Poet of the Violin

A simple twist of fate


The wellbeing of you, our audience, along with our staff and musicians, remains of utmost importance.

Our international guest director and Baroque violinist Leila Schayegh (Basel) was scheduled to star in our upcoming Poet of the Violin concert series in September this year. 

Due to further restrictions and current health orders causing uncertainties for live performances, our planned concerts of Series 4 in Melbourne and Sydney with guest director and Baroque violinist Leila Schayegh (Basel) will be cancelled:

Series 4 - Poet of the Violin

Melbourne Recital Centre
Thursday 9 September 7:00PM - cancelled
Saturday 11 September 7:00PM - cancelled
Sunday 12 September 5:00PM - cancelled

City Recital Hall
Wednesday 15 September 7:00PM - cancelled
Friday 17 September 7:00PM - cancelled
Saturday 18 September 2:00PM - cancelled
Saturday 18 September 7:00PM - cancelled
Wednesday 22 September 7:00PM - cancelled
Friday 24 September 7:00PM - cancelled

We are currently working with Leila on a revised tour date for a future concert season as our commitment to ensuring the longevity and sustainability of the Brandenburg is stronger than ever. We thank you for your understanding and unwavering support during this time. 

Stay safe and stay tuned!

Paul Dyer AO
Artistic Director

Bruce Applebaum
Managing Director


Heartfelt Thanks: We do want you to know that we are committed to ensuring the longevity and sustainability of the Brandenburg, and we thank you for your patience, understanding and outstanding support during this time. 

Due to this ongoing uncertainty, this year still remains a significant challenge for the Brandenburg. If you would like to support us with a donation during these difficult times, please visit the page here.


Zelenka Hipocondrie à 7 Concertanti, ZWV 187
Leclair Violin Concerto in G minor, Op. 10 No. 6
Bach Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D major, BWV 1069 (early version)

Leila Schayegh (Basel) Guest Director, Baroque violin 
Australian Brandenburg Orchestra 

Expressive Swiss-Iranian Baroque violinist Leila Schayegh performs on an instrument made in Cremona in 1675 by legendary luthier and founder of Casa Guarneri, Andrea Guarneri.

In a simple twist of fate, the exceptionally promising then seven-year-old violin student saw the course of her musical life forever changed when she was offered the chance to become the custodian of an extremely rare instrument. Four centuries older than Leila herself, Santa Teresia has undergone several detailed restorations in Paris and has now been returned to its original Baroque configuration.

Leila’s performances are pure poetry and ring with the freedom of a master musician unrestrained by technical limitations. This dynamic musician’s arrival on Australian shores for the first time will be an unmissable season highlight for every music lover.

Leila Schayegh, Photo Credit: Marco Borggreve

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