"... a label of fragrant distinction"
The Melba Foundation was established to promote Australia’s finest classical musicians and artists in the national and international music world.
The appointed role of the foundation is to help the best contemporary Australian musicians, the Nellie Melbas and Joan Sutherlands of today, develop a profile and continue to build musical careers on an international stage.
The Melba Foundation was established in 2001, with founding benefactor Dame Elisabeth Murdoch and patrons Dame Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge.
The Melba Foundation funds the fine music label, Melba Recordings, to produce and distribute recordings that have earned accolades around the world.Highly regarded music producer, Maria Vandamme, is CEO of Melba Foundation and managing director of Melba Recordings.
During its first ten years Melba Recordings has supported and recorded several established Australian artists – including the conductors Richard Bonynge and Simone Young, and singers Cheryl Barker and Stuart Skelton – as well as an increasing number of emerging talents like tenor Steve Davislim, violinist Ray Chen, cellists Pei-Jee and Pei-San Ng, and many others.
An original catalogue has been enriched by inaugural recordings of music by Saint-Saëns, Vierne and Chausson, and striking new interpretations of Bach, Mozart, Schubert and Britten using many of the best Australian artists and technicians.The specialist catalogue gives Melba Recordings an extra standing on the world stage.
In 2004, the Federal Government awarded the Melba Foundation a five-year grant of $5 million and in 2009, a three-year grant of $2.25 million, to produce high-quality music recordings that showcase Australian artists on the world classical music stage.
The Melba Foundation produces, records, distributes and markets over 50 CD recordings. The catalogue includes world premiere recordings designed specifically to interest the international market.
The Melba Foundation is taking Australian music culture to the world and creating a legacy for future Australians. The beneficiaries of this initiative are Australia’s musicians, artists, orchestras and performing arts organisations.
Last modified 27th Feb 2012