Musician Jonathon Heilbron was supported in 2018 to undergo a four-week intensive mentorship, research, study and networking period in Oslo, Trondheim and Berlin. Here he reflects on the experience and the creative partnerships that have flourished from it.
The opportunity to work with Brett Dean was a long time in the making. I’ve always been a big admirer of Brett’s, both as an instrumentalist and composer. Back in 2011 when I was studying viola at university a friend introduced me to Brett’s wife Heather at interval of a concert that included Brett playing his viola concerto, and we got chatting and I mentioned that I was performing Brett’s work Intimate Decisions for solo viola in a few weeks. Brett caught wind of this and about a week later I found myself at his house in Melbourne, and for a few hours we worked on the piece.