The Australia Ensemble, resident at The University of New South Wales, was founded in 1980 following a proposal put to the University by Roger Covell and Murray Khouri. The group has long been widely recognised as this country’s finest chamber music ensemble. Consisting of seven of Australia’s leading instrumentalists, the Ensemble is able to engage other outstanding musicians to ensemble it to present some highly unusual and varied groupings of performers as well as the standard chamber music repertoire. The core activities of the Australia Ensemble are the annual subscription season and free concert and workshop series at UNSW, although it also frequently appears elsewhere for music societies and other organisations.
- Paul Stanhope, Artistic Chair
- Geoffrey Collins, flute
- Dimity Hall, violin
- Irina Morozova, Viola
- Ian Munro, Piano
- Dene Olding, Violin
- Julian Smiles, cello
Australia Ensemble’s concerts
Reviews and interviews with Australia Ensemble
The newly refurbished foyer of the Sir John Clancy Auditorium provided a welcoming grand entrance…
Problems with light rail construction and venue renovations, as well as the Sydney Swans playing…
Australia Ensemble always fills me with high expectations of consummate musical performances and I was not disappointed. The concert was a joy.
I am so impressed by this ensemble. They have a loyal following with good reason. This was music making at its best and it is always worth the trek out to UNSW.
What an inspiring concert to hear! A luscious 20th century program and Raising Sparks by James MacMillan. It truly had some beautiful moments.
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The Australia Ensemble lives up to its name by touring throughout Australia and overseas. It has appeared in every state of Australia for Musica Viva and other entrepreneurs and frequently appears in national music and chamber music festivals. The Ensemble has regularly toured internationally since 1982 and has performed in the USA, the UK, the Soviet Union, Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, Poland, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Japan, China, India, South America, South Korea, Vietnam and Thailand.