Indelible masterpieces from four great Romantic composers.


Be transported into the vivid emotional worlds of the Romantics, with the mercurial joy of Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony, a glimpse of tragedy from Verdi’s La Traviata, and the exquisite tenderness of Dvořák’s rarely-performed Romance.

For his only piano concerto, Robert Schumann rewrote the rule book, bringing orchestra and soloist into a profound dialogue inspired by chamber music. To perform the concerto with MCO, we welcome Russian pianist Konstantin Shamray, winner of the 2008 Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia.


Explore & Discover

Concert Notes: Romance

Read the program notes for Romance and understand more of the background to the music in this extraordinary performance.

Musician’s view

We asked Emma Sullivan, who plays double bass with MCO, for her thoughts on our upcoming Romance program.

The Conversation: Shamray & Goldsworthy — Schumann’s Piano Concerto

Leading pianists Konstantin Shamray and Anna Goldsworthy talk about Schumann's Piano Concerto.

Konstantin Shamray with Robin Usher

Russian-born pianist Konstantin Shamray speaks with music journalist Robin Usher about his career in the decade after winning one of the world’s great piano competitions.

In the orchestra

Meet Natalia Harvey, one of the orchestral violists in Romance.

Explore the music on Spotify

Curious about the music we’ll be playing in Romance? We’ve put together a Spotify playlist with selected music. Have a listen! (Free Spotify account required.)

Listen: Shamray performs Schumann

Enjoy Konstantin Shamray’s live recording of Schumann’s Carnaval from the 2009 Ruhr Piano Festival at Spotify. Have a listen! (Free Spotify account required.)

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