Musicians from the Australian Chamber Orchestra
Musicians from the Australian Chamber Orchestra Image: Prudence Upton
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Celebrated musicians from the Australian Chamber Orchestra, performing on exquisite Golden Age instruments up to 400 years in age; charismatic musicians from Australia’s finest period-instrument ensemble, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, and young principals from the Sydney Youth Orchestras take up residence in the Hintze Hall to perform Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Borodin, Mendelssohn, Bach, Handel and Brahms.

A quartet from the acclaimed Australian Chamber Orchestra is led by Ilya Isakovich, who performs on his Marcin Groblicz violin, made in 1600. Ilya is joined by Maja Savnik playing her 1714 Giuseppe Guarneri, ex Isolde Menges violin, Nicole Divall on viola and Melissa Barnard on a beautiful 1846 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume cello. Repertoire will include Tchaikovsky’s Andante Cantabile, Mozart’s Divertimento, Borodin’s Nocturne and Mendelssohn’s first movement from Quartet in e-minor.

Artistic Director Paul Dyer and Principal Traverso Melissa Farrow have combined their creative energies to curate a sweet and vibrant program of Baroque and Classical chamber music inspired by folk traditions of the British Isles. Melissa Farrow will be joined by Anthea Cottee and James Armstrong to perform works by Franz Joseph Haydn, Carl Friedrich Abel, Ignaz Josef Pleyel and Francesco Geminiani.

The Sydney Youth Orchestras’ trio and quartet comprises section principals from the organisation's most senior ensemble. In addition to orchestral concerts at the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Town Hall and Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Youth Orchestras musicians regularly feature in prominent events including Carols in the Domain, Sydney Festival and the 2019 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Lead by violinist James Armstrong, the ensembles are excited to present a varied program, ranging from Bach, Mozart and Haydn to Beyonce, Rihanna and Vance Joy.

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