Performance to watch at home

During the long lockdowns of 2020 and 2021, many of us began to watch concerts online either livestreamed or video recordings to make up for the lack of live concerts.

But now we’re out of lockdown, this section of the website will focus on new recordings by Victorian ensembles, particularly when the recordings are of new music, and especially if it’s a Victorian composer.

The earlier concert videos are still there too for you to enjoy.

Calm – Trio for Flute, Violin and Harp by Michael Bakrnčev

Melbourne composer Michael Bakrnčev has just released a new single – a recording of his trio Calm for flute, violin and harp.

It’s a beautiful work and if you need calming then listen while watching the lovely video that goes with it.

If you want to add it to one of your playlists click below for links to Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music and more. Or download from iTunes.

Continuo Composer 2022 – Kym Dillon

We’re delighted to announce that the Continuo Composer for 2022 is Kym Dillon.

We would like to thank our esteemed panel Zoe Knighton, Euan Murdoch and Prof. Linda Kouvaras for their time and incredibly thoughtful consideration of each submission. The Panel were very impressed by the quality of the submissions we received and felt that all of the proposals were worthy of consideration.

We would also like to acknowledge the pioneering support of our first Continuo Commissioning Circle. Their generosity will provide Kym with a wonderful opportunity to continue developing her craft, weaving a new work in collaboration with chamber ensemble “Croissants & Whiskey”.

About Kym Dillon

Kym Dillon has a Bachelor of Music Performance from the University of Melbourne, and is currently studying for her Masters of Music Research (Composition), also at the University of Melbourne. Kym has composed chamber works for the Forest Collective and for the Sonus Ensemble.

You can read more about Kym’s background in the Composers section of our Who’s Who.

About the Commission

Here’s what Kym wrote in her winning submission:

My intention in submitting this application is to collaborate with the ensemble ‘Croissants & Whiskey’, a quartet comprising of Joy Lee (harpsichord), Ryan Williams (recorders), Katie Yap (baroque viola) and Miranda Hill (G Violone).

Over the last few years I have fallen in love with writing long-form chamber works, drawn in by the unparalleled sense of intimacy and communication that this genre affords. So far these works have all been for relatively common combinations, with my never before having composed for an ensemble of early/baroque instruments.

Collaborating with and composing for Croissants & Whiskey would offer me a unique opportunity to explore these older instruments and sounds, piecing together a language and story that can speak to contemporary audiences both familiar and unfamiliar with classical music. I love finding sonic links between instruments, finding ways to not only celebrate their individual natures but discover the unique worlds that can be created when they are combined.

Our first Commissioning Circle is complete!

If you had a plan to join but hadn’t quite got around to it, then don’t despair. We will be back next year (if not before) with another opportunity for our supporters to join in a commissioning project.

In the meantime you can contribute to the Continuo project by becoming a financial member for a mere $45 a year. Your annual fee helps to cover the operating costs of the Continuo Community.

Stay with us!

Flinders Quartet launch FQ Digital

FQ Digital allows you to experience great music at any time

There is free content with a back catalogue of Flinders Quartet performances as well as content exclusive to our FQ Digital Subscribers.

An annual subscription ($50) includes:

  • Exclusive streamed concerts available on demand for up to 12 months
  • Premiere screenings of concerts
  • A curated experience to help guide your exploration of composers, specific works and performers
  • Interviews with composers and performers<

Melbourne Recital Centre: Latest FREE digital season is here!

Enjoy sounds from Australia’s best artists, recorded live from Melbourne Recital Centre.

Immerse yourself in the sounds of the Australian bush and beyond as Trio Avium celebrates the beauty of birdsong, or travel through Italy as virtuoso pianist Stephen McIntyre plays some of his favourite Italian pieces.

Watch Nat Bartsch premiere her new work The Glasshouse alongside her friends Inventi Ensemble, and enjoy the meditative and ancient beauty of Sixteen Alleluias performed by Nick Tsiavos and Adam Simmons.

All performances are FREE to watch and streaming now.

ASQ Festival in Dunkeld

The Australian String Quartet have slipped across the border from South Australia to play two festivals in Dunkeld with guest pianist Laurence Matheson, from 1-5 April. 

We haven’t put the concerts into What’s On because they are booked out. But if the idea of food, wine, chamber music and Grampians scenery appeals, then you might like to read more about it and make a note to watch out for a repeat next year.

The ASQ are also performing in Melbourne at the MRC on 26 April.

Affinity Quartet is in London

The Affinity Quartet is one of ten quartets competing in the 2022 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition. The members of Affinity have just reunited in London for rehearsals. 

Affinity Quartet’s two Preliminary Recitals are: 
11am Tue Apr 5 – Works by Mozart and Janacek. 
1:30pm Thu Apr 7 – Works by Haydn and Beamish [live-streamed from Wigmore Hall].

Affinity would love you to visit Wigmore Hall’s website to sign up for the Round Two live-stream, which will be early hours of Friday April 8 for Melbourne/Sydney.

Affinity Quartet also performs two additional London recitals: 

7:30pm Thu Mar 31 Music at 22 Mansfield St for the Boas Trust. 
1:10pm Wed Apr 6 St James Piccadilly Lunchtime Concert – also live-streamed.

 

Following the competition, Affinity Quartet is one of 4 groups accepted into a ProQuartet Course on the Interpretation of Chamber Music.

Australian Festival of Chamber Music

Yes, we know that Townsville isn’t in Victoria. But we also know how many Victorians go north in winter to mix some sun with wonderful chamber music performances. So we thought we’d mention that bookings are now open, because it’s usually a sellout.

Click on the logo for more information.

Townsville, Queensland.
29 July to 07 August 2022

Partridge or Phoenix?

Continuo is the Concert Champion for the up-coming Musica Viva concert on 5 March. We asked the performers, the Partridge Quartet, what was in a name, and here’s what they told us…

“Partridge formed in 2016 back when we met as students at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). We began as a string quintet, assigned to play none other than Schubert’s C Major Quintet with two cellos, one of the most beloved chamber music works ever written. After Aly Partridge, who was one of the two cellists, graduated, the remaining four of us who decided to continue as a quartet found ourselves referring to the group as the Partridge String Quartet in her honour and before we knew it, the name had stuck! We went on to be invited to play in festivals and also competed in competitions after our time at ANAM and realised that each of us was willing to invest a large part of our lives into the quartet. The past couple of years threw us challenge after challenge and demanded us to adapt in ways we never knew we would have to. We were stuck in various parts of the world and needing to think of ways to keep going. However, with the huge help of several people and organisations including Musica Viva, over that time we were able to prove to ourselves that every struggle was worth it. Our essence and mission as an ensemble remained and even became stronger as our desire to go back to what we loved only grew over time. 

