Festival Artists

Drawing upon major international and Australian ensembles, including the Lyrebird Trio, The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, and the Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras - our Festival Artists are some of the world’s leading musicians.

Brendan Joyce is the Artistic Director of Camerata - Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra.  His leadership of Camerata was recently described by The Australian as "dynamic" and in Limelight as “indefatigable” and he frequently appears as soloist with the group, has led for milestones including its first recordings, tours, broadcasts, collaborations, and in acclaimed performances at the Brisbane Festival, Adelaide Festival, Tyalgum Festival, Darwin Festival, Qld Music Festival, Australian Festival of Chamber Music. Brendan curates Camerata's revered programming,and is an alumnus of the original version of Camerata that played to high critical acclaim 1987-1997.  

In demand as a leader and concertmaster, Brendan has played and guest led for the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, including as soloist in the premiere on period instruments of Max Richter’s Vivaldi Four Seasons Recomposed.  He has regularly led the Orchestra of the Antipodes in Sydney and during his youth orchestra days he led the Qld Youth Symphony and Australian Youth Orchestras.  Brendan has played as a guest player with the ACO and America’s Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra, and during 2011-2013 he performed the complete cycle of Bartok's iconic String Quartets as a member of the Kurilpa String Quartet.  He has appeared as a guest violinist with the Australian String Quartet.

Brendan attained a Doctor of Musical Arts in Violin Performance from The University of Maryland, USA, receiving awards there for his leadership of the Maryland Handel Festival Opera Orchestra, as well as for presentations and premieres of the music of twenty Australian composers.