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The Hourglass Ensemble | Heart of Australia

20 July 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm AEST

Tickets: Adult $58 | Concession $40 | Children under 13 $20

This winter The Hourglass Ensemble are celebrating the exquisite lyricism and bold dynamism of piano composition with concerts featuring masterful pieces from acclaimed composers Carl Vine, Nigel Westlake and Gabriel Fauré.

The work of French composer Fauré is often described as the bridge from the end of the romantics to the emergence of the modernists. In the first concert, Heart of Australia, the ensemble will play Faure’s passionate Piano Quintet number two in D minor, before moving to the modernist magic of Vine’s Piano Sonata number one, a dynamic, virtuosic tour de force of the solo piano from one of Australia’s greatest living composers, played by Hourglass’ internationally acclaimed piano soloist Anna Rutkowska-Schock. Westlake’s touching Piano Trio floats from darkness to light to close out the concert.

The Hourglass Ensemble is an audience favourite with their generous approach to make chamber music enjoyable and accessible. Each piece of music will be introduced with expert insights that lead the audience through the narratives and nuances of each composition.


  • Gabriel FAURÉ | Piano Quintet number two in D minor
  • Carl VINE | Piano Sonata number one
  • Nigel WESTLAKE | Piano Trio


  • Anna Rutkowska-Schock | Piano
  • Tomas Talmacs | Violin
  • Isabel Taussig Talmacs | Violin
  • Tara Hashambhoy | Viola
  • James Larsen | Cello
  • Andrew Kennedy | Artistic Director

The Hourglass Ensemble is a Sydney-based group of chamber musicians and soloists whose mission is to enjoy playing the best music with the best performers to an audience of chamber music lovers and those new to the form. Their unique expertise is in blending new and unusual combinations of woodwind, with strings, voice, percussion, piano, actors and designers to explore the different sounds made possible by these groupings. They commission, premiere and record Australian composers to export their works from their homeland to the world.

The Hourglass Ensemble was formed in 2015 by Artistic Director Andrew Kennedy with the mission to play new and recent music that an audience will be able to enjoy and understand on first hearing. The Ensemble deformalises the concert experience to make it less abstract and to give the uninitiated listener a simple guide to accessing the art music world. Following that philosophy, the group has explored a diverse repertoire from unaccompanied solo pieces to well-loved late Romantic pieces; from re-imagined twentieth-century classics, to brand new chamber operas and Australian-themed song cycles.



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