Now, a resurrected Partridge String Quartet returns! Finally able to rehearse hard and show what we love doing in front of beloved Melbourne audiences once again. It’s a full circle moment for us as our first performance back will be of the very first piece the Partridge String Quartet ever tackled and grew to love as a group – Schubert’s C major string quintet. We’re full of excitement and enthusiasm and hope this reunion concert will propel us into a busy season of chamber music!”

We have just three weeks left to meet our fund-raising target – please click on the picture of the players from the Partridge Quartet below to donate. Do it now!

2022 Peninsula Summer Music Festival

The Mornington Peninsula Summer Festival is going digital.

From January 1st 2022, they will release a new video every day for 5 days, thanks to the generous support of Mornington Peninsula Shire.

This will include:

These will be advertised through through their mailing list and social media channels.

Selby and Friends come to Primrose Potter Salon in 2022

Experience five glorious and intimate chamber concerts with an ensemble of artists counted amongst the best in the world.

This stellar line-up includes pianist Kathryn Selby AM, SSO Concertmaster Andrew Haveron, SSO Principal Violist Tobias Breider, QSO Concertmaster Natsuko Yoshimoto, ACO Principal Cello Timo-Veikko Valve, violinists Natalie Chee, Grace Clifford and Dene Olding, and cellists Julian Smiles, Richard Narroway and Clancy Newman.  Watch the 2022 season video (right).

The March concert is currently sold out, so book early if you want to enjoy any of the later concerts.

Flinders Quartet 2022 season announced

In 2022, the Flinders Quartet completes their recording project of the works for string quartet by Margaret Sutherland in partnership with ABC Classic, undertakes their first national tour for Musica Viva Australia with Karin Schaupp (guitar), records for broadcast no less than four new works by emerging and established composers, continue their celebrated Composer Development Program, continues their role as Artistic Patrons of John Noble’s Quartet Program, and commissions seven new works to be played alongside our beloved Beethoven, Brahms and Haydn. 

Constantly evolving, they have begun work on a new online string quartet hub, FQ Digital. It will be a one-stop portal for you to enjoy online content, interviews, exploration into the music, curated listening and viewing, and more. With a variety of free and paid content, an FQ Digital subscription will give you broad access like never before. Who needs Netflix?!

Australian Cultural Fund removes service fee on donations

In response to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and our commitment to artists and the sector, Creative Partnerships Australia is pleased to announce that from 9am AEDT, 1 December 2021 the service fee on new donations to the Australian Cultural Fund has been removed.

By eliminating the fee, 100% of donations raised by artists on the ACF will go directly to their creative project or initiative, supporting the arts and cultural sector during this time of recovery.

To help relieve the impact of the pandemic on the Australian arts community, the ACF supported campaigns such as the National Assistance Program for the Arts and Theatre Network Australia’s 1000X1000 Crisis Cash for Artists which saw the service fee waived for these COVID-19 response initiatives. We are now excited to be able to extend this initiative across the board for all artists using the ACF platform.

Kind words

My colleague, Helen Vorrath, has created a delightful website to support chamber music in Victoria – something Helen does with verve and quite a lot of brio as a member of Musica Viva Australia’s Victorian committee.

Hywel Sims, CEO Musica Viva

Brava, Helen, it looks terrific!

Anne Frankenberg, Deputy CEO Musica Viva

Great idea. You have my support.

Julian Burnside AO QC

Congratulations for launching this online gateway for chamber music lovers in Victoria. Since arriving in Melbourne, I have been inspired by the many fine ensembles and the appetite of audiences to delve deeper to discover and support chamber music of all kinds in the community and in our bespoke venues. Continuo aims to get you even closer to the music and to the musicians we all love, and that’s a great thing!

Euan Murdoch, CEO, Melbourne Recital Centre

Good on you all, this is such a fabulous idea, to connect chamber music lovers.

Georgina Imberger Tempo Rubato

What a wonderful thing you have done down in Victoria, we are deeply appreciative for the support as I’m sure many smaller chamber groups are.

Elise, ACO Box Office

I’m happy to support this initiative and look forward to making use of it.

Wilma Smith, violinist with multiple chamber groups

Continuo Supporters

So who’s idea was this anyway? Who belongs and who’s supporting us?

Here we’ll post the stories and backgrounds of the founders, members and supporters of the Continuo Community.

Founder – Helen Vorrath

Continuo Connect is the brainchild of Helen Vorrath. It’s the culmination of ideas she’s been pursuing for several years, finally brought to fruition during lockdown.

Helen has been a concert-goer since school-days, a subscriber to Musica Viva for over 40 years. She is a 3MBS Patron and Life Member, a donor to ANAM, the MRC and Musica Viva.

In the last decade or so, she’s become a much more active chamber music supporter, starting as a volunteer for the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition (aka MICMC). She’s a member of the Victorian Committee of Musica Viva, Secretary of Genesis Baroque, and supporter of Melbourne Chamber Players. At the last MICMC she joined the Silo Collective to be part of the commissioning of Holly Harrison’s Balderdash.

Helen has derived so much pleasure from all these activities that she felt other people would relish the same opportunities to support chamber music – through modest donations or volunteer activities, or both. She says, “It’s such an uplifting experience to sit in a concert knowing that you have made a real contribution, however minor, to the existence of the performance, the ensemble, or the work.”

Because Continuo was born mid-lockdown, the first members were chosen from friends and relatives who lived within a 5km radius, so that the initial meeting to establish the organisation could be held in a local coffee shop. Watch this space for their stories.

Helen is currently Continuo’s President, Secretary, website designer and newsletter editor. She has  recruited a team to help in keeping the concert calendar up to date. Those volunteers will also appear here in due course.

Helen has refused to provide a current photo until such time as she can get a haircut to cut back the lockdown locks.

Instead she provided her avatar, which is how she prefers to imagine she looks.

Real musician – Justin Beere

Justin studied music (clarinet) at the Queensland Conservatorium, at the University of Tasmania and at ANAM. He is now Associate Principal clarinettist with Orchestra Victoria. He’s a very active chamber musician, having founded Melbourne Chamber Players with oboist Steph Dixon. And he’s played gigs with other chamber groups including Rubiks Collective and Syzygy.

Justin’s also been active in commissioning music in the past, so his advice in this area is invaluable as we prepare to become a commissioning organisation. He’s helping with the creation of policies and processes for the selection of composers and the ensembles who will play the commissioned work.

Justin is also a gifted teacher, which is how he got to know Helen Vorrath. Five years ago she decided to return to playing the clarinet after a 50 year break. Google provided her with Justin’s contact details, and the rest as they say is history. He’s still trying patiently to turn her into a better-than-average player.

Libby Vorrath – keen concert-goer

Libby Vorrath is founder Helen Vorrath's sister-in-law. They first went to chamber music concerts together in London, in 1969 (Brahm's horn trio with Barry Tuckwell, anyone?). These days she and Helen share a Musica Viva Gold Subscription. Libby's also a dedicated listener to classical music via 3MBS and the ABC Classic FM radio, and plays piano when she needs calm or consolation.

