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29 July 2016

Australia's most prestigious chamber music competitions are set for an exciting future, backed by a new consortium of leading music organisations and supported by the Victorian Government.

The Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, and its sister event for the Asia Pacific region, will be delivered by Musica Viva in partnership with the Melbourne Recital Centre (MRC) and the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM).

Held every four years, the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition is a career-making event for young chamber music ensembles from around the world. It is regarded as one of the most prestigious competitions of its kind in the world and attracts international audiences.

The Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition has been staged in Melbourne every four years since 1991, and since 2009 has been complemented by the Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition, held on an alternate four-year cycle.

Musica Viva is Australia's leading national chamber music organisation, presenting nearly 2000 performances and programs across the country. It will be expanding its base in Melbourne to partner with MRC and ANAM to deliver the competitions and an expanded program.

Wilma Smith, former Concertmaster of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra has been appointed Artistic Director of the Competitions, working alongside Musica Viva's newly appointed Victorian General Manager, Hywel Sims. 

The Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition will be held in 2018 and the Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition will be held in 2020.