A 90th birthday we missed

A 90th birthday we missed


norman lebrecht

December 26, 2017

In 1948, at the start of Australia’s Musica Viva – the country’s chamber music circuit – the first pianist who took music to the outback was Maureen Jones, home bred and brilliant in every way.

Maureen has played a Beethoven concerto with the Sydney Symphony when she was 10 and attended the Conservatorium alongside Charles Mackerras and Barry Tuckwell.

She stayed with Musica Viva for two years before moving to Italy where she married, successively, the pianist and the cellist of the Trio de Trieste. She gave a performance in Trieste on her 90th birthday in June.

We wish Maureen many more years of happy achievement.



  • JohnofOz says:

    Sure I missed her 90th, but my (now deceased) parents spoke often of her playing. So she is certainly not forgotten by many. See also http://insidestory.org.au/the-destiny-of-eileen-joyce/