2020 Season | Beethoven and Beyond

 Now forty years young, the Australia Ensemble sets its eyes on a season celebrating Beethoven’s Semiquincentennial or 250th birthday. Our 2020 season is about visionaries, with Beethoven as the central pillar, performing a range of his mature works as well as lesser-known works to round out the experience. We also explore the sort of eclectic programming and diverse instrumental combinations for which the ensemble is well-renowned, in addition to uncovering some less-familiar gems by nineteenth century composers Franz Berwald and Louise Farrenc.

From the canon of established master-pieces we revel in Schumann’s highly-favoured Piano Quartet as well as the supremely dramatic Shostakovich Piano Quintet and the elegiac and heartfelt Brahms Horn Trio. Elena Kats-Chernin’s dramatic Velvet Revolution (written for the same combination of instruments) is about the fall of the Berlin Wall and the ensuing dramas and turmoil, and is one of six Australian pieces programmed, including a newly commissioned work by young Sydney-based composer Holly Harrison whose energetic compositions reference popular music forms that have excited ensembles all around the world.

But not everything is as serious as a Beethoven marble statue: there is plenty of opportunity for light and shade. Levity abounds in the music of Jean Françaix, heard twice in our season, while we are also delighted to reprise Carl Vine’s witty and much-loved Café Concertino, a piece the Australia Ensemble has performed all around the world. We are also happy to welcome Robert Macfarlane to share our stage, whose light and flexible tenor voice is renowned for its clarity and diction, and he is well known for his dramatic performances.

We invite you to enjoy this season and share in our vision and thank you, our audience, for your great support and passion.

Paul Stanhope

Artistic Chair 

Our online booking period has ended. Book your subscription by calling our box office on 02 9385 4874. Single tickets on sale on Saturday 1 February.

Saturday, 26 September 2020 - 8:00pm
Location: Sir John Clancy Auditorium

Saturday, 24 October 2020 - 7:00pm
Location: Sir John Clancy Auditorium

This is your chance to hear all about writing chamber music, straight from the composers themselves.

Australia Ensemble Artistic Chair, Paul Stanhope hosts the 2020 series of Composer Conversations, to which he has invited featured Australian composers in for a chat. These intimate and engaging discussions are free and open to all, with time for questions. This is an opportunity to learn more about being a composer and about a particular work before you hear it live in concert!

Saturday, 24 October 2020 - 8:00pm
Location: Sir John Clancy Auditorium

Australia Ensemble UNSW Lunch Hour Concert


GRAINGER Molly on the Shore arr. David Griffiths

PUTS Four Airs: No. 2 for cello and piano

HINDSON 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8

BRUCH Eight Pieces: 1-4


David Griffiths, clarinet; Dimity Hall, violin; Irina Morozova, viola; Ian Munro, piano; Julian Smiles, cello


Free, all welcome

Australia Ensemble UNSW Lunch Hour Concert


Program to be advised


Goldner String Quartet: Dene Olding, violin; Dimity Hall, violin; Irina Morozova, viola; Julian Smiles, cello


Free, all welcome