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Genevieve Lacey and Erkki Veltheim


Genevieve Lacey creates multi-artform works, experienced in concert halls, public art, installation, film, theatre, dance, radio, TV, and the digital realm. Works include Breathing Space (sound installation for the National Museum of Australia), Bower (a gentle experience of music and light), and Recorder Queen (a semi-animated documentary film).

As a recorder virtuoso, Genevieve works as a soloist with Australian and international orchestras. She’s performed at the Lindau International Convention of Nobel Laureates, for Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey, as a concerto soloist in the Royal Albert Hall for BBC Proms, at the opening night of the London Jazz Festival and on a basketball court on Thursday Island with Australian indigenous ensemble The Black Arm Band.

She’s currently artistic director for Finding Our Voice, artistic advisor to UKARIA, and former AD of Musica Viva’s FutureMakers (2015-2019). She’s curated for LiveWorks (Performance Space 2020-22), Rising (2019-20), Adelaide Festival (2019), and Melbourne Recital Centre, as artist-in-residence (2018). She’s on the board of A New Approach, and former Chair of the Australian Music Centre (2016-21). She’s won ARIA, Helpmann and Green Room awards, Churchill, Freedman and Australia Council Fellowships, the Melbourne Prize for Music (Outstanding Musician Award), and the Sidney Myer Individual Performing Arts Award.


Erkki Veltheim is a Finnish-Australian composer/performer. Commissions include Adelaide Festival, Akademie der Künste Berlin, Australian Art Orchestra, Musica nova Helsinki, Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio (MESS), Sydney Symphony and Tura New Music. Performers of his works include defunensemble (Finland), Ensemble Adapter (Berlin), Genevieve Lacey, London Sinfonietta and Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Erkki composed the orchestral works for Gurrumul’s ‘Djarimirri’ (4 ARIA Awards, 2018 Australian Music Prize). His ROOM40 solo release ‘Ganzfeld Experiment’ was described by The Quietus as ‘an exquisite form of mysticism’. Other recent projects are creating the soundtrack for SBS series ‘The Australian Wars’ (dir. Rachel Perkins) and string arrangements for Laura Jean’s 2022 album ‘Amateurs’, which was shortlisted for the Australian Music Prize.

Cross-disciplinary works include Chamber Made Opera commissions ‘Another Other’ (co-created with Natasha Anderson/Sabina Maselli/Anthony Pateras) and ‘Diaspora’ (co-composed with Robin Fox), and Punctum commission ‘Fusion of Tongues’ for ‘Mons 2015 – European Capital of Culture’ festival. Erkki’s current close collaborators on multiple projects include Genevieve Lacey, Anthony Pateras and Scott Tinkler.

Erkki is a recipient the Melbourne Prize for Music ‘Distinguished Musicians Fellowship 2019’ and a 2013 Myer Creative Fellowship. He was an Artistic Associate of Chamber Made Opera between 2013-2016.


Read about Genevieve and Erkki’s work Consort of the Moon


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