Aura Go is an Australian pianist whose practice encompasses performance, collaboration, curation, education and artistic research. She performs across the globe, as soloist in concertos from J.S. Bach to Sofia Gubaidulina, as recitalist and chamber musician in programs that interweave old and new music, and as creative collaborator in the development of new music and multi-artform projects. In recent reasons, Aura has worked as concerto soloist with orchestras such as the Melbourne, Adelaide and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, Tapiola Sinfonietta, the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria. Aura has performed at international festivals including the Edinburgh Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, PianoEspoo, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Metropolis Festival, and the Musica Viva Festival.
With pianist Tomoe Kawabata, Aura is a member of the acclaimed KIAZMA Piano Duo. Their CD Five Rocks in a Japanese Garden features first recordings of four-hand and two-piano works by significant Japanese composers. Other projects include a reimagining of JS Bach’s The Art of Fugue for two pianists, a new interdisciplinary work One Space One, and the commissioning of new work, most recently Holly Harrison’s Crunch (2021). Aura also enjoys regular collaboration with cellist Timo-Veikko Valve (Australian Chamber Orchestra), with whom she has curated and presented recitals across Australia. Recently, Aura took a leading role as pianist-actor in the filmed stage adaptation of Paul Kildea's book 'Chopin's Piano', directed and co-written by Richard Pyros. Chopin’s Piano will tour nationally for Musica Viva Australia in 2023.
Aura is an advocate for new music and regularly collaborates with composers. World premieres to her credit include works by Australian composers Lisa Illean, Holly Harrison, Gordon Kerry, Ian Munro, Kate Neal and Cat Hope, as well as Tiina Myllärinen (Finland), Christopher Cerrone (USA), Garth Neustadter (USA) and Ye Xiaogang (China).
Aura is currently Head of Piano at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and Performance at Monash University. A passionate educator, she has been 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). She has coached chamber music at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and the Australian Youth Orchestra. Following studies at the Victorian College of the Arts and the Australian National Academy of Music, Aura completed her Master of Music at the Yale School of Music. Aura received her doctorate from the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki, where her artistic research drew on the acting methodology of Michael Chekhov to explore the embodied imagination, creativity, and collaboration in music performance.