Omega Ensemble shines a light on outstanding musicians, giving every instrument its own voice.

'Chamber music is the core of all good music-making: fine musicians sharing expressions of beauty, passion and reflection in close communication with one another and their audiences. It is a joy to participate both as performer or listener - so I am delighted to support the Omega Ensemble.’ Simone Young AM - Patron

Founded in 2005, Omega Ensemble initially performed in churches and fast became one of Australia’s finest and most lauded chamber groups. Its mission is to showcase outstanding artists who captivate and excite audiences through a revelatory program of chamber music. With a dedication to engaging the finest Australian musicians, as well as international guest artists, Omega presents outstanding musicians in an intimate and stimulating chamber setting.

Omega Ensemble is unique in that the combination of musicians varies for each concert. Ranging from full chamber orchestra to duos it constantly provides a fresh and invigorating musical experience, captivating audiences. Omega’s players pride themselves on performing a diverse range of repertoire; whether it is an iconic gem, a neglected beauty or a brand new work, their passion and commitment to the highest level of craft is still deployed. For audiences, a performance by Omega touches mind, heart and spirit.

To date, the Omega Ensemble has commissioned and performed over twenty new works that demonstrate a Who’s Who roster of Australian composers, including Daniel Rojas (Hard Boiled Overture), Mark Isaacs (Chamber Symphony No. 2), Cyrus Meurant (Eventide Visions), George Palmer, Elena Kats-Chernin, Anne Boyd, Matthew Hindson, Christopher Gordon, John Peterson, Margery Smith, Stuart Greenbaum, Paul Stanhope, Ben Hoadley, and their latest world premiere, Contradance by acclaimed composer, author and music journalist Andrew Ford. 

As well as performing a diverse range of well-known and loved repertoire, Omega Ensemble’s programming includes works that have been lost to time. Omega’s ability to find these pieces and bring them to life spells out a deep love and passion not only for well-known chamber music, but also for exploring gems that delight, entertain and enrich their audiences.

Omega’s innovative approach to concert repertoire and programming is further enhanced by Omega On Demand, in which audiences can relive the magic of a live performance. Beyond these videos, Omega Ensemble’s performances are now included as part of Qantas's inflight entertainment. Omega regularly performs in the iconic Utzon Room of the Sydney Opera House and in City Recital Hall, and tours to country towns including Orange and Bathurst, bringing the passion and joy of chamber music to audiences near and far.

Artists

Natsuko Yoshimoto
Natsuko Yoshimoto
Violin
Veronique Serret
Veronique Serret
Violin
Airena Nakamura
Airena Nakamura
Violin
Alexandra Osborne
Alexandra Osborne
Violin
Catalin Ungureanu
Catalin Ungureanu
Violin
Ike See
Ike See
Violin
Emma Jardine
Emma Jardine
Violin
Neil Thompson
Neil Thompson
Viola
Paul Stender
Paul Stender
Cello
Teije Hylkema
Teije Hylkema
Cello
Svetlana Bogosavljevic
Svetlana Bogosavljevic
Cello
Alex Henery
Alex Henery
Double Bass
Eric Lamb
Eric Lamb
Flute
Celia Craig
Celia Craig
Oboe
David Rowden
David Rowden
Clarinet
Ben Hoadley
Ben Hoadley
Bassoon
Rebecca Allen
Rebecca Allen
Bassoon
Michael Dixon
Michael Dixon
Horn
Maria Raspopova
Maria Raspopova
Piano
Lee Abrahmsen
Lee Abrahmsen
Soprano

Previous Guest Artists

Paul Meyer
Paul Meyer
Clarinet & Conductor
Kathryn Selby
Kathryn Selby
Piano
Timo-Veikko Valve
Timo-Veikko Valve
Cello
Suzie Park
Suzie Park
Violin
James Crabb
James Crabb
Accordion
Faust Quartet
Faust Quartet
String Quartet
Julian Morrow
Julian Morrow
Narrator
Dimitri Ashkenazy
Dimitri Ashkenazy
Clarinet
Simon Tedeschi
Simon Tedeschi
Piano
Andrew Haveron
Andrew Haveron
Violin