Maestro Lunch with Ainars Rubikis

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The importance and life-long positive impact of music education on overall learning, wellbeing and childhood development is a well known fact. One such result of this is in the young Latvian conductor, Ainars Rubikis. Hailing from a small country with a huge cultural legacy in music and music education, Maestro Rubikis, who recently made his Australian debut at the MSO’s first two Sidney Myer Bowl Concerts, spent an afternoon with our top 60 Education Supporters.

Following on from the success of MSO’s inaugural Maestro Lunch in 2012 with Diego Matheuz, a glorious sunny day allowed perfect conditions for our guests to witness the orchestra in their final rehearsal with Maestro Rubikis at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, before sitting down to a two-course lunch. MSO’s Managing Director, André Gremillet, spoke of the MSO’s ongoing commitment to providing high-quality, high-impact music education programs and activities and the importance and positive difference music education can have on young developing minds. During the lunch, MSO’s Education manager, Bronwyn Lobb, interviewed Maestro Rubikis about his own personal music education experience – an education for which Latvia is famous – and the influence, opportunities and pathways it has created for him.

Also present at the lunch was MSO’s Education and Community Outreach Patron, Mrs Elizabeth Chernov, piano soloist Alexey Yemtsov, and MSO musicians Kirstin Kenny (First violin), Christine Turpin ( Principal Timpani) and Stephen Newton (Double Bass), allowing guests to learn first-hand valuable insights into the world of a professional musician.

The MSO would like to thank all its education supporters for their ongoing commitment and involvement in the MSO’s education activities.
For information on MSO’s wide range of education initiatives, or to learn how you can help support this vital work, please contact Cameron Mowat, Director of Development, on (03) 9626 1246, or