Aura Go is an Australian pianist whose practice encompasses performance, collaboration, curation, education and creative practice research. Her curiosity and diverse musical interests have taken her across the globe. As a performer, Aura has been soloist in concertos from Bach to Gubaidulina, has directed concertos and large-scale collaborative works from the keyboard, is a passionate advocate for new and underrepresented music, and brings her imagination and adventurous spirit to older music with a special affinity with the music of Mozart and Beethoven. A frequent artist at international music festivals, Aura has performed at the Melbourne International Arts Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Metropolis New Music Festival, Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Huntington Estate Music Festival, Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Rauma Festivo and PianoEspoo Festival, among others.
Collaboration is central to Aura’s practice. As a member of the KIAZMA Piano Duo with long-time duo partner and friend Tomoe Kawabata, she has curated and presented regular concert series in and around Melbourne since 2016, and has devised projects such as a reimagining of J.S. Bach’s The Art of Fugue for piano duo. KIAZMA’s first CD, Five Rocks in a Japanese Garden, features premiere recordings of works by significant Japanese composers. As performer-composers, the duo is developing a large-scale collaborative work with leading Australian artists Clare Britton (director/designer), Kristina Chan (choreographer) and Madeleine Flynn (musical dramaturge). In Finland, Aura enjoys a musical partnership with mezzo-soprano Erica Back, with whom she has devised and performed dramatized recitals that explore women’s stories and creativity.
Aura is lecturer and Coordinator of Piano at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and Performance at Monash University. A passionate educator, 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). She has taught piano at Yale College (USA) and the Sibelius Academy (Finland).
Aura is dedicated to the performance of Australian music and has performed works of Liza Lim, Miriama Young, Kate Neal, Andrew Ford, Ian Munro, Larry Sitsky, Carl Vine, Elena Kats-Chernin, Katy Abbott, Ross Edwards, Connor D’Netto, Gordon Kerry, Helen Gifford and James Rushford among others. In Finland, Aura became a sought-after performer of Finnish works. She made numerous recordings for the Finnish Broadcasting Corporation, performed the neglected Merikanto Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Tapiola Sinfonietta in 2017, and performed concerts across the Nordic region with works of Rautavaara, Salonen, Lindberg, Saariaho, Myllärinen, Sallinen, Raitio, Sibelius, Melartin and Madetoja among others.
Aura completed her early musical studies in Melbourne at the Victorian College of the Arts and the Australian National Academy of Music. Following postgraduate studies at the Yale School of Music, Aura was based in Helsinki for seven years and is a doctoral candidate at the Sibelius Academy. Her artistic research addresses imagination and creativity in classical music performance, applying the psychophysical work of Michael Chekhov to solo and collaborative musical practice. In 2018-19 Aura was a Musica Viva FutureMakers Artist.