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Artist conversation hosted by Paul Kildea with Thomas Gould, Kirsty McCahon & Genevieve Lacey

Conductor, and University of Melbourne Honorary Principal Fellow, Paul Kildea holds a doctorate from Oxford University. Paul has been Artistic Director of the Wigmore Hall, London and Four Winds Festival, NSW and artistic advisor for both Aldeburgh and Perth Festivals. His acclaimed biography Benjamin Britten: A Life in the Twentieth Century was published in 2013, followed by Chopin’s Piano: A Journey Through Romanticism in 2018.

British violinist Thomas Gould has forged an unusually varied career that encompasses directing, leading, playing concertos, chamber and new music, and also working in jazz and other non-classical genres. He has performed in Australia extensively before as guest director of ACO Collective and guest principal 2nd violin in ACO, soloist with WASO, and on tour with the UK’s Aurora Orchestra. 

Bass player, educator, curator, environmentalist, mother and passionate advocate for the arts. Kirsty’s artistic practice is inspired by the universal language of the arts across old and new forms. From the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, to the Brodsky Quartet, to the Australian World Orchestra, and collaborations with luminaries such as David Malouf and Elena Kats-Chernin, Kirsty is recognised as one of Australia’s finest with a Churchill Fellowship and a Fellowship at the University of Melbourne.

Genevieve Lacey is a musician working in many contexts, with all kinds of people. She creates large-scale collaborative works across radio, film, dance, theatre and public art, and has premiered scores of works, written for her. She’s a recorder virtuoso, artistic director, spokesperson and leader, with a significant recording catalogue and a career as an international artist.

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