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Katarina Grobler & Modest Orchestra | Clara Schumann’s 200th Anniversary Concert

14 September 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm AEST

Tickets: General $43.29 | Student/child $27.46

2019 marks the 200th anniversary of nineteenth century German Romantic composer and pianist Clara Schumann. Widely recognised for her virtuosity as a performer, influential pedagogy as a teacher, and success as a female composer, the impact of Clara Schumann’s work within the Western musical canon has been immense. In September, Katarina Grobler and the Modest Orchestra will participate in worldwide celebrations of her 200th Birthday, with a program dedicated entirely to her works, honouring her accomplishments and influence. Inspired by Clara’s own practices to advance the concert format during her time, their vision is to create a one-of-a-kind event that will re-invent traditional formats into something accessible, enriching and engaging to a wider and contemporary audience.

Wider implications of the event

More specifically, Katarina Grobler and the Modest Orchestra aim to provide a concert experience that has both entertainment value and educational purpose. To contribute more meaningfully to a culture where female composers are often under-represented, their responsibility lies in constructing a holistic perception of Clara Schumann as both the ‘artist’ and the ‘woman’. They believe that by presenting this event in a new and innovative way, audiences will be able to gain a deeper understanding of the music and culture (both past and present) which surrounds it.

Through Katarina Grobler and the Modest Orchestra’s project, they also hope to increase the presence of youth within the Classical music industry and inspire other up-and-coming artists to lead the arts and cultural scene through their own unique ideas and events.


Katarina Grobler

Katarina Grobler is a young Australian pianist based in Sydney, with a passion for performing works by modern, contemporary and lesser known composers. She is an international artist, having given performances across Europe in Germany, Lithuania, Slovenia and Croatia, and in notable venues including solo performances at the Sydney Opera House.

Modest Orchestra

The ‘Modest Project’ is an initiative created by Panagiotis Karamanos, to give opportunities for students to play significant parts in a variety of orchestral contexts. Modest Orchestra perform a wide range of repertoire from staple works to new compositions. As an entirely student-run project, they strive to create an orchestra that prioritises the educational experience of being in a large ensemble. They also aim to foster their players through peer mentoring, careful repertoire selection, and effective rehearsal management. By combining these elements, the ultimate goal is to stage memorable and professional performances.



Sydney Conservatorium of Music: Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney
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Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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