CELEBRATING 26 YEARS
OF CHAMBER MUSIC
Southern Cross Soloists are the stars of Australian chamber music. Since 1995, SXS have firmly established themselves as one of Australia’s pre-eminent classical music ensembles. In 2022, SXS will deliver a program of intoxicating virtuosity in its 13th QPAC Concert Series as a Company in Residence at QPAC.
Championing chamber music globally and nationally, SXS, in its 27th year of excellence in music making, continue to reach new heights working with Australia’s and, the world’s, most virtuosic musicians and notable composers, as the ensemble continues to gain broad notoriety with enthralled audiences.
Composed of leading virtuosic soloists from across Australia, SXS creates and performs dynamic, unique, and world-class musical experiences for audiences of all ages. In 2022, SXS welcomes Didgeridoo soloist Chris Williams to continue as SXS’s permanent Artist in Residence and enthusiastically welcomed world-acclaimed, award-winning super-star pianist Konstantin Shamray as 2022 SXS Artist in Residence.
Our 2022 QPAC Concert Season explores virtuosity and passion: two key ingredients that make music so hypnotic and thrilling. All the programs feature musical masterpieces of great beauty and wildly exuberant drama that appeal to the heart of the listener at the deepest level. Each concert
showcases the extraordinary virtuosic abilities of the principal musicians of SXS and our 2022 guest artists.
We are very excited to welcome our 2022 Artist in Residence, acclaimed Russian-Australian concert pianist Konstantin Shamray, who wowed us in October 2021 with his incredible artistry. Each program in the series will
feature a bravura piano concerto, including the most popular concertos of the twentieth century by Prokofiev and Shostakovich as well as Chopin’s stunningly beautiful Second Piano Concerto. We also welcome Australian cello virtuoso Richard Narroway in our October program to perform Tchaikovsky’s cello showpiece Pezzo
2022 marks the launch of an exciting new SXS initiative: the SXS Didgeridoo Commissioning Project. Featuring SXS Didgeridoo soloist Chris Williams, this multi-season project for commissioning and presenting
new chamber music works for Didgeridoo and SXS will create a new canon of works with a quintessentially unique Australian flavour. This year we are featuring three Australian composers, two from Queensland (Sean
O’Boyle AM and Catherine Likhuta) and Australian born/Los Angeles based composer Leah Curtis.
The 2022 program has also been carefully crafted to showcase the outstanding soloist capabilities of each Principal Artist of Southern Cross Soloists, who are all virtuosos. We are excited to welcome back our wonderful interstate SXS musicians, clarinettist Ashley Smith and violist James Wannan who will both be featured in our first concert in February. We would like to thank QPAC for their immense support for Southern Cross Soloists as a Company in Residence and the opportunity to continue performing in their world-class Concert Hall. I hope you can all join us for a thrilling 2022 concert season, from the picturesque to the passionate.