ensemble françaix

Mobirise

2020

New Album:
Cloud Day

A joint collaboration between Australian composer Calogero Panvino, bassoonist Matthew Kneale and Nicholas Young, exploring celebrated and new repertoire for piano and bassoon.

Upcoming

CONCERTS

  • 29

    March
    2020

    australian composers' concert [recording for future streaming]
    MELBOURNE: St Stephen's Church

    Time TBA
  • 26

    April
    2020

    macedon music series [postponed]
    MOUNT MACEDON: Macedon Music
    2:30 PM
  • 3

    May
    2020

    beethoven for five
    MELBOURNE: Tempo Rubato
    2:30 PM
  • 31

    May
    2020

    recital
    MELBOURNE: St Silas Anglican Church
    2:30 PM
  • 2

    August
    2020

    the harp of aeolus
    MELBOURNE: Tempo Rubato
    2:30 PM
  • 18

    September
    2020

    masterclass & concert
    GOULBURN: Hume Conservatorium
    Time TBA

Winners of the 2019 Queensland International Chamber Music Competition

Ensemble Francaix are honoured to be named joint winners of the inaugural Queensland International Chamber Music Competition. Over two competitive rounds of competition, the ensemble presented their first public performance of Ian Whitney's challenging Knismesis and Gargalesis, alongside masterpieces of the oboe-bassoon-piano trio repertory by Poulenc, Francaix and Previn.

MELBOURNE SUNDAY SERIES

Mobirise

SUNDAY 3 MAY 2020, 2:30 PM 
Tempo Rubato, Brunswick

beethoven for five

BEETHOVEN Quintet for Piano & Winds
POULENC Sextet for Piano & Winds

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SUNDAY 2 AUGUST 2020, 2:30 PM
Tempo Rubato, Brunswick

the harp of aeolus

CHOPIN Etude Op. 25 No. 1 'Aeolian Harp' (arr. Ensemble Francaix)
NATALIE WONG I recount I construe
PETER DE JAGER Silk Road
GREENBAUM Mondrian Interiors

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Mobirise

27 SEPTEMBER 2020, 2:30 PM
Tempo Rubato, Brunswick

across the steppes


BORODIN In the Steppes of Central Asia
PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 1 'Classical' (arr. Chris Martin)
RAVEL Pavane for a Dead Princess
MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition

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2020 PREMIERES

May Lyon

I love maths. I also love outerspace. 
29 March | arr. premiere

Matan Franco

New Work (TBA)
29 March | World Premiere

Brenton Broadstock

I touched your glistening tears
29 March | arr. premiere

Stuart Greenbaum

Seeing Earth
26 April | World Premiere

Paul Dean

New Work (TBA)
26 April | World Premiere

Ian Whitney

Fantasy on 'Les Bijoux de Castafiore'
26 April | World Premiere

ABOUT THE ENSEMBLE

Ensemble Francaix

Winners 2019 Queensland International Chamber Music Competition

Ensemble Françaix is thrilled to share with listeners the joy of mixed ensemble collaboration, inspired by the wit and vibrancy of the 20th-century neoclassical French composer Jean Françaix. The Melbourne-based group was founded in 2016 by oboist Emmanuel Cassimatis (MSO, MCO), bassoonist Matthew Kneale (MSO, TSO, OV, Arcadia Winds) and pianist Nicholas Young (Finalist ABC Young Performers Awards 2011), who together form the ensemble’s core as a ’double-reeded’ piano trio. The ensemble incorporates further emerging and established Australian performers as guest artists according to the instrumental needs of each concert program, crafting unique sound palettes for each recital experience that especially celebrate the neglected virtuosity and versatility of woodwinds.

Following the success of their first concert at South Melbourne Town Hall in August 2016, Ensemble Françaix made its international debut in 2017 at the 9th Osaka International Chamber Music Festa and presented its first recital series in Melbourne as Fellows of the Australian National Academy of Music, performing classics by Françaix and Poulenc alongside Mussorgsky, Grainger, Stanhope, Greenbaum, Previn and Andriessen, and premiering newly commissioned compositions by Peter de Jager, Natalie Wong, Katia Beaugeais and Hakan Ulus. Bourgeoning interest in the ensemble’s non-standard instrumentation has inspired further new works from numerous Australian composers including Ben Hoadley, Chris Healey, Calogero Panvino and Brad Taylor-Newling, to be premiered in 2018 and 2019.

Emmanuel Cassimatis

oboe

Emmanuel Cassimatis has served as Guest Principal Oboist of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and Casual Oboist of the Tasmanian and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria. An alumnus of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and former Principal Oboist of the Australian Youth Orchestra, he has performed internationally in many of the world's most prestigious concert halls. Among his wide repertoire, Emmanuel has particular expertise in the music of J.S. Bach, having publicly performed all but two of his approximately two hundred Cantatas.

Matthew Kneale

basoon

Matthew Kneale is Casual Bassoonist of the Melbourne, Adelaide, Queensland and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Wellington, Orchestra Victoria and Victorian Opera. He is a former graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and maintains an active career performing chamber and orchestral music in both Brisbane and Melbourne. Active also as bassoonist and co-founder of Arcadia Winds, Matthew has emerged as one of the prime musicians and artistic thinkers of his generation, and was named winner of the 2017 Freedman Classical Fellowship. www.matthewkneale.com.au

Nicholas Young

piano

A graduate of Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, Nicholas Young has enjoyed a diverse career as solo, chamber and orchestral pianist. He has been a major prizewinner of several national and international competitions, and has performed concerti with the Vienna International Orchestra and Adelaide, West Australian, Queensland and Willoughby Symphony Orchestras.

www.nicholasyoungpiano.com

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