The Co-Directors

Chris Howlett and Adele Schonhardt lead this social enterprise, combining decades of experience in performance, artistic planning, broadcasting and arts management to support their colleagues and the arts industry.

Chris Howlett

As a cellist Chris  Howlett focuses  on chamber music performances with the trio as well as duo performances of the cello Sonata repertoire with close friends.  He performs regularly at a number of Australian festivals and has performed concertos around the world.  Chris has also performed concerti with both symphonic and chamber orchestras in Milan, Rome, Paris, Estonia and Melbourne and has been a finalist and prize winner at a number of chamber music competitions including the prestigious Trio di Trieste International Competition, the Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition and The Hamburg International Chamber Music Competition.

As well as being an active cellist and running Sanguine Estate Music Festival, Chris is Artistic Director of the Abbotsford Convent Foundation’s Music in the Round, which has re-established itself as one of Melbourne’s leading boutique festivals and he is also the Artistic Curator of the 3MBS Fine Music’s yearly Marathon bringing together over 80 musicians and 200 volunteers to raise money for 3MBS and present 14 hours of concerts in one single day.

He is founder and Executive Producer of Australian International Productions and Australian International Opera Company which presents over 150 concerts in China per year including Opera, Orchestral, Drama, Recital and Music Theatre. It is now Australia’s largest exporter of classical music to China.   He is also Chairman of PATMA Educational Concerts.

Adele Schonhardt

Adele Schonhardt has spent 20 years connecting people through music – a skill honed working in arts marketing and corporate PR in Australia, Germany and the USA.

Most recently Media & Public Affairs Manager at Musica Viva Australia, her mission to amplify creative impact through good business practice has taken her from Germany’s largest opera house in Baden-Baden to the League of American Orchestras in New York.

A graduate of the Melbourne Conservatorium, she completed an Executive MBA at the Australian Graduate School of Management (UNSW) in 2018. In her spare time, she’s Chair of the Board at 3MBS Fine Music Melbourne, where she works to strengthen the local arts community.