Libby has been an ensemble host for two of the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competitions, and is looking forward to doing it again when they resume in 2023.

Libby says, "Not only did I meet the obvious criteria for membership of Continuo, but at the time Helen started it in July 2021, travel was limited to a 5km radius, and fortunately I live close enough to be able to come to the meetings to help her establish the Continuo organisation."

Peter Thorne – couch concert enthusiast

Peter is one of the few classical music fans who hasn’t minded the lockdowns. He actually prefers to watch concerts from the couch. He finds other audience members distracting. His special dislikes are those who:

  • cough without covering
  • unwrap the cough lollies excruciatingly slowly
  • wear jangly bracelets or carry handbags with chain handles
  • chat
  • fail to turn off their phones

On the couch, he is happily in complete control of his environment and can really enjoy his concerts.

Bendigo Chamber Music Festival bookings open 10 November

We are thrilled to be able to welcome emerging superstars Chloe Lankshear, Grace Clifford and Charlotte Miles as well as Australian musical royalty David Elton, Sulki Yu, Amir Farid, Donald Nicholson and Stephen King to Bendigo for the first time.   BCMF family Sophie, Natsuko, Tobi and Daniel will again join us for 5 days of spectacular music making. 

Single tickets go on sale at 9.30am on November 10 to the general public but as a past ticket holder we wanted share with you the program beforehand.   The full program for the festival can be found by
clicking here.

We have also opened the Full Festival Pass for presale.  Similar to last year, I am sure these will sell very quickly so we wanted to give you first access.  

You can purchase them online by clicking here or by calling the fabulous Box Office team on 03 5434 6100.

Melbourne Recital Centre launches “Awaken”

Celebrate the best local and international music at the award-winning venue where live music lives.

From January to March we present Season One: Awaken, a program that takes inspiration from warm summer nights and the Australian landscape, highlighting exploratory and visionary artists and musicians.

The program includes performances from many of the ensembles whose 2021 concerts were postponed: Syzygy, Invictus Quartet, Firebird Trio, Quartz, Christopher Watson and Calvin Bowman, Songmakers and more.

Your presale access starts now! Use the promo code AWAKEN when booking*

ACO Studiocasts: special $30 offer

The ACO is thrilled to share the latest film in their acclaimed ACO StudioCast season with you, Schubert’s Quintet – now available to stream on demand.

Directed by Matisse Ruby and filmed at the exciting new art gallery and performance space, Phoenix Central Park, this extraordinary film showcases Schubert’s soulful masterpiece in an intimate and immersive performance that reaches the very depths of human emotion.

A sublime journey through contemplation, sadness, and joy, Schubert’s String Quintet holds a special place in the hearts of musicians and music lovers alike. We look forward to sharing this moving experience with you.


SPECIAL INTRO OFFER: $30 for 30 day access to all six ACO StudioCasts by purchasing the ‘Intro Offer’.

Viva Edge – new in 2022

Viva Edge is Musica Viva Australia’s newest chamber music concert series located at The Edge in Federation Square, Melbourne. It replaces the old Melbourne Morning Masters season with lunchtime concerts.

Enjoy The Edge’s acoustics and architecture in an inviting and informal setting, with convenient transport options close at hand.

ACO 2022

2022 is a transformative new era for the ACO. We return to you, our beloved audiences, right across Australia with a National Concert Season that knows no boundaries. We present our acclaimed immersive film series, ACO StudioCasts, where you’ll be completely swept away by Richard and the Orchestra.

The ACO has always blazed its own trail. 2022 is no exception. Flights are booked, hotel rooms are reserved, freight cases are ready. We hope you’ll join us.

The ACO has three Melbourne season options, on Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Musica Viva launches 2022 season

Any concert season tells a story, and the one Musica Viva Australia tells in 2022 is simple, if boldly told: it is a tale of creativity during adversity; of partnerships that span the country and the world; of resilience, communal experience and the sheer, astonishing joy of live performance.

Continuo is launched

Formed by a bunch of Melburnians who are passionate about chamber music, the Continuo Community aims to provide a one-stop-shop for Victorians wanting to find out what’s on and where, who’s who and what they’re doing, and what’s new in the chamber music scene in Victoria.

For those who join the community, there will be opportunities to support chamber music in a myriad of ways, from finance to friendship, advice and assistance.

Pythia Prize

The Pythia Prize is Rubiks’ annual commission project aimed at addressing equality and gender representation in contemporary music. The Prize is open to all Australian female-identifying and non-binary composers, and provides the opportunity for a composer to collaborate with Rubiks to create a new work.

Did you know?

There are about two hundred active composers in Victoria. As their works appear in events on the Continuo website, we will add information about them here. Or at least we will try to keep up as more and more works by local composers are programmed.

In the meantime, you can check out composers at the Australian Music Centre website.

Katy Abbott

The music of Katy Abbott (1971) leads the listener through a narrative of sound, exploring concepts of home, place, connection and human nature, frequently exhibiting a cheeky humour and cleverly juxtaposing contemporary flavours on traditional settings. 

Abbott’s compositions have been performed, published and recorded around the world, brought to life by many of leading Australian chamber ensembles including HalcyonThe Song Company, Syzygy EnsembleFlinders Quartet and Sydney, Adelaide, Tasmanian and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras. Her works have been performed in UK, Europe, Asia and the USA and featured in many Australian and International music festivals.

Michael Bakrnčev

Multi-award-winning Michael Bakrnčev is one of Australia’s most highly driven and successful young composers.

Michael was awarded  a highly coveted Australian Postgraduate Award (APA), studying with acclaimed composers Elliott Gyger and Brenton Broadstock.

Bakrnčev’s music has been performed extensively throughout Western and Eastern Europe, USA, Canada and Australia.

Nat Bartsch

 

Nat Bartsch is an ARIA-nominated, multi-award-winning Australian pianist and composer who creates lyrical, ethereal work that explores the space between classical and jazz genres. Her sound is influenced by Australian piano luminaries Luke Howard and Andrea Keller, studies with ECM pianists Tord Gustavsen and Nik Bärtsch, and the indie heroes of her upbringing: Sufjan Stevens, Elbow and Radiohead. She has released seven recordings of original music, toured domestically and internationally, and collaborated with some of Melbourne’s finest artists.

Nat also composes chamber music, with commissions for Plexus Collective, Solstice Trio, The Muses Trio, Matt Withers & Sally Whitwell.

Andrew Batterham

Andrew is a composer, trumpet and keyboard player. Classically trained but experienced in the commercial and contemporary music industries, he likes to blend all of these. His screen and corporate work includes short film scores, TV commercials, live arrangements, music for corporate events and a little for theatre. He’s equally at home synthestrating with samples or recording live musicians in the studio. Several playlists and podcasts use his music, whilst some songs have been included in Australian TV soundtracks.

Dr Calvin Bowman

Dr Calvin Bowman is a distinguished composer and performer who has been a prominent figure in Melbourne and the wider Australian classical music scene for many years. A Fulbright scholar and Doctor of Musical Arts from Yale University, his major focus is the composition of art song, with his ‘Touch the Air Softly’ nominated for numerous awards.

He is a laureate of the Ned Rorem Award for Song Composition, the Diana Barnhart American Song Competition, the English Poetry and Song Society Artsong Award, and been commissioned and performed widely by ensembles throughout Australia, the UK and the USA.

 

Deborah Cheetham

Deborah Cheetham AO, Yorta Yorta woman, soprano, composer and educator has been a leader and pioneer in the Australian arts landscape for more than 25 years. In the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, Cheetham was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), for ‘distinguished service to the performing arts as an opera singer, composer and artistic director, to the development of Indigenous artists, and to innovation in performance’.

Cheetham’s list of commissions for major Australian ensembles continues to grow, including works for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Australian String Quartet, West Australian Symphony Orchestra String Quartet, Rubiks Collective, Plexus Ensemble, Flinders Quartet and the Goldner Quartet.

Lisa Cheney

Lisa Cheney (b.1987) is an Australian composer of acoustic and acousmatic music, hailing from Queensland and now living in Melbourne. Her body of work incorporates orchestra, chamber, voice, acousmatic collaborations, arrangements and works for theatre and ballet.

Her music has been commissioned and performed by The Southern Cross Soloists, The Australian Voices, Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, Plexus, Syzygy, Sydney Antiphony, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Ballet amongst others.

Barry Conyngham

After studies with Peter Sculthorpe (1965–69) in Australia and with Toru Takemitsu (1970) in Japan, Barry established himself in the following decades as one of Australia’s international composers, with premieres and performances of his works in Japan, North and South America, Europe, the UK and at home. Notable premieres in the last few years have been in Palma, Hong Kong, Boston, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Tokyo, Vienna, and St Petersburg.

Over his career he has published almost 100 works (Universal Edition and Hal Leonard) and released over 60 recordings and videos, including those by the London, Netherlands Radio, New Zealand, and all Australian Orchestras, as well as ensembles and soloists from Poland, Japan, the UK, Europe, Russia, America and Australia.

In 2016 he was appointed Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of Melbourne. In 2021 Conyngham returned to full-time composition.

 

Tim Dargaville

Tim Dargaville is a composer, pianist, percussionist, and teacher who is a distinctive voice in recent Australian contemporary music. Central to his work is a nurturing of authentic musical expression that encompasses cultural diversity.

Tim Dargaville’s compositions include work for the concert platform, theatre, and dance, and have received international recognition with performances at festivals in many countries. In Australia his music has been broadcast on ABC national radio and television, featured in the Melbourne and Sydney International Festivals, awarded the prestigious Albert Maggs award, the Jean Bogan prize and an Ian Potter Music Commission.

Kym Dillon

Kym Dillon is a composer; arranger; orchestrator, pianist and conductor, who is currently based in Melbourne and Geelong. Starting out her career as a jazz pianist, Kym’s interest soon turned to composition, and her work now regularly spans multiple genres and areas of musical practice.

She completed a Bachelor of Music Performance Honours in composition at the Victorian College of the Arts, studying under such teachers as Anthony Lyons, Mark Pollard, and John McCaughey.  Kym has had original works commissioned by such groups as the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Astra Chamber Music Society, and Musica Viva. Her work is often inspired by reflections on the nature of imagination and creation — what it means to create and what our creative compulsion says about us.

Melody Eötvös

Melody Eötvös (1984) was born in the Southern Highlands, NSW, Australia. Her work draws on both multi-media and traditional instrumental contexts, as well substantial extra-musical references to a broad range of philosophical, biological, and ancient topics as well as a sustained interest in late 19th-century life and literature.

Eötvös has had her music performed by ensembles and orchestras such as the London Sinfonietta, BBC Singers, The Australian String Quartet, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and has participated in several electronic music festivals including SEAMUS 2011 (US), ACMC 2012 (Australia), and ICMC 2011 (New Zealand). She has also participated in numerous festivals and workshops internationally, most recently as a composer in residence with the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz (2019).

Current commissions include The Philadelphia Orchestra (USA), The Australian Chamber Orchestra, and the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra (USA). Eötvös is a Lecturer in Composition and Aural Studies at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne, Australia.

Mary Finsterer

MARY FINSTERER is a composer whose practice extends from the concert stage to the screen. Credits include her award–winning opera, Biographica. Presented by Sydney Chamber Opera and Ensemble Offspring in association with Carriageworks, it enjoyed a sold-out at Sydney Festival in 2017. Film credits include Shirley Barrett’s feature film South Solitary, her score of which was a finalist in the Film Critics Circle Awards. Fellowships include a NUFFIC Royal Netherlands Government award and Churchill Fellowship.

She has been the featured composer in the ABC Classic FM Pedestal Programme and numerous portrait concerts including ANAM Australian Voices, Melbourne Recital Centre and Ensemble Offspring at the Sydney Opera House. Other accolades include Paul Lowin Orchestral Prize, IRCAM|Ensemble Intercontemporain Award and numerous Australian Art Music Awards. She has represented Australia in five International Society for Contemporary Music Festivals.

Stuart Greenbaum

Having studied composition with Broadstock and Conyngham at the University of Melbourne, Stuart Greenbaum holds a position at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music as Professor and Head of Composition. He is the author of over 230 works including 23 sonatas, 7 string quartets, 5 piano trios, 7 concertos, 5 symphonies and 2 operas.

Greenbaum’s music is heard regularly in Australia and abroad. Nelson, a 3–act opera with libretto by Ross Baglin, was presented in London in 2005 and premiered in full at the 2007 Castlemaine State Festival. Their second opera, The Parrot Factory, received a 5-show season in 2010 staged by Victorian Opera at The Malthouse. Major choral works include The Foundling (1997) and Brought to Light – Symphony No.5 (2020), commissioned by Cantori New York and From the Beginning commissioned for the sesquicentenary of the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic in 2003.

Luke Howard

Australian Music Prize long-listed composer Luke Howard has been described as “absolutely heavenly” (Mary Anne Hobbs, BBC Radio 6) and his music as “an ambient masterclass” (Musos’ Guide), but words cannot capture the potency of Howard’s enthralling compositions. A pianist since childhood, Howard has scored films and performed with artists as diverse as Lior and Jeff Mills, capturing audiences with contemporary classical arrangements that curl and twist around the boundaries of a particular emotion. Though wordless, Howard’s songs perform a function unique to music as a medium – that of evoking without describing, bringing listeners to a feeling which defies articulating.

