The Newcastle Conservatorium showcased its cutting-edge approach to tertiary music yesterday at a launch of the world-first International Space Time Concerto Competition.

Thanks to the creative use of internet technology, the competition will see finalists competing live from five different locations across the globe, with musicians from Newcastle, China, New Zealand, Austria and Singapore playing together.

Set for November 30 and December 2, the concerts highlight the Conservatorium’s ability to arm music students with internationally-competitive experiences to give them the confidence to take their careers into the digital and onto the world stage.

Chair and University of Newcastle Professor of Music Richard Vella said the International Space Time Concerto Competition aimed to highlight traditional and innovative forms of music-making, instrumental virtuosity and new ways to present music.

“The calibre of talent for the competition is incredibly high, and the concerts themselves will be history in the making.”

The brainchild of the University of Newcastle, the Space Time Concerto initiative is a creative collaboration with the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore, the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Waikato University in New Zealand and Ars Electronica/Bruckner University in Austria.

Tickets for the concerts at the Harold Lobb Concert Hall are available at Ticketek.

The concerts will also be screened in Civic Park.

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