The musician is executive producer of Australian International Productions, which presents more than 150 performances in China each year 

Chris Howlett

Cellist Chris Howlett in performance

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The Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) and Australian cellist Chris Howlett have launched a partnership aimed at creating opportunities for its artists in China and the Far East. The UK-based charity, which supports the early careers of talented musicians, hopes to strengthen its international connections and create a further benefit for its roster of artists.

Howlett is the founder and executive producer of Australian International Productions and Australian International Opera Company, which present more than 150 concerts in China per year. It is now Australia’s largest exporter of classical music to China. Howlett will also build on his existing relationship with YCAT as artistic director of the Australian Bendigo Chamber Music Festival and co-founder of the Australian Digital Concert Hall.

Alasdair Tait, YCAT’s chief executive and artistic director, said that Howlett ‘has always provided YCAT artists with some of their most rewarding and stimulating performing experiences. His connections in China and the Far East will, without doubt, prove invaluable in bringing YCAT artists to an even wider reach of audiences and touring opportunities, essential as they develop as international performers.’

‘It has been incredible to see these artists flourish under Alasdair and the team’s guidance and their performances at our festivals in Australia are always a highlight,’ said Howlett. ‘China and the Far East is without doubt one of the fastest growing markets in our industry and I am thrilled to be able to give the artists the opportunity to showcase their talents in mainland China and beyond.’


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