Alice Humphries

Alice Humphries is a highly versatile and eclectic composer working across and in-between the contemporary classical, jazz, and experimental worlds. Her music has been described as “bursting with life and fun, as well as great, great beauty” and “deeply thought-provoking…offering both moments of incredible intensity and sublime serenity.” Her output includes electro-acoustic, chamber, and orchestral music, as well as music for dance, documentary and film. She seeks to create evocative, immersive, and engaging sound worlds that take inspiration from natural phenomena, and intersections between humanity and nature.

Gordon Kerry

Gordon Kerry is a composer and writer based on north-eastern Victoria. In 2021 his work has been featured in an extensive tour by the Omega Ensemble (Clarinet Quintet), at the Adelaide Festival’s Chamber Landscapes Series (Clarinet and Viola Quintets, and in concert with the Australian Chamber Choir (Seven Last Words). Forthcoming performances include his Sinfonia concertante with Alison Mitchell, Irit Silver and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra; Christchurch Monody for The Marais Project, a new Mass and a Violin Sonata for Musica Viva.

Recent works include music for Plexus, Elysian Fields, Acacia Quartet and Halcyon; his Piano Trio No.3 for Firebird Trio, The Snow Queen (his fourth opera, to a libretto by John Kinsella) for Victorian Opera, a violin concerto, and a Second String Quintet for the Australian String Quartet and cellist Pieter Wispelwey. Other operas include Midnight Son (to Louis Nowra’s libretto) for Victoria Opera and Medea (to Justin Macdonnell’s libretto). His orchestral music includes works commissioned by the ABC, BBC, Symphony Australia, and the Australian and Sydney Youth Orchestras and includes seven concertos, a symphony and various tone-poems. He was ANAM’s inaugural composer-in-residence in 2008.

Linda Kouvaras

Professor Linda Kouvaras is a musicologist, composer and pianist. She holds a continuing position in Music at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, the University of Melbourne, and publishes in contemporary music, both classical and popular, focusing especially on Australian music, postmodernism and gender issues in music.

After several years in the late 1970s and early 1980s playing in rock and New Wave/Punk bands and for theatre productions, Linda resumed classical piano studies in the UK in 1984, returning to complete her studies at the Faculty of Music, University of Melbourne, under A/Profs Ronald Farren-Price and Max Cooke, culminating in a Masters Degree in Piano in 1991. Her research work was supervised by Dr Brenton Broadstock, Dr Naomi Cumming, and historian Dr David Goodman and led to her PhD in Musicology in 1996.

Recordings of her works and piano performances appear on Move Records, ABC, Cicadia and Irida Classical labels, and on independent release. Her compositions are played at recitals and festivals nationally and internationally. She has full composer representation with APRA-AMCOS and also publishes with Reed Music. Her solo CD is Kouvaras: PianoWorks (Move Records, 2000) and the most recent CD recording to feature her music is “Art and Life”; “Sleeping Girl”, Myrsini Margariti, Soprano, Effie Agrafioti, Piano, on Greek Muse (Athens: Irida Classical, 2020). A three-CD release of her Chamber Music is planned for recording through Toccata Classics (London), 2022.

Matt Laing

Matt is a freelance composer and viola player currently based in Melbourne, Australia. His music, “described as thought provoking and unusually beautiful”, is fundamentally driven by an interest in story telling through sound, typically around themes of social connection and environment.

Matt has been writing music since he started university, sketching ideas whilst training to be a viola player. Following a successful participation in the Flinders Quartet’s 2017 composer workshop, his first big commission Out of Hibernation was premiered by the Quartet in 2019 through which he was awarded an Ian Potter Cultural Trust grant to work on the quartet with mentoring from Brett Dean in London and Berlin.

Matt’s first work premiered overseas, Portrait of Blood, was performed in London on a tour by Affinity Quartet and Lotte Betts-Dean in February 2020. Other compositional engagements have included works for the Australian String Quartet, the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Chamber Players, ANAM and Wattleseed Ensemble, with current commissions including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Affinity Quartet and Z.E.N. Trio through Musica Viva. Matt is a Musica Viva FutureMaker for 2021-23.

Photo: Sharon Gertner Photography

Kevin March

Kevin March is an award-winning composer whose works have been performed nationally and internationally by Opéra de Montréal, Pacific Opera Victoria, Edmonton Opera, One Ounce Opera, PLEXUS, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Ironwood Ensemble, Halcyon, Sarah Curro, the Arcko Ensemble, the ASTRA Chamber Music Society, Chronology Arts, Brave New Works, and the New York City Opera.

Ian Munro

Ian Munro is one of Australia’s most distinguished and awarded musicians with a career that has taken him to thirty countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Australasia. As a composer, Ian is the only Australian to have been awarded the Premier Grand Prix at the Queen Elisabeth Competition for Composers (2003).

Since 2003, his works have been frequently heard all over Australia, with broadcasts on the ABC and BBC. Commissions from the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra through a Symphony Australia residency led to ‘Blue Rags’ (2005), ‘Drought & Night Rain’ (2005) and ‘O Traurigkeit’ (2006), written for soloist Sue-Ellen Paulsen (cello). In 2011 he was Featured Composer for Musica Viva’s international season, in which his piano trio ‘Tales from Old Russia’ (2008), String Quartet no.1, Clarinet Quintet and Piano Quintet no.2 were toured by the Eggner Trio, Brentano Quartet, Sabina Meyer and the Modigliano Quartet, and the Goldner Quartet with Munro as soloist.

Andrián Pertout

Andrián Pertout was born in Santiago, Chile, 17 October, 1963, and lived in Gorizia, Northern Italy for several years before finally settling in Melbourne, Australia in 1972. In 2007, he completed a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree at the University of Melbourne on Tweddle Trust, Australian Postgraduate and Melbourne Research scholarships, studying composition under the guidance of Brenton Broadstock. He is the recipient of many awards for composition and of numerous commissions. As well as being a freelance composer, he additionally works as composition lecturer, teacher, supervisor and examiner at various institutions at Bachelor, Masters and PhD levels.

Jaslyn Robertson

Jaslyn Robertson is a Melbourne-based composer navigating an emerging career in music with advocacy for diversity in the arts. An excitement for unusual forms of expression, alternate tuning systems and innovation in notation has drawn her to unique instruments including the Theremin, double bell trombone, quartertone flugelhorn and analogue synths.

She has had pieces performed at the Bendigo International Festival for Exploratory Music and Tilde New Music Festival. In 2020 she received the Monash Animated Notation Ensemble commissioning prize with an online premiere and a commission for Ossicle duo supported by Creative Victoria and City of Melbourne.

Charlie Sdraulig

Intimacy, nuance, and quietude are the core themes of Charlie Sdraulig’s creative practice. His work often draws attention to the social dynamics of musical situations, focusing on subtle sonic and gestural behaviours.

