Canberra International Music Festival

…the idea of Vienna

The city where Schubert and Strauss were born. The place where Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven made history. The opera house that Mahler transformed for the 20th century. The circles where Schoenberg foreshadowed the tragedy of two world wars.

In 2021, CIMF brings the music of Vienna to Canberra, performed by an exceptional cast of Australian artists. (More about … the idea of Vienna on our blog page.)

Over ten glorious autumn days and more, treat yourself to a music adventure!

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Alma Moodie Quartet

Monday 31 May, 2021


Elder Hall, Adelaide

Friday 4 June, 2021


Macquarie Conservatorium, Dubbo

Sunday 6 June, 2021


Campbell Scout Hall, Canberra 

Wednesday 9 June, 2021


Glebe Town Hall, Sydney

Named to honour an internationally significant Australian violinist of the 1930s and 40s, the Alma Moodie Quartet features four of Australia’s finest string players in an exciting new collaboration.

Kristian Winther, Anna da Silva Chen, Alexina Hawkins and Thomas Marlin bring a fresh and fearless approach to the string quartet repertoire, invigorating the classics and exploring new works with their combined virtuosic talents.


BEETHOVEN String Quartet in E minor, Op 59 No. 2
SCHOENBERG String Quartet No. 1 in D Minor, Op 7

Kristian Winther & Anna Da Silva Chen, violins
Alexina Hawkins, viola
Thomas Marlin, cello


BLISS OF HEAVEN - Album Launch Concert

Thursday 29 April, 2021


Camelot Lounge, Marrickville

Performance featuring:

Daniel Rojas, piano/composer
Anna Da Silva-Chen (violin 1), Tim Yu (violin 2), Sophie Nickel (viola), Noah Oshiro (cello)

“musical escapism at its finest... Rojas is a master of his craft, both as a pianist and composer”
Limelight Magazine

Irresistible rhythms and a melting pot of melodies, Chilean-born pianist and composer Daniel Rojas reimagines some of Latin America’s best-loved tunes and tangos in his new album for Da Vinci Classics, 'BLISS OF HEAVEN: Music of the New World'.

A heavenly alchemy of mambo, salsa and Andean folk music fused with classical sensibilities - supported by the high-energy Ensemble Apex String Quartet featuring violinist Anna da Silva Chen - it's music you know but as you've never heard it before.

With Piazzolla’s dramatic Libertango, Chucho Valdés’ danceable Mambo Influenciado and the surprising Peruvian title track traced back to the 1600s, Rojas' long-awaited album of sensitive arrangements and soulful original works is guaranteed to lift your spirits, and leave you wanting more.

Dr Daniel Rojas is an award-winning composer specialising in the rich and vibrant Latin American aesthetic, and Australia’s best Latin and tango pianist, earning acclaim for stunning improvisations at the keyboard. Program director of Composition at Sydney University’s Conservatorium of Music, Rojas’ prizes include the Fellowship of Australian Composers Award, Frank Albert Prize, and Miriam Hyde Memorial Award; a warm and exuberant performer, he has played for Sydney Festival, Melbourne Recital Centre, Newcastle Music Festival, City Recital Hall and more.

While this album was recorded in São Paulo, Brazil (pre-COVID) with the Baldini Quartet and bandoneonist Stephen Cuttriss, tonight, as for Sydney Festival, Rojas performs with a string quartet from Ensemble Apex - Sydney's creative and charismatic collection of Conservatorium-trained young musicians led by Artistic Director/conductor, Sam Weller.