Six Piano Collective present

New Sounds, New Spaces, Old Pianos  



The Six Piano Collective in partnership with The Plus Ones present the Six Piano Project.

The Six Piano Project brings you a unforgettable night of new music composed for up to six old pianos in a surround sound experience. Inspired by Australian composer Ross Bolletter's work 'Ruined Pianos', audiences are invited to engage in an immersive performance experience that bring life back into these beautiful old instruments. 

For this event artistic director Kitty Xiao (Nimbus Trio, Six Piano Collective), ABC Pianos and Carnegie's Piano Service have teamed up to adopt old, abandoned pianos for a night of musical performances featuring new works by Melbourne composer Elliot Hughes, Carolyn Schofield, Lewis Ingham, Kitty Xiao and an Australian debut by U.S Austin composer Nathan Felix. All works will be performed by the Six Piano Collective and led by conductor Laura Barton.

The Six Piano Project was first explored by Felix in his work 'The Sixth Piano', premiered in Austin, San Antonio and earlier this year in Barcelona. The project centres on composing and performing music on old, used pianos. This is a diverse and uncommon artistic practice as many of these old pianos are seen as unusable, useless. The event challenges this conception and embraces the individuality of these old instruments. Rather than hiding their age, composers are encouraged to write music that highlight the unique characteristics of each piano. The event is an artistic challenge for both composers and performers and raises awareness of cultural diversity, inclusion and underlying attitudes that exist within our disposable culture.

Images from The Piano Graveyard (Wambyn Olive Grove in Western Australia) by Australian photographer Ken Brass will be displayed for audience to explore before, during and after the performance. 

Following the concert, the pianos will be donated to Art Centre’s ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’. 2018 street piano project.

Bar provided by Melbourne's own Two Birds Brewing.

Early Bird Adult: $25
Early Bird Concession: $15

Adult: $30
Concession: $20

The Six Piano Collective are Melbourne pianists Natasha Lin, Uri Barak, Adam McMilan, Julia Hastings, Rosie Riebl, Grace Ferguson and Kitty Xiao.

Thanks to our partners The Plus Ones, ABC Pianos, Carnegie's Piano Service and Two Birds Brewing.

Six Piano Project acknowledges that this event takes place on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present. We acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded.