Australia Ensemble

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Australia Ensemble at UNSW
Chamber ensemble
Former name Australia Ensemble
Founded 1980

Australia Ensemble at UNSW is an Australian Chamber Group active since 1980.

The group was founded in 1980 as the University of New South Wales Ensemble after a proposal put to the University of New South Wales by musicologist Roger Covell and clarinettist Murray Khouri, then colleagues at the University. In October 1983 the University of New South Wales Ensemble was renamed the Australia Ensemble, Resident at the University of New South Wales.[1]

Since that time it has occupied a prominent position in Australian music, frequently touring in addition to a Sydney-based concert series. International performances have taken the ensemble to the USA, the UK, the then Soviet Union, Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, Poland, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Japan, China, India, South America, South Korea, Vietnam and Thailand. The Ensemble collaborates with major Australian and international performers, and frequently performs new works by Australian composers.


Current members[edit]

  • 1980- Irina Morozova, Viola
  • 1982- Dene Olding, Violin
  • 1983- Geoffrey Collins, Flute
  • 1991- Julian Smiles, Cello
  • 1992- Dimity Hall, Violin
  • 1995- Catherine McCorkill, Clarinet
  • 2000- Ian Munro, Piano

Past members[edit]

  • 1980-1985 Murray Khouri, Clarinet
  • 1980-1981 John Harding, Violin
  • 1980-1990 David Pereira, Cello
  • 1980-1998 David Bollard, Piano
  • 1980-1982 David Stanhope, Horn and Piano
  • 1986 Donald Westlake, guest Clarinet
  • 1987-1991 Nigel Westlake Clarinet
  • 1992-1994 Alan Vivian, Clarinet

Commissioned Works[edit]

Year Composer Work
1984 Carl Vine Café Concertino
1987 Graham Hair Concerto for clarinettist and double ensemble
1988 Carl Vine Miniature IV
1989 Gerard Brophy Seraphita
1989 Nigel Westlake Reflections at Summercloud Bay
1990 Božidar Kos (sl) Catena 2
1992 Roger Smalley Poles Apart
1993 Gordon Kerry Sonata da camera
1995 Brenton Broadstock Celebration – A Symphony for Chamber Ensemble
1996 Julian Yu Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op.37
1997 Elliot Gyger si doux for six instruments
1997 Liza Lim The Heart’s Ear
1999 Barry Conyngham Yearnings
2000 Elena Kats-Chernin Bottleneck Blues
2000 Martin Wesley-Smith fin/début
2001 Christine McCombe Night Alchemy
2002 Mark Isaacs Kensington Rags
2002 Raffaele Marcellino The Art of Perception
2003 Andrew Ford Chamber Concerto No. 4
2004 Ross Edwards Island Landfall
2005 Nigel Westlake String Quartet
2006 Peter Sculthorpe Darwin Calypso
2007 Nigel Westlake Rare Sugar
2007 John Peterson Guilty Pleasures
2007 Andrew Ford Oma Kodu
2008 Stuart Greenbaum Easter Island
2009 Paul Stanhope Light and Motion Studies

Ross Edwards
Andrew Ford
Matthew Hindson
Martin Wesley-Smith
Peter Sculthorpe
Elena Kats-Chernin
Raffaele Marcellino

Anniversary miniatures
2010 Matthew Hindson Light is both a Particle and a Wave
2011 Barry Conyngham Showboat Kalang
2012 Elena Kats-Chernin Interludes and a Rag
2012 Andrew Schultz One Sound
2012 Maria Grenfell Tens Suns Ablaze


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