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What is the Nova Muse Festival?

In collaboration with the North West Christian School and in celebration of new musical inspiration, the inaugural Nova Muse Festival brings to Penguin, Tasmania, renowned string pedagogues from around Australia.

The beautiful coastal township of Penguin provides the perfect setting for this festival. Aside from the natural beauty of the town and its surrounding countryside, Penguin is home to a new and rapidly expanding string playing community, mentored/nurtured since (2017 ?) by violinist Sarah Scheermeijer with the support of NWCC community.
The Nova Muse Festival welcomes music lovers, aspiring string players and members of the community to share this nurturing atmosphere that is special to Penguin. Festival activities, in addition to a professional concert program provided by the mentoring artists, include ensemble coaching for participants of all levels, daily student performances, workshops and masterclasses for advanced students.
Participants are welcome to camp on site at NWCC, where vegetarian cuisine is catered



3-8 OCTOBER 2021

20 September 2021


till 5 September, 2021

6-20 September, 2021


Phone: 0409 000 000
Email: NovaMuseFestival@gmail.com


SUSAN COLLINS - Director, Violinist

A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now. When, while the lovely

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Described by Limelight Magazine as “a soloist of superb virtuosic skill and musicality”, Australian classical pianist Alex Raineri (b. 1993) is internationally active as recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician. International performances include tours throughout California, South-East Asia, United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Germany and Austria.
Alex has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Radio NZ, California Capital Public Radio, ABC Classic FM and all of the Australian MBS Networks. As a concerto soloist he has featured with the Queensland, Tasmanian, Darwin and West Australian Symphony Orchestras, Southern Cross Soloists, Orchestra Victoria, Four Winds Festival Orchestra, Bangalow Festival Orchestra and the Queensland Pops Orchestra.
Alex has been the recipient of a number of major awards including the Kerikeri International Piano Competition and Australian National Piano Award. Alex is the pianist with the Southern Cross Soloists and other notable chamber partnerships include; Andreas Ottensamer, eighth blackbird, ELISION, Sara Macliver, Natalie Clein, Greta Bradman, Li Wei Qin, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Jack Liebeck, Kathryn Stott, Slava Grigoryan, Brett Dean and many others.
He is the artistic director of the annual Brisbane Music Festival and is a passionate exponent of contemporary music having given 129 world premieres and 89 Australian premiere performances to date. Discography includes; Transfiguration (2019), Inventions (2019), I’ll Walk Beside You – Teddy Tahu Rhodes & Southern Cross Soloists (2018 – ABC Classics) and braneworlds – Kupka’s Piano (2017).


After graduating from the University of Adelaide and winning the ABC Instrumental and Vocal Competition Michele Walsh undertook post-graduate study in London with Szymon Goldberg. Returning to Australia she was appointed Associate Concert Master of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, a position she held for a decade. She is currently Head of Strings at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. She has appeared as soloist with major orchestras in Australia and has performed in Europe, the USA and South East Asia. She is in demand as guest concertmaster of various orchestras and regularly appears at chamber music festivals in Australia and South-East Asia. She is a founding member of the Griffith Trio with whom she has made several international tours. She is also a member of the Merlin Ensemble and Aether Harp Quintet. She has a lifelong commitment to working with young musicians and in 2012 she received a national award from AUSTA for outstanding contribution to string playing and teaching in Australia. 


Patricia Pollett is one of Australia’s leading string players. A graduate of the University of Adelaide, she has received numerous awards, including a Churchill Fellowship and an Australia Council International Study Grant. She studied with Peter Schidlof of the Amadeus Quartet and at the Royal College of Music in London, and with Bruno Giuranna at the Hochschule der Kunst in Berlin. She has extensive international performance experience, particularly as violist with the Italian string ensemble I Solisti Veneti, and was a founding member of the contemporary ensemble Perihelion, resident at the University of Queensland.
Patricia is an advocate of new music for the viola, and has commissioned, performed and recorded numerous new solo works by leading Australian composers. She was honoured for this work with an APRA Australian Music Centre Classical Music Award for the Most Distinguished Contribution to the Presentation of Australian Composition by an Individual.
She is in demand as a teacher, giving masterclasses for leading education institutions in Australia and overseas. Patricia is an Associate Professor at the University of Queensland where she is Director of Performance Studies at the School of Music.


Déri György was born in 1965. My parents and all my close relatives are musicians. I started to study music at the age of five. My first instrument was the violin, but I switched to the cello after half a year.

My first teacher was Lajos Frank. A few months later I had my first public recital and very soon I won some regional cultural competitions.
I became preliminary student of the Bartók Béla Conservatory at the age of nine. From 1983 I entered the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music. My professor was Ede Banda, member of the legendary Tátrai String Quartet. I had seven years of education there, with outstanding professors such as Melinda Kistétényi or György Konrád. While at the Academy I started parallel studies in composition at the Conservatory. My connection with contemporary music is unbroken ever since.
In 1985-86 I had a special scholarship in Vienna, where I studied chamber music with the members of the Vienna Schubert Trio (later Altenberg Trio). In the last two years of my studies I was demonstrator at the violoncello and chamber faculties of the Academy.
In 1987 I won the first prize of the David Popper Violoncello Competition. I graduated with distinction in 1989. Afterwards I played in several chamber music ensembles and orchestras, or as a soloist throughout Europe and beyond, but teaching became more and more important in my life since 1991, when I started teaching at the Academy.
In my career I got five Artisjus Prizes for performing and introducing contemporary Hungarian music and a special prize in 2012.
As a soloist and a chamber musician I played with outstanding partners, just to mention a few of them: Zoltán Kocsis, René Clemencic, Miklós Perényi, Péter Eötvös, Andras Keller etc. In Europe and Asia I had hundreds of concerts. I made about two dozen cd recordings from Bach till contemporary music.
I founded or participated several chamber music groups and orchestras such as Duo Ongarese, Hungarian Virtuosi, Liszt Ferenc Chamber Orchestra, Hungarian Cello Orchestra, Intermoduláció, UMZE, Flash Chamber Group, Keller String Quartet, Trio Pestalozzi, and Trio Art Nouveau.
In 2004 I got honored with the Liszt Ferenc Prize and became assistant professor beside Prof. Miklós Perényi – from 2010 I am senior lecturer at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music Budapest.
I make courses in Hungary, e.g. International Bartok Seminar, and in Spain. From 2008 I work at the Istvan Szechenyi University Győr as well.
Since 2010 I am the leader of the cello and double-bass faculty of the Liszt Academy. In 2011 I made my doctorate. I lead courses and masterclasses in Hungary, in Germany in Italy and in Spain.
Since 2011 I am the head of the cello and double-bass faculty at the Liszt Acadermy. Since 2020, he has been working as a senior lecturer at Griffith University, Queensland Conservatorium in Australia.


A little small biography/introduction of this person. For the program booklet, we can put together a more detailed description of the person (as a keepsake for attendees as well :)


A little small biography/introduction of this person. For the program booklet, we can put together a more detailed description of the person (as a keepsake for attendees as well :)


A little small biography/introduction of this person. For the program booklet, we can put together a more detailed description of the person (as a keepsake for attendees as well :)