Highlights include headlining I N T I M A T E, a festival produced by Kinetic (UK), where Gwenaelle Rouger (France), Marco Fusi (Italy), and Winnie Huang (Australia) performed one to one—a meditative, hour long experience for one audience member at a time. His music has been presented at numerous festivals internationally, and recently in ANAM Set (Australia). His works have been performed and commissioned by major soloists and ensembles in many countries.

He is currently a teaching associate at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and a tutor at Trinity College, The University of Melbourne.

Johanna Selleck

Johanna Selleck is a composer, flautist, and musicologist.

A prominent theme in her work is the connection between ourselves and the environment. Her research interests include cultural history, creativity and collaboration, and practice-based research. Much of her creative work at present centres around the  Melbourne Composers’ League and Asian Composers’ League concerts and annual international festivals.

She completed a PhD in composition at the University of Melbourne in 2006 studying under Brenton Broadstock.  She currently teaches composition  at the university, where she is an honorary fellow.

Clare Strong

Clare Strong (née Johnston) is an Australian composer and piano and theory teacher based in Melbourne. She has a Masters of Music in Composition from the University of Sydney where she was one of four participants in the inaugural National Women Composers’ Development Program run by the Sydney Conservatorium. She holds a Bachelor of Music in composition and piano from the University of Melbourne and an AMusA in piano.

Her works have been recorded by PLEXUS, the Goldner String Quartet, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and other soloists and duos.

Louisa Trewartha

Louisa completed a BMus in 2010 at the University of Melbourne, and in 2013 studied at the Australian National Academy of Music, mentored by trumpet pedagogues David Elton and Tristram Williams. 

Louisa completed a Masters in Scoring for Film and Visual Media in 2016 at Pulse College, Dublin, and in 2017 participated in the Australian Composers School with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. She has since been commissioned to write larger ensemble works for groups such as Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, The Regional Centre for Culture, and The Mid America Freedom Band, and chamber works for Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Solstice Trio, Duo Eclettico, and Three Shades Black.

Alex Turley

Alex Turley is an Australian composer whose work explores the subtleties of musical texture through a fine atmospheric lens. Praised as ‘brilliantly accessible’ (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) and possessing a ‘refined sense of texture and atmosphere’ (Partial Durations), his music has garnered international recognition.

Recent collaborative projects include Barra-róddjiba: a cross-cultural collaboration with all-woman rock band Ripple Effect and Kunibidji elders, a collaborative orchestral show with electronic music duo Electric Fields and New Homes: a concerto for Veena co-composed with virtuoso Hari Sivanesan. Alex was featured in the multi-composer initiative The ANAM Set.

Go behind the scenes

Want to learn more about chamber music? Hear from performers? Understand how it all works? Explore a particular piece of music?

There are some great podcasts to listen to. Try the Musica Viva “Chamber of Musical Curiosities” or ANAM radio….

Brahms’ Horn Trio – the inside story

Brahms’ Horn Trio is a favourite chamber music work, full of nostalgia and melancholy, which seems most appropriate for these times.

ANAM Radio gives you an opportunity to hear a horn player’s views on preparing and performing this wonderful work, and you can watch and listen to the the performance as well.

Click on the button below to find out more on the ANAM website, or click on the images to the right to go straight to the podcast and the performance.

ANAM Radio Podcast

The Tune Up: Those who think classical music is a static art form vs Ben Opie

This is the first episode of MRC’s The Tune Up podcasts with hosts Maxim Boon and Megan Steller!

In this episode, Maxim and Megan chat with oboist, collaborator, artistic director and one half of Inventi Ensemble, Ben Opie. Plus, an audio experiment that explores the art and etiquette of opening a cough lolly wrapper in Elisabeth Murdoch Hall featuring usher and percussionist of Ossicle Duo, Hamish Upton.

Musica Viva “Chamber of Musical Curiosities” podcasts

Hosted by Artistic Director Paul Kildea, the Chamber of Musical Curiosities is a chamber music podcast exploring the world in and around Musica Viva Australia. When brainstorming names for this new audio venture, the image that came most vividly to Kildea’s mind was that of a Wunderkammer. Also known as ‘cabinets of curiosities’, these rooms emerged in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, filled with exotic objects: antlers, claws, stuffed birds, artworks plundered from many different lands, a skeleton playing the violin. It is also a pretty neat way of describing a chamber music concert – a chamber of marvels.

This season features an eclectic range of guests in conversation with Paul Kildea, as both parties reflect upon creativity, their careers, and their passion for chamber music. Australian academic and musicologist Malcolm Gillies, violinist Wilma Smith, writer and broadcaster Jane Caro, and actor and theatre director John Bell all feature. 

Flinders Quartet playing Beethoven Op 132

The Flinders Quartet were scheduled to perform Beethoven’s Op 131 in concerts at the Melbourne Recital Centre late this year. Sadly these were cancelled. The quartet have been working their way through the late Beethoven quartets, and you can watch and listen to their performance of Opus 132, filmed on 5 December 2020 at fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne.

It’s a lovely performance of a great work. Hopefully we’ll get to hear Op 131 live in 2022.

ANAM Webinar: Ensemble Liaison

Want to get behind the scenes and learn more about what it’s like to player chamber music? Here’s a great webinar recording from three of Victoria’s best musicians.

Ensemble Liaison Timothy Young (ANAM Head of Piano), David Griffiths and Svetlana Bogosavljevic recently joined the ANAM cohort to share how their collaborations with different artists and genres helped expand their musicality. They also share excerpts of their favourite performances with artists that have since become their friends.

ANAM Online

Freelancer: Life in the wilderness (ANAM webinar excerpts)

In this webinar, ANAM alumni Eliza Shephard (flute, 2018) and Katie Yap (viola, 2014) talk about their lives post-ANAM and as freelance musicians.

ANAM musicians: Thursdays at 3

Thursdays at 3

Anything goes at Thursday at 3! ANAM musicians and housemates Hamish Jamieson (cello, QLD), Ariel Postmus (viola, WA) and Felix Pascoe (violin, VIC) showcase their diverse musical chops in this jazzy performance from the comfort of their lounge room! 

Melbourne Musicians: Bach on Soprano sax!

And now for something completely different… Bach as you’ve never heard it before. Justin Kenealy does an amazing job playing the Bach Violin Concerto, no 2 on soprano saxophone.

If you watch closely you’ll see him doing circular breathing occasionally – the only way a wind-player can manage a piece written for strings. Especially Bach!

Justin is now part of Duo Eclettico – one of the groups you’ll find listed in the Who’s Who – Ensembles.

Sara Macliver and Jennifer Yu

Due to the continuing lockdown here in Melbourne, The Romantic European Salon concert with Sara Macliver on Thursday 23 September will no longer go ahead. Ticket buyers will be contacted directly by ANAM in the coming days about refund/credit options.

