Australia Ensemble UNSW

The Australia Ensemble UNSW has been a cornerstone of chamber music excellence in Australia since its foundation in 1980. Its Sydney-based series consistently presents a mix of substantial and unusual repertoire, with a focus on elite artists and works by Australian composers, sustained since Roger Covell and Murray Khouri established the group at UNSW. Its core membership has been maintained by key artists, which in 2024 includes Dimity Hall (violin), David Griffiths (clarinet), and Julian Smiles (cello), working with emeritus and guest artists. As the heart of culture at UNSW, the Australia Ensemble draws community to campus and is an embodiment of the UNSW motto 'Knowledge by Heart, Hand and Mind'.

As well as concert performances, the Australia Ensemble UNSW has a long history of commissions, workshops, recordings, and touring, and continues to deliver the Layton Emerging Composer Fellowship to support the next generation of leading Australian composers.

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James Crabb High Res 2 (photo credit Christoffer Askman -

Imagining times past, Dvořák evokes the Balkan bagpipe with the accordion in his Bagatelles, where Piazzolla’s instrument depicts the sacred and profane moods...

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Music is so often a response to love: the pain of a failed affair suffuses Glinka’s unusually scored trio, while Carl Vine’s Strutt Sonata was commissioned to...

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Did you catch David Griffiths’ recent performances in Queenstown?


Australia Ensemble UNSW's second concert of 2024 welcomes back our very own alumni, Tahlia Petrosian, law graduate to internationally acclaimed musician, director and...


Joining Australia Ensemble UNSW's second concert of 2024 on 18 May, is phenomenal international pianist, David Fung.