The Australian Haydn Ensemble

Australian Haydn Ensemble

Since its formation in 2011, The Australian Haydn Ensemble has enjoyed rapid success, quickly establishing a reputation as a high calibre period instrument group specialising in late baroque and early classical repertoire. Its rapid success has firmly established it as a strong presence in the Australian music scene.

Under the artistic direction of Principal Violinist Skye McIntosh, the AHE has developed a flourishing series at the Sydney Opera House Utzon Room and at the Australian National University as 2014 Ensemble In Residence.<

The Ensemble has presented a host of unique chamber music and orchestral programmes working with a range of world-class musicians including Neal Peres Da Costa, Erin Helyard, Catherine MackIntosh (UK), Marc Destrubé