Although there is no real substitute for live performance, ANAM are sharing a video from Sara’s performance with pianist Jennifer Yu (QLD) of songs by Mozart from her 2019 concert at ANAM.

Aftermath

ANAM alumna Katie Yap (viola, 2014) performs music composed by fellow ANAM alumni, Emily Sheppard (violin, 2013).

Emily (aka Emily Cloud) wrote Aftermath as a response to time spent at Sarah Anne Rocks in Tasmania’s NW coast, after the Tarkine had been gutted by bushfires.

Written by Emily Sheppard and performed by Katie Yap.

Musica Viva “Strike a Chord” Grand Final Showreel

Want to see the future of chamber music in Australia?

This “showreel” includes snippets of the performances of all 12 finalists, culminating in those of the prizewinners.

Be truly amazed by the proficiency and musicality of these young ensembles. And by the variety of both the types of ensembles and the works chosen.

Melbourne Chamber Players: Sabin, Holst & Rimsky-Korsakov

In 2019 Melbourne Chamber Players had the pleasure of recording this concert at the Melbourne Recital Centre. If you’re looking to add a little light into your day, this performance features a wonderful selection of music to sooth the soul; the world premiere of a very playful and imaginative quintet for clarinet and strings by Australian composer Nigel Sabin, a stunning quartet by Imogen Holst and the melodious Quintet in B-flat by Rimsky-Korsakov.

Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro” for wind band

A surprising and delightful way to experience one of the most sublime operas of all time, this concert features Mozart’s immortal music from The Marriage of Figaro transformed into a beguiling work for wind ensemble. ANAM’s former Artistic Director Nick Deutsch will lead this performance and the music will be enhanced by the narration of actor Bethany Simons, whose vivid stage presence will ensure you always know which of Figaro’s many adventures the music is illustrating.

Just the best lockdown cheer-up.

Accademia Arcadia

Accademia Arcadia is a Baroque chamber ensemble of high originality. Known simply as Arcadia, this company was formed by Jacqueline Ogeil in 2001 to explore the trio sonata, cantata, early opera and grand liturgical music genres.

Its annual performances in the Woodend Winter Art Festival have been a popular feature, including liturgical gems with the outstanding chamber choir Ensemble Gombert. As well as the Baroque operas, first Australian performances with original instruments include Domenico Scarlatti cantatas, Haydn’s Harmoniemesse and Vivaldi’s Vespers.

Affinity Quartet

Since winning the ANAM Chamber Music Competition in their inaugural year, Affinity Quartet has established itself as one of Australia’s leading string quartets. Their international touring has included critically acclaimed performances in Europe at the Amsterdam String Quartet Biennale, Festival Les Voix Intimes Belgium, Fondazione Cini Venice, Mirabell Palace Salzburg; and in the UK at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Southbank Centre, City Music Society, and Prussia Cove International Musicians Seminar.

Arcadia Winds

Awarded a fellowship at the Australian National Academy of Music upon their formation in late 2013, they became Musica Viva Australia’s inaugural FutureMakers musicians from 2015–17. They have brought their brand of energetic, joyful and spontaneous performance to festival stages in almost every state and territory in the country; concert halls across mainland China; and listeners around the world through broadcasts of the BBC Proms Australia chamber music series. And they have revelled in musical partnerships with internationally renowned performers including the Australian String Quartet; piano virtuosi Lambert Orkis, Paavali Jumppanen and Anna Goldsworthy; and woodwind masters Ole Kristian Dahl and Thorsten Johanns.

Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO)

Founded by cellist John Painter in November 1975, the ACO has travelled a remarkable road to become one of Australia’s most dynamic performing arts organisations.

Since taking up the leadership of the ACO in 1990, Artistic Director Richard Tognetti has transformed the Orchestra into a major cultural export, performing over 100 times per year in concert halls around Australia and the world.

Charisma Ensemble

Charisma was founded by clarinettist Roslyn Dunlop and cellist Julia Ryder in 1995 to explore and develop music for clarinet and cello. David Miller joined the group in 2003. The group has premiered many works and enjoys an international reputation for lively and virtuosic music-making, receiving critical acclaim for tours in Australasia and Europe. Charisma moves easily across all kinds of musical boundaries – from classical to blues, avant-garde to tangos, and minimalist to multimedia works. The marriage of styles has led to performances in unconventional venues such as jazz clubs, art galleries, bars and open spaces as well as traditional concert halls. 

Clinch Saxophone Quartet

One of the long standing members of the original Peter Clinch Saxophone Quartet was saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, composer and lecturer Lachlan Davidson. Early 2020 Lachlan came in contact with two outstanding Victorian performing artists: baritone specialist Sara Ann Beale and alto saxophonist Martin Hemingway. Two exceptional saxophonists and lecturers, trained in the superb tradition Peter Clinch had set up at Melbourne’s VCA, two young people who had already set up a colourful and inspired career of teaching and playing in many genres (classical, contemporary, folk-music, funk). The fourth member was an absolute newcomer to the scene: Dutch tenor saxophonist Niels Bijl. Member of the world famous Aurelia Saxophone Quartet for 17 years, with an international career as a performing artist, spanning 20 years and 4 continents, and a brand new resident of Victoria since January 1st 2020.

 

 

 

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Collide

Collide unites three international artists, Yasmin Rowe, Yelian He and Joseph Lallo, into an exciting ensemble that splashes new colours on the classical works you love, as well as introducing new music by fantastic composers. Through the unique combination of Saxophone, Cello and Piano, Collide features works by Joseph Haydn, Max Bruch, Keyna Wilkins, Nikolai Kapustin, Svante Henryson and more. Whether it’s rearranging works by beloved composers or working with composers on premieres – Collide infuses life, energy and artistry into every performance.

The Consort of Melbourne

The Consort of Melbourne is Melbourne’s premier vocal ensemble, comprising eight of this city’s finest chamber singers under the artistic direction of Steven Hodgson. Typically performing a capella (unaccompanied) with one singer per part, The Consort of Melbourne champions both historic and contemporary repertoire, bringing 1000 years of vocal music to life with an intimacy and verve that leaves audiences spellbound. Our programmes include celebrated masterpieces heard alongside lesser-known gems, exploring the full expressive potential of human voices combined.

Duo Chamber Melange

Duo Chamber Melange is a wonderful partnership between internationally acclaimed musicians, Ivana Tomaskova (violin) and Tamara Smolyar (piano).

Each of them has produced numerous recordings for national and international broadcasters and performed in many prominent venues across three continents.

A number of composers have written music for them as soloists and chamber musicians.

Duo Eclettico

Duo Eclettico was formed by Justin Kenealy and Coady Green to explore the wealth of repertoire available for this unique combination of instruments. Kenealy and Green share a passion for programming important existing repertoire, dazzling new transcriptions, and working with composers to further the breadth of repertoire for this ensemble.

Ensemble 642

Formed in 2016, Ensemble 642 is Hannah Lane (baroque harp) and Nicholas Pollock (theorbo, lutes, baroque guitar). The ensemble explores the unique sound world of rare, early plucked string instruments, performing music from the late-sixteenth to early-eighteenth centuries, both as a duo and in collaboration with leading vocalists and instrumentalists. Inspired by a mutual fascination and passion for the art of basso continuo—an improvisatory practice fundamental to the performance of baroque music—and by their desire to pursue musical experimentation based on historical sources, Ensemble 642 creates innovative concert programs in collaboration with the finest early music performers in Australia and beyond, bringing to life exquisite music that hasn’t been heard for hundreds of years with the aim of sharing the spirit and emotion of baroque music with contemporary audiences.

Ensemble Françaix

Ensemble Françaix is thrilled to share with listeners the joy of mixed ensemble collaboration, inspired by the wit and vibrancy of the 20th-century neoclassical French composer Jean Françaix. The Melbourne-based group was founded in 2016 by oboist Emmanuel Cassimatis (MSO, MCO), bassoonist Matthew Kneale (MSO, TSO, OV, Arcadia Winds) and pianist Nicholas Young (Finalist ABC Young Performers Awards 2011), who together form the ensemble’s core as a ’double-reeded’ piano trio. The ensemble incorporates further emerging and established Australian performers as guest artists according to the instrumental needs of each concert program, crafting unique sound palettes for each recital experience that especially celebrate the neglected virtuosity and versatility of woodwinds.

Ensemble Gombert

Ensemble Gombert is Melbourne’s outstanding chamber choir, noted for its pure intonation and historic approach to choral sound and style. Named after Nicolas Gombert (c. 1495 – 1560), who has been largely ignored in the twentieth century despite an exemplary reputation amongst his contemporaries, the Ensemble specialises in a cappella performance of Franco-Flemish music of the High Renaissance.

Ensemble Liaison

Described by Limelight magazine as a ‘national treasure’, Ensemble Liaison is one of Australia’s leading internationally acclaimed ensembles. They are renowned for their captivating and engaging performances, appealing to audiences from all walks of life. They presented their first concert series at The Edge, Melbourne, in 2007 and have become known as a tour de force, recognised for imaginative and innovative programming, setting the trend for brilliant collaborations with leading artists. They have performed across Australia and New Zealand, including a ten-concert tour for Chamber Music New Zealand, and appearances at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Government House, UKARIA, Musica Viva Australia, Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville, Port Fairy Spring Music Festival and the Woodend Winter Arts Festival, and in 2012 gave a series of festival performances in Central Europe. Critics have hailed their performances with superlatives such as ‘spellbinding’, ‘flawless’, ‘a revelation’, ‘moving’ and ‘joyous’.

Fidelio Quartet

The Fidelio Quartet has been described as one of the most exciting forces on Melbourne’s Concert stage, offering a depth of intimacy with the performance of Beethoven. Each member of the Fidelio Quartet has an enviable reputation among the finest artists in Australia.

Firebird Trio

Firebird Trio – like its mythical counterpart which shone magically through the darkness – sheds light on music from all epochs. Founded in 2010, Firebird Trio has performed nationwide to critical acclaim, with a vibrancy of imagination that echoes its name. Described by The Australian as “an ensemble of immense energy and focus” and praised in The Age for their “togetherness, charisma and playfulness”, Firebird Trio has performed around Australia including for Musica Viva, Noosa LongWeekend Festival, Coffs Harbour Music Society, Camberwell Music Society, Macedon Music, Melbourne Recital Centre, 3MBS Marathon and ABC Sunday Live. Their performances are regularly heard on ABC Classic FM and 3MBS FM.

Flinders Quartet

Thibaud Pavlovic-Hobba (violin), Wilma Smith (violin), Helen Ireland (viola) and Zoe Knighton (cello)

Flinders Quartet (FQ) is instantly recognisable as one of Australia’s most loved chamber music ensembles. A quartet for the twenty-first century, FQ approaches its third decade with acknowledged musical skill and maturity. The group’s dynamic and stirring performances of a full spectrum of repertoire have audiences and critics articulating their esteem, and the quartet is a highly-respected force in Australian chamber music.

Forest Collective

Forest Collective is a not for profit artist collective focusing on contemporary classical music, dance and collaboration. 

We commission, create, and present various art forms, often giving independent artists a platform to develop their practice and reach new audiences. Under the direction of composer and conductor Evan J Lawson, Forest Collective is run by a team of creative practitioners who strive to enrich audiences through multidisciplinary, innovative, collaborative, experimental, and traditional art forms from early career and established artists.

We pride ourselves on giving a voice to underperformed and underrepresented artists.

Genesis Baroque

Genesis Baroque is a Melbourne-based period chamber orchestra founded by Artistic Director and violinist, Jennifer Kirsner, and directed by baroque violinist Lucinda Moon. The ensemble comprises some of Australia’s finest historically-informed performers, and aims to explore the spontaneity, imagination, and richness of music from the 17th and 18th centuries through its intimate concerts at the Abbotsford Convent and regional performances across Victoria.

Golden Gate Brass

Golden Gate Brass brings a joy and energy to its playing that is nothing short of inspiring. Michael Olsen (trumpet), Fletcher Cox (trumpet), Aidan Gabriels (horn), Jackson Bankovic (trombone) and Jason Catchpowle (tuba) formed the band while studying at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), and this meeting of young musical minds has proven to be a winning combination ever since.

Inventi Ensemble

Inventi Ensemble have established themselves in Melbourne and are a leading force in Australian chamber music. Award winning performances in Australia’s leading concert halls and at festivals around the country have led to an enthusiastic following of their innovative programming and outstanding performance style. Inventi performances can range from a duo or trio, through to a chamber orchestra of 20 players. They are one of the most prolific chamber ensembles in Australia, with over 40 diverse concerts in their 2019 season. Inventi is an exciting voice in Australian music.

Invictus Quartet

“We are four individuals whose lives were brought together when we first formed as a string quartet for a music ensemble elective at university. However, we quickly realised that our mutual love and appreciation for string quartet would last far beyond a semester and decided to make this a lifetime commitment. We love exploring the unparalleled classical string quartet repertoire as well as collaborating with artists from all walks of life – from contemporary composers to R&B and neo-soul music producers – we strive to create music that will resonate with people in any way. Our goal is to share this ever evolving world of music with everyone.”

Joe and Zoë Duo

Zoe Black and Joe Chindamo  are routinely described as edgy and a welcome new and unique voice to Australian Chamber music: their music is inclusive because it is informed by the rigour of classical music and the excitement and urbanity of jazz. 

Their concert performances and two CD releases REIMAGININGS and DIDO’S LAMENT have met with highest acclaim from critics and peers.

The duo is also committed to presenting new music, much of which is composed by Joe Chindamo.