"Extremely fine ensemble playing matched with an enthusiastic presentation. The ensemble performed to the highest of standards"
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"The philosophy behind the Hourglass Ensemble is that every musician is a storyteller and the sound itself must at all times be beautiful."
The group returned from a highly successful debut tour of Poland, Switzerland, Germany and Austria in 2017, and are about to release their first two EPs. They'll return to Europe and add North America to their audience in 2018.
flute, clarinet, violin, cello, harp, soprano, baritone, piano
music of Massenet, Ball, Grantham, Kennedy
concerts in Brisbane and Sydney, March 2018
Heaven, Harp and Humanity
flute, clarinet, viola, harp, piano
music of Prokofiev, Rojas, Kennedy, Smith, Saint-Saens, Brumby
concerts in Sydney and Newcastle, October 2017
Prelude to a Kiss
flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, percussion, mezzo-soprano, piano
music of Ellington/Fitzgerald, Chopin, Whitwell, Lam, Hansen
concerts in Sydney, August 2017
European Tour, "The Spirit of Australia", April 2017
flute, clarinet, viola, harp, piano
music of Debussy, Kennedy, Rojas, Bruch
concerts in Munich, Vienna, Salzburg, Krakow, Katowice and more
Danzas Amorosas, March 2017
flutes, clarinets, violin, cello, soprano, piano
music of Verdi, Ball, Laitman, Rojas, Ravel, Holland
The Silence of Thousands, October 2016
flutes, clarinets, violin, cello, mezzo, piano
music of Vine, Tesch-Muller, Kennedy, Brahms
Journey to the Underworld, July 2016
flutes, clarinets, saxophone quartet
music of Ball, Ginastera, Gilmour, Kennedy, Smith
Europe Tour, July 2016
flute, clarinet, harp, piano
music of Vine, Faure, Ibert, Kennedy, Ball, Rosiak
Ink Games, April 2016
flute, clarinet, viola, piano
music of Spike, Bruch, Hair, Holley, Kennedy
Hourglass Beach, October 2015
soprano, baritone, flutes, clarinets, violin, piano
music of Rosiak, Porebski, Baczewicz, Kennedy, Smith, Sculthorpe
Le Voyager Sans Bagage, April 2015
actor, clarinets, violin, viola, four-hand piano
music of Schumann, Kennedy, Ball, Bruch, Milhaud, Gounod/Bach
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After his music qualifications, Andrew took a decade off to become a medical doctor and then specialise in anaesthetics. Luckily his passion for music was reignited to heights beyond any before and he set sail on the voyage to the Sydney arts scene. He regularly appears at major festivals and concert venues in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and regional centres. In 2013 he was guest solo recitalist at the Australasian Saxophone and Clarinet Conference in Sydney, and in 2014 he played the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the NSW Doctors’ Orchestra. In 2015 he has been guest artist with several Australian orchestras, and in 2016 is touring the conservatoire of southern Poland and Romania, notably for the Wroclaw International Summer Chamber Music Festival in July. He was soloist with Michelle Urquhart with the New South Wales Doctors Orchestra in Bruch’s Double Concerto. In 2017, he lead the Hourglass Ensemble tour of Poland, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
Andrew is the principal clarinetist of the NSW, Australian and World Doctors Orchestras and he performs solo and chamber recitals regularly throughout Australia, with the Hourglass Ensemble and contemporary chamber group Wind Energy. He has played in Singapore, Barbados, Romania, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, and Japan, and sung in England, Scotland, Hungary, Germany, the Czech Republic, and New Zealand. Andrew has a particular love of and affinity for performance with string players and singers, and champions the accessibility of enjoyment of music for non-musicians of all ages.
Andrew was judge of the finals of the major instrumental scholarships of the Sydney Eistedfodd in 2015 and 2017. He regularly donates his time as clarinetist and composer to causes such as the White Ribbon Day, Lions Save Sight Foundation, and Day of Difference Foundation.
In the composition world, Andrew is always busy writing for novel combinations of instruments as dictated by the changing lineup of the Hourglass Ensemble. In 2014 his piece for sextet of saxophones and clarinets, “The Pinch Part 2”, was toured by the Barega Quartet in east coast Australia, and in 2015 his compositions, “Poema de la Despedida” and the song cycle, “Hourglass Beach”, both premiered at the Utzøn Room of the Sydney Opera House. In 2016 he was premiered, firstly for "Ink Games" and "The Last Goodbye" in April, then with Barega Saxophone Quartet in July for "Journey to the Underworld", where his new piece “Sunken City” was premiered. Later, the song cycle "The Silence of Thousands" was debuted at the Opera House, and in 2016 and 2017 his piece "Botany Bay" was heard throughout Europe.
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In 2015 she travelled to Italy performing in historically and culturally significant venues in around the Marché Region with pianist Keith Mitchell (“Duo Australiano”), with a return trip confirmed for 2017. She has been invited to perform in the U.K as part of the tour. She is also launching her own concert series in Mosman this year, and will be soloist with the NSW Doctors Orchestra in Bruch’s Double Concerto in May 2016.
Michelle's music career started when she was eight years old, with violin teacher Gill Christie. At age 11, she made her debut as concert soloist with orchestra in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House. From high school into the Sydney Conservatorium, Michelle studied with Alex Todicescu on violin and viola, and was awarded the Overall Winner of the NSW (Ku-ring-gai) Concerto Competition. Having also been selected as Musician of the Year from Pan Pacific International Music Camps in 1990, she was granted a Qantas-sponsoered scholarship to study in the United States. Michelle furthered studies on viola with Jeremy Williams and in 2010 was awarded Distinction for her A.Mus.A diploma on viola. Michelle completed her GradDipPMus through the University of Tasmania. During these studies she was principal violist with the Tasmanian Discovery Orchestra and toured Tasmania with the Jan Sedivka Camerata.
During her studies, Ewa received a number of awards in international competitions, including:
- Finals of Sydney Flute Festival Open Flute Competition, September 2007
- 1st Prize, International Woodwind and Brass Competition, Wroclaw, Poland, 2004
- 1st Prize, National Flute Competition, Olsztyn, Poland, 2000
- 3rd Prize, International Woodwind Competition, Jastrzebie Zdroj, Poland, 1998
In December 2003, Ewa performed in a Gala Concert in Czech Republic Parliament with Catherine Cantin, flute lecturer at Paris Conservatorium of Music. In 2004 she performed in the Wroclaw Film Festival and recorded and toured with the Wroclaw Chamber Orchestra.
Shortly after receiving the Master of Music degree, Ewa migrated to Australia and soon gave her first solo recital in Sydney, at the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland. In 2006 Ewa performed at Polart Festival in Hobart, Tasmania, giving both solo and chamber music recitals, which were broadcast nationally by ABC Classic FM.
Ewa joined the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra on a casual position. She gave a performance at the concert celebrating Chopin's 200th birthday at the Sydney City Recital Hall, Angel Place attended by the Ambassador of Poland Andrzej Jaroszynski, the Polish Consul General Daniel Gromann and the Governor of NSW, Professor Marie Bashir AC. (March, 2010). Ewa also performed a solo recital at Flute Tree in Sydney in October 2011 featuring works of twentieth Century composers.
More recently, as a member of composer Kristofer’s Spike’s Wind Energy, Ewa recorded two albums, one of which, “Deck Chairs on the Titanic”, was launched at the Sydney Opera House in 2011. She also continues to collaborate with Sydney Contemporary Orchestra and teaches flute at International Grammar School and Hunters Hill Public School.
In 2013 she completed a Music Performance Course (The University of Sydney) where she mastered the performance skills with a lecturer and Sydney based pianist and composer, Dr. Daniel Rojas. In order to enrich her professional training and personal development, Ewa has in 2016 completed a Graduate Diploma in Psychology course at The University of Sydney.
Currently, Ewa is collaborating with the Hourglass Ensemble, who launched its first successful performances in The Flute Tree and in Sydney Opera House in October 2015, followed by the Ink Games recital series held at the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland and Sydney Opera House in April 2016. She will continue with Hourglass in the next two projects, Journey to the Underworld in July 2016, and The Silence of Thousands in Novemeber 2016.
In 1999 Gregory completed his Master of Arts degree in an accelerated three years instead of the usual five. Following post-graduate work in Norway and Poland, he returned to Sydney in 2000. From 2001 to 2006 Gregory was a piano lecturer at the Australian International Conservatorium of Music in Harris Park, NSW. In 2003 He additionally completed his Bachelor of Teaching degree at the University of Western Sydney. He also held a position as a piano teacher at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Conservatorium in Penrith, NSW teaching the advanced students up until 2011. He currently works full time at Trinity Grammar School as an associate artist in the music department. Gregory has performed in Australia, Poland, Norway, Germany, Russia, France, Czech Republic Singapore and Japan.
Gregory brings a new vital energy to classical piano music. His repertoire ranges from Bach to 20th century composers such as the great Polish woman composer Grazyna Bacewicz. His prizes at international competitions have included:
- 3rd Prize in the F. Chopin Competition in Szafarnia, Poland 1993.
- Artistic Scholarship from the F. Chopin Foundation in Warsaw, 1994.
- 3rd Prize in the M. Magin Competition in Paris, 1995.
- 2nd Prize in the National Competition in Zagan, Poland 1996.
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The Barega Saxophone Quartet
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