Concerts Sans Frontières (CSF) is an exciting new concert series taking place in 2018 at the prestigious Australian Embassy in Paris. At our heart, we are a collective of internationally renowned classical musicians, coming together from all corners of the world to give classical music lovers rare and free access to remarkable concerts.
Beginning as a result of the international performing experiences and lives of Australian musicians overseas, the series aims to provide opportunities to showcase the artistic excellence of Australian artists and their international colleagues, creating and sharing inspiring chamber music with the people of Paris, and eventually world-wide.
Though usually closed to public events, the Australian Embassy in Paris has opened its doors to CSF to present two concerts in 2018, showcasing free 1-hour chamber music programs that aim to engage the broadest sectors of the local community. By presenting the concerts bilingually at the embassy, we aim to share the wonderful stories behind the music, and the remarkable connections between musicians on stage.
Join us for our two remarkable concerts in Paris in 2018, and beyond, as we journey around the world.
our artistic directors
Bonnie Brown & Michelle Wood
As a bilingual Australian expatriate living in France for the last 10 years, Artistic Director Bonnie Brown is uniquely positioned to bring together the world’ s finest local musicians in Paris, visiting Australian and international musicians to Europe, and established classical artists living in close European cities. Bonnie Brown spent her first year in Paris as Australian Artist in Residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts and is the recipient of over 20 internationally prestigious awards including the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship. As a concert pianist she has performed across Europe, Asia, North America and Australia (including Wigmore Hall London, Sydney Opera House, on Broadway in New York, among others), with Australia’s leading orchestras and on radio internationally.
Artistic Director Michelle Wood is a member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and an acclaimed chamber musician based in Melbourne, Australia. During 14 years as the founding cellist of the internationally acclaimed Tinalley String Quartet, she has toured to some of the finest concert halls in the world, including the Sydney Opera House, Berlin Konzerthaus, Concertgebouw, and Musikverein, and been winner of both the Asia-Pacific Chamber Music Competition, Banff International String Quartet Competition. She has also made appearances with the Australian String Quartet, Australia Ensemble, and in numerous festival appearances both in Australia and in Europe. As an orchestral musician she has had the honour of performing and touring internationally as part of the Australian World Orchestra for several seasons.