Sunday 29 March 2020
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MELBOURNE St Stephen's Church

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Sunday 19 April 2020
2:30 PM


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Friday 18 September 2020
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GOULBURN Hume Conservatorium

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Winners of the 1st Queensland International Chamber Music Competition 2019

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 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 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.

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.


Françaix & Poulenc: Trios

Michael Head: Trio
I. Allegro andantino

Michael Head: Trio
II. Andantino

Michael Head: Trio
III. Allegro vivace

Percy Grainger: Molly on the Shore (arr. Ensemble Françaix

Paul Stanhope: Morning Star

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. Peter Luff)

Peter de Jager: Silk Road (World Premiere)

Natalie Wong: I recount I construe (World Premiere)

Stuart Greenbaum: Mondrian Interiors
VIII. Composition with Red, Yellow & Blue

Katia Beaugeais: Terra Incognita (World Premiere)
I. In a mysterious & atmospheric style

Katia Beaugeais: Terra Incognita (World Premiere)
II. Appassionato

Andre Previn: Trio
I. Lively

Andre Previn: Trio
II. Slow

Andre Previn: Trio
III. Jaunty


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