Australia Ensemble UNSW

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 enable 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.

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. 

In addition to major support from The University of New South Wales, the Australia Ensemble gratefully acknowledges the past and present generous financial assistance of the Music Board of the Australia Council, the New South Wales Ministry for the Arts, The University of New South Wales U Committee and generous donations from individual subscribers and supporters.

The Australia Ensemble is managed by UNSW's Music Performance Unit.

There are seven core positions in the Australia Ensemble UNSW: flute, clarinet, piano, two violins, viola and cello.

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May
22
13 ANDREW MEISEL

Osvaldo GOLIJOV | Lullaby and Doina (2001)

Aug
21
12 ALISON PRATT

Carl VINE | Café Concertino (1984)

Lili BOULANGER | Nocturne (1911/1914)

Sep
18
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Francis POULENC | Sonata for clarinet and bassoon (1922 rev.1945)

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Learn from the composer and performers, and watch the premiere performance.

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The opening for the Australia Ensemble UNSW’s first public performance in 393 days is an arrangement by our very own David Griffiths.