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Out West Piano Fest returns to Bathurst this Spring for another weekend of world-class piano accompanied by some of the region’s best food and wines.

In its third year, the festival (25–27 October) takes place at Blackdown Farm, the beautiful 17-acre estate just outside of Bathurst formerly owned (and impressively restored) by Australian artist Tim Storrier.

Curated by pianist and festival Music Director Konstantin Shamray, the event will present five themed concerts featuring leading Australian pianists Lee Dionne, Vatche Jambazian and Grace Kim, who will join Shamray to showcase works by Mendelssohn (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Stravinsky (his Firebird Suite), Chopin, Liszt, Bach, Schumann, Mussorgsky and Prokofiev. Two superb concert grand pianos are being imported for the event and all concerts feature allocated seating.

Shamray regularly performs at international level with the world’s leading orchestras and concerts. Dionne shares his time between the US and Australia. Jambazian was awarded the Fine Music Station (2MBS) Young Performer of the Year (NSW) and in 2015 was a finalist in the ABC Young Performer of the Year. Grace Kim is a Churchill Fellow concert pianist, as well as an Artistic Director and music educator.

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Konstantin Shamray. Photo supplied

“Being Music Director of this year’s Out West Piano Fest has given me freedom to create, with my wonderful collaborative pianists, an emotive and diverse program,” says Shamray. “The location and the timing of the festival, as well as the personalities of each performer, inspired some of the repertoire choices.”

Festivities kick off on Friday 25 May with welcome drinks and a sunset dinner in Blackdown Farm’s lovely olive grove. Over the weekend, dining experiences will be themed to match the musical program, with all meals crafted from locally sourced ingredients and matched with regional wines.

A musical Saturday features three concerts and an exquisite long table lunch under the crabapple tree blossoms in full Spring bloom.

Sunday concludes with two more concerts and a languorous sit-down farewell lunch.


Out West Piano Fest, 25–27 October 2024. Early-bird packages are on sale now.

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