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Biography

Aura Go is an Australian pianist whose curiosity, versatility and diverse musical interests have taken her across the globe, seeing her work in many different roles and contexts. She has been soloist in concertos ranging from Bach to Gubaidulina, has directed concertos and large-scale collaborative works from the keyboard, is a passionate advocate for new and underrepresented music, and brings her imagination and adventurous spirit to older music with a special affinity with the music of Mozart and Beethoven.

Collaboration is a central part of Aura’s musical life.  She enjoys a longstanding partnership with Japanese pianist Tomoe Kawabata as the KIAZMA Piano Duo. KIAZMA has presented regular concert series at the Melbourne Recital Centre since 2016, a regional tour in 2018 and has undertaken ambitious projects such as a new take on J.S. Bach’s The Art of Fugue. Their CD, Five Rocks in a Japanese Garden, features first recordings of works by significant Japanese composers. As performer-composers, the duo is developing a large-scale work in collaboration with acclaimed dancer/choreographer Kristina Chan and director/designer Clare Britton. In Finland, Aura enjoys a regular musical partnership with mezzo-soprano Erica Back, with whom she has created and performed dramatized recitals that explore women’s stories and creativity.

A frequent artist at international music festivals, Aura has performed at the Melbourne International Arts Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Metropolis New Music Festival, Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Huntington Estate Music Festival, Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Rauma Festivo, PianoEspoo Festival among others. As a performer/educator, she has been a visiting artist at the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas (USA) the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus (Denmark) and the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz (Poland). She has taught piano at Yale College (USA) and the Sibelius Academy (Finland). From 2020, Aura is lecturer and Coordinator of Piano at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University.

Aura is dedicated to the performance of Australian music and has performed works of Liza Lim, Miriama Young, Kate Neal, Andrew Ford, Ian Munro, Larry Sitsky, Carl Vine, Elena Kats-Chernin, Katy Abbott, Ross Edwards, Connor D’Netto, Gordon Kerry, Helen Gifford and James Rushford among others. In Finland, Aura became a sought-after performer of Finnish works. She made numerous recordings for the Finnish Broadcasting Corporation, performed the neglected Merikanto Piano Concerto No. 3  with the Tapiola Sinfonietta in 2017, and performed concerts across the Nordic region with works of Rautavaara, Salonen, Lindberg, Saariaho, Myllärinen, Sallinen, Raitio, Sibelius, Melartin and Madetoja among others.

Aura completed her early musical studies in Melbourne at the Victorian College of the Arts and the Australian National Academy of Music. Following postgraduate studies at the Yale School of Music, Aura was based in Helsinki for seven years and is a doctoral candidate at the Sibelius Academy. Her artistic research addresses the aspect of creativity in classical music performance, drawing on the psycho-physical approach of actor Michael Chekhov and exploring ways in which musicians can achieve a more open, spontaneous creative state in performance. Aura’s overseas studies have been generously supported by the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship, the Michael Kieran Harvey Scholarship, the Wihuri Foundation and the Finnish Cultural Foundation. Her principal teachers have included Max Cooke and Ian Munro (Australia), Peter Frankl (USA) and Erik T. Tawaststjerna (Finland). In 2018-19 Aura was a Musica Viva FutureMakers Artist.

Education/Academic qualification

Music Performance (piano), Bachelor of Music, Victorian College of the Arts

Music Performance (piano), Master of Music, Yale University

Research area keywords

  • Music Performance
  • Curation
  • Collaborative Performance
  • Creativity
  • Practice-led Research
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