Scattolin, Kennedy & Vains bring Italian Virtuoso to the Kew Court House stage

In a union showcasing the signature tradition of the guitar and strings, Italian Virtuoso! comes to the Kew Court House on Saturday 3 March. Bringing together the expertise of acclaimed guitarist Massimo Scattolin, prominent Melbourne violinist Erica Kennedy, and established chamber cellist Josephine Vains, audiences can expect an intimate display of Italian virtuoso that cultivates 19th century European pieces from Vivaldi and Paganini.

Massimo Scattolin is described as one of the best guitarists of our time. His career began as a soloist and since then he has developed chamber music and orchestral activities to include some of the best-known concertos for guitar and orchestra. Massimo is also a founder of the Paganini Consort and Guitarland ensembles and has performed worldwide.

Well-known to classical enthusiasts, Erica Kennedy has performed regularly throughout Australia and overseas including residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada and tours in the UK, Sweden, Switzerland and Singapore. The Melbourne violinist was the founding first violinist with the Flinders Quartet and is the winner of the Hepzibah Menuhin Award for Strings.

Intrepid cellist Josephine Vains is well-known to Australian audiences as a chamber musician and educator. A multi-faceted career has taken her to concert stages throughout Europe, North America, Asia, the Caribbean and Australia and includes performances with a number of award- winning chamber ensembles and orchestras.

Josephine said, “Erica and I have collaborated with Massimo many times over the years, and it’s always a real pleasure because he’s such a world-class guitarist in the Italian virtuoso tradition, and even more importantly, a good human who brings playfulness to the rehearsals and on stage. We really love making music together, for a start it is always fun exploring Massimo’s most entertaining world of Italian guitar repertoire.”

Highlights of the performance include Massimo recreating the brilliance of Paganini’s oeuvre with the Terzetto in D major, the Cantabile Op.17 and his Sonata in A from the historic Centone collection. This special night at the historic Kew Court House is an intimate affair not to be missed.

The Kew Court House is a small performing arts venue presenting some of Australia’s most exciting artists. A former courthouse and police station, the heritage-listed building presents one-of-a-kind experiences that music lovers won’t get anywhere else in Melbourne.


Scattolin, Kennedy & Vains: Italian Virtuoso!
Kew Court House
188 High St, Kew
Saturday 3 March, 8pm
Tickets: $29 / $25 concession