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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Music draws us forward – sometimes urgently as in Mozart and Jennifer Higdon, sometimes with the gentler lyricism of Graeme Koehne’s Time is a River...

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Four composers, four significant birthdays, celebrated in music written in youthful spirits by Vaughan Williams and Xenakis or with the wisdom of maturity, as...

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The elegance of Beethoven’s courtly wind Trio contrasts with the full-blown Romanticism of Brahms’s Third Piano Trio, while Peggy Glanville-Hicks offers...


In our 43rd Subscription Season the Australia Ensemble UNSW welcomes regular guest artists to the stage: Andrew Barnes, bassoon; Tobias Breider, viola; Lerida...

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We are pleased to annouce we will officially launch the Australia Ensemble UNSW 2022 season in November 2021. Please put these in your calendar and hold the dates!

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Join our expert panel: Greta Bradman, Soprano, Psychologist and Radio Broadcaster; David Griffiths, Associate Professor of Music and Australia Ensemble UNSW...