“Sydney’s Chamber Music All-Stars”

Omega Ensemble are one of Australia’s foremost professional chamber music groups. Founded in 2005 by clarinettist David Rowden, the Ensemble have fast became a powerful musical force in Sydney, hailed as ‘first-rate musicians’ (the Daily Telegraph) and ’one of the best chamber music outfits in town’ (Sydney Morning Herald).

The Ensemble present some of Australia’s most outstanding talents, as well as international guest artists, in a powerful chamber music setting. In addition to their work with the Ensemble, many of Omega’s core musicians also hold principal roles in professional orchestras, including Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Opera Australia Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, USA.

The Ensemble’s artistic programs are diverse and provocative, presenting music from the late-Baroque to 20th Century, as well as frequent World and Australian premieres. Omega have to date commissioned over 40 works from leading composers, including Elena Kats-Chernin, Andrew Ford, Matthew Hindson, George Palmer and most recently American composer Nico Muhly.

Omega Ensemble perform regularly in Sydney and Melbourne, as well as frequent touring to regional areas and appearances at national music festivals. In addition to performances at home, Omega has also toured to China, with sellout performances and masterclasses at the Beijing Central Conservatory, Chang Chun’s JiLin College of Arts and Dalian University.

In addition to concert performances, Omega also maintains a growing On Demand catalogue of live concert videos, available online as well as broadcast on Australia’s national airline, Qantas, In-flight Entertainment. The Ensemble’s live performances regularly air on radio, including ABC Classic FM and the Ensemble’s debut studio album was released on ABC Classics in 2016. In 2018 the Ensemble launched the Omega Classics label for independent release of new studio recordings, and an expansive back catalogue of live recordings.

Artists

Veronique Serret
Veronique Serret
Violin
Airena Nakamura
Airena Nakamura
Violin
Alexandra Osborne
Alexandra Osborne
Violin
Catalin Ungureanu
Catalin Ungureanu
Violin
Neil Thompson
Neil Thompson
Viola
Amanda Verner
Amanda Verner
Viola
Paul Stender
Paul Stender
Cello
Alex Henery
Alex Henery
Double Bass
Sally Walker
Sally Walker
Flute
Celia Craig
Celia Craig
Oboe
Nicola Bell
Nicola Bell
Oboe
David Rowden
David Rowden
Clarinet
Georgina Oakes
Georgina Oakes
Clarinet
Todd Gibson-Cornish
Todd Gibson-Cornish
Michael Dixon
Michael Dixon
Horn
Maria Raspopova
Maria Raspopova
Piano
Lee Abrahmsen
Lee Abrahmsen
Soprano
Clemens Leske
Clemens Leske
Piano

Previous Guest Artists

Ben Hoadley
Ben Hoadley
Bassoon
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