NEWCASTLE Conservatory of Music student Ben Lambert has made his international performance debut, without stepping outside his own city.
The 20-year-old violin player is among a number of university students who are using the latest computer technology to play simultaneously with fellow students in China, Singapore, New Zealand and Austria.
Yesterday he performed a piece with two Chinese students, who were playing at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, for the launch of the International Space Time Concerto Competition.
"This sort of thing has incredible appeal, especially once the technology keeps progressing and we have no time delays at all," Mr Lambert said.
"You can turn on a computer in the morning and play with someone in America. Forming an international orchestra could be an incredible experience."
The International Space Time Concerto Competition enables Australian and overseas students to compete for a $50,000 prize pool and play live with overseas students via the internet.
Newcastle University will show the new technology with a concert titled Around the World in 80 Milliseconds on Friday November 30 at the Harold Lobb Concert Hall.
To celebrate this display of musical innovation and 60 years of the Newcastle Conservatorium, music lovers, who do not purchase tickets to the conservatorium concert, will nevertheless be able to watch a free broadcast in Civic Park.