a break from her studies at the famed Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

Meanwhile, cellist Clancy Newman, first-prize winner of the prestigious Walter W. Naumburg International Competition and recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, is also a composer in his own right, and has premiered several of his own works with Selby & Friends. He returns frequently to Australia from the USA to perform with the series.

Beethoven by Ballot is a glimpse into the composer’s diverse chamber music body of work and Selby says, "As one might expect, some of his most well-known and beautiful pieces like the Spring sonata and Archduke piano trio are included. Grace and Clancy are exciting, brilliant colleagues with whom to share this repertoire with."

Selby & Friends was founded by Artist Director Kathryn Selby AM, Australia’s pre-eminent chamber music pianist. Now in its twelfth season, the Selby & Friends touring performance series presents concerts of exceptionally high quality with a rotating guest ensemble of illustrious chamber musicians, both Australian and international.


Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Trio in B-flat major, WoO. 39

Ludwig van Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 5 in F major, Op. 24, Spring

Ludwig van Beethoven Cello Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 69

Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 97 Archduke

Beethoven by Ballot is on tour from 11-18 March. Tickets and information here or call 1300 511 099.

Sunday, March 11 – 2:30pm, Elder Hall, University of Adelaide, Adelaide
Tuesday, March 13 – 7:00pm, City Recital Hall, Sydney
Wednesday, March 14 – 7:30pm, Tatoulis Auditorium, Methodist Ladies’ College, Kew, Melbourne Thursday, March 15 – 7:30pm, Fairfax Theatre, NGA, Canberra
Saturday, March 17 – 5:00pm, Mittagong Playhouse, Southern Highlands
Sunday, March 18 – 2:15pm, Turramurra Uniting Church, Turramurra

Kathryn Selby. Image by Jane Dempster

Kathryn Selby. Image by Jane Dempster