Trailblazers with Muses Trio and Vulcana Women’s Circus, an intimate chamber music concert with a signature circus collaborative piece. Muses Trio with guest circus artists Bianca Mackail and Mayu Muto, directed by Celia White AD of Vulcana Women’s Circus offers adventurous audiences a secret glimpse into the current lives and processes of women in the current classical music industry. Experience a chamber music concert with a signature circus piece – the beginning of an exciting new show between Muses Trio and Vulcana Women’s Circus.

Muses Trio present seven leading women composers forging ahead in their field representing the strength, vitality and diversity of contemporary composition across the globe. The majority of these works will receive their Queensland Premiere performance at this event. The concert explores ways to deepen audience engagement and understanding of what it is to be a composer and a creative woman.

Featured Composers

Snowy Landscape

Written for Trio Morisot, Snowy Landscape was inspired by Berthe Morisot’s 1880 impressionistic watercolor “Paysgae de neige”. The music depicts the icy and bleak scenery with harmonics on the strings and bare open fifths on the piano at the beginning. The violin and cello enter with expressive lyrical melodic lines on top of a chain of broken figurations of the piano, which turns into a more rhythmic, chordal, tense and passionate middle section, which is later followed by a melancholic passage bringing back the opening icy and bleak mood.


Spinning Top, Nicole Murphy  (AUS)

Flash of Ravel, Jean Ahn (Korea/US)

Beside the Lade at Taize, Gila Carcas (UK)

Anregun, Christine McCombe (AUS)

Surface II, Nicole Murphy (AUS)

Snowy Landscape, Joyce Wai-Chung Tang (HK)

Aphrodite Urania / Aphrodite Pandemos, Emma Wilde (UK)

Cockatoos in the Pine Plantation, Hilary Kleinig (AUS)