Clarinet, Co-Artistic Director And Founder
David Rowden was born in Sydney and studied clarinet from a young age. He was later awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music, London, where he won the Geoffrey Hawkes Prize for clarinet performance in 2004. Whilst overseas, David studied in Italy with Anthony Pay at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Siena, in France at the Academie de Villecroze with French clarinetist Paul Meyer, and also at the Pacific Music Festival in Japan.
Since returning to Sydney David has performed as a freelance orchestral musician with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, The Queensland Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and as Guest Principal clarinet with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2011 he was a finalist in the ABC Young Performer of the Year Awards performing Copland’s Clarinet Concerto with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. As a freelance chamber musician, David has performed as a guest artist with the Australia Ensemble and Sydney Soloists. During 2013 and 2014 David curated the House Music series at Government House, Sydney, one of the most popular and acclaimed music series in Sydney.
Maria Raspopova is an acclaimed and virtuosic chamber musician and recitalist. She is the resident pianist with one of Australia’s foremost chamber groups, Omega Ensemble, and has performed with a number of acclaimed Australian and international musicians.
Maria began learning the piano at a young age in her home country of Russia. At seventeen she moved to Australia with her family and soon commenced studies at Sydney Conservatorium of Music where her teachers were Gerard Willems and Philip Shovk. Shortly after, Maria was awarded a scholarship to study with Philip Kawin (Professor of Piano at the Manhattan School of Music). Since returning to Australia, Maria has recorded and performed recitals in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney. During the past few years she has recorded and premiered new Australian works and performed at both the Art Gallery of New South Wales and in the Government House Music series with acclaimed soprano Emma Matthews.