6 May 2018
Time TBA

Macedon Music

Repertoire TBC


Ensemble Françaix is excited to share with listeners the joy of classical music collaboration, inspired by the wit and vibrancy of the 20th-century neoclassical composer Jean Françaix.

The Melbourne-based group was founded in 2016 by three already prominent young musicians, oboist Emmanuel Cassimatis, bassoonist Matthew Kneale and pianist Nicholas Young, who are united in their passion for quality ensemble music-making particularly featuring woodwinds.

Ensemble Françaix delights in the discovery and presentation of captivating and lesser known repertory, as well as premieres of new works by present-day composers, and appears in a variety of combinations alongside guest artists to give an individual taste to every carefully crafted program.

Following the success of their debut concert at South Melbourne Town Hall in August 2016, Ensemble Françaix is looking forward to presenting its first recital series in 2017 as Fellows of the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne, along with additional performances in Brisbane and Sydney, bringing their unique and energetic take on chamber music to audiences around the country.



Emmanuel Cassimatis is a Casual Oboist of the Melbourne, Tasmanian and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras, as well as the 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 is Casual Bassonist 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. As bassonist of Arcadia Winds, he has emerged as one of the prime musicians and artistic thinkers of his generation.

Completing his Bachelor studies in Sydney and Masters studies at 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. 


Jean Françaix: Trio
I. Adagio - Allegro moderato

Jean Françaix: Trio
II. Scherzo

Jean Françaix: Trio
III. Andante

Jean Françaix: Trio
IV. Finale

Michael Head: Trio
I. Allegro andantino

Michael Head: Trio
II. Andantino

Michael Head: Trio
III. Allegro vivace

Francis Poulenc: Trio
I. Lent - Presto

Francis Poulenc: Trio
II. Andante

Francis Poulenc: Trio
III. Rondo. Trés vif


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