As part of our mission statement to present a variety of chamber music (works lost to time, the crowing jewels of the repertoire) we also present a number of new works each year so that audiences who love chamber music can get a taste of what chamber music sounds like now and into the future. This year we have five premieres including three world premiere performances of new works by Australian and international composers. Throughout the season you'll get to hear brand new works and works performed for the first time in Australia, some of which have been composed especially for Omega Ensemble.
Whether you love the classics, discovering old gems or hearing new music Omega has something for everyone . Explore our 2018 premieres below.
Elena is one of Australia's most prominent composers. Her famous pieces include Eliza's Aria from her ballet score Wild Swans. Her music was featured in the 2000 Commonwealth Games and she he recently composed the score for the television opera The Divorce and composed and recorded a new CD inspired by the unsent love letters of Erik Satie. Recently, Elena celebrated her 'second 30th' with the release of a 10-disc boxset on ABC classics, and a gala concert at City Recital Hall. Her music is defined by its eclectic range of influences from Baroque to Rags, her infectious melodies, and vivid musical colouring. Read more about Elena here.
Russian Rag -
Nonet Version arranged especially for Omega Ensemble
Ian is a muched loved and respected concert pianist and composer. We recorded his clarinet quintet, Songs from the Bush on our 2016 debut album and we are delighted to premiere his new A Forest of Birds, for voice and piano, based on poems by Judith Wright. Learn more about Ian here.
A Forest of Birds
Samuel is a British pianist, conductor and composer. Samuel composed us this new trio in a joint comission with ChamberMusicBox. It recieved its world premiere in 2017 and we are delighted to have Samuel here to perform the piano part with us in 2018. Read more about Samuel here.
Trio for Clarinet, Cello & Piano
Born in Stamford, Connecticut in 1970, David Bruce grew up in England and now enjoys a growing reputation on both sides of the Atlantic. Bruce's music draws on the wild dances and heart-felt laments of gypsy music, flamenco, klezmer and other folk traditions, as well as having a direct connection to composers like Stravinsky, Janacek, Berio and Bartok who shared similar passions. Often witty and always colourful, pulsing with earthy rhythms, Bruce's music has a directness rarely heard in contemporary music, but also contains an emotional core of striking intimacy and sensitivity. Learn more here.
Gumboots (Australian Premiere) Clarinet Quintet
"Gumboots is in two parts of roughly equal length, the first is tender and slow moving, at times 'yearning'; at times seemingly expressing a kind of tranquility and inner peace."
Gerard has been commissioned and performed by some of the world’s leading ensembles, including the Melbourne, Queensland, Tasmanian, West Australian, Sydney and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras: the Malaysian Philharmonic; and the BBC Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras, to name a few. Over recent years he has developed a keen interest in collaborating with artists from other disciplines and he is particularly active in the areas of ballet, dance and electronica. Learn more here.
We Two Boys Together Clinging Together (after the poems of Walt Whitman) for 2 Clarinets and Strings
If you love great music and don't want to a miss a bit, explore our 2018 season subscription packages for both the Virtuoso and Master Series. There are great discounts and deals for subscribers and your favorite seat will be reserved for all of our concerts throughout the year.