The Sound Of Art

The Sound Of Art


Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin performed 10 world premiere musical sketches created in response to the paintings of two iconic Australian artists Margaret Olley AC (1923-2011) and William Robinson AO.

This intimate concert at the William Robinson Gallery also featured performances by the exquisite Orava Quartet and Katie Noonan. An exhibition of selected paintings by Margaret Olley and a newly curated William Robinson exhibition were also on display at the venue, with images of the works that inspired Kats-Chernin’s improvisations projected throughout the performance in a unique and beautiful collision of music and art.

In the week leading up to the concert, Kats-Chernin sketched and composed her improvisations as composer-in-residence at the art-inspired hotel, The Johnson. Kats-Chernin also lead two masterclasses, providing a unique opportunity for composition students to watch her creative process.

The Sound Of Art  was presented by Queensland Music Festival and Brisbane City Council.

Brisbane City Council

Major Partner

Margaret Olley Art Trust


Gold Partners

Philip Bacon Galleries  william robinson        TheJohnson-Partnership-logo-Type.pdf


Bronze Partner

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2pm Sunday 16 July
The William Robinson Gallery
Old Government House, QUT

In Conversation with Elena Kats-Chernin
12pm Wednesday 12 July
The Johnson Hotel

In Conversation with Elena Kats-Chernin
12pm Friday 14 July
Old Government House

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