Australian pianist Aura Go enjoys an active and multifaceted musical life, performing as a soloist, chamber musician, lied pianist and conductor. Recognized for her imaginative and compelling performances, Aura has been soloist in concertos ranging from Bach to Schnittke, and appeared at international music festivals including the Melbourne International Arts Festival, Metropolis New Music Festival, Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival and Edinburgh Festival. Marking the beginning of her ongoing interest in Finnish music, Aura gave the first Australian performances of Rautavaara’s first and second piano concertos with the Melbourne and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras in 2002 and 2003. Recent highlights include performing as soloist with the Tapiola Sinfonietta in Aarre Merikanto’s third piano concerto for the 2017 PianoEspoo Festival, solo and chamber performances at the Kuhmo and Kauniainen music festivals and recitals in Denmark, Poland, Italy, the USA and Australia. Upcoming highlights in 2018 include her recital debut at the Sydney Opera House and being guest artist at the Huntington Music Festival in Australia and Rauma Festivo in Finland. In 2018-19, Aura is a Musica Viva FutureMakers artist.
As a member of the KIAZMA Piano Duo with Japanese pianist Tomoe Kawabata, Aura has released her first CD Five Rocks in a Japanese Garden, which features first recordings of works for two pianos and piano duet by five prolific Japanese composers. The duo has performed at the Metropolis New Music Festival and Peninsula Summer Music Festival, and this year presents concerts for the Melbourne Recital Centre Southbank Series and undertakes its first regional Australian tour as ANAM Artists. In Finland, Aura enjoys a regular collaboration with Finnish-Swedish mezzo-soprano Erica Back.
A keen advocate of new music, Aura enjoys collaborating with composers and has presented numerous world premieres of works by Gordon Kerry, James Rushford, Katy Abbott, Garth Neustadter, Tiina Myllärinen and Kate Neal, among others. Her work as conductor/pianist for the premiere of Neal’s large-scale multidisciplinary work Semaphore was awarded Best Instrumental Performance at the 2016 Australian Art Music Awards.
Aura has taught piano at Yale College (USA) and the Sibelius Academy (Finland) and coached chamber music at the University Of Melbourne Conservatorium Of Music. 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). In 2018-19, Aura is an associate at Monash University.
Aura completed her early musical training in Australia at the Victorian College of the Arts, followed by performance studies at the Australian National Academy of Music. In 2011 she attained her Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music, and is now a doctoral candidate at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. 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 when practicing and performing. Her principal teachers have included Max Cooke and Ian Munro (Australia), Peter Frankl (USA) and Erik T. Tawaststjerna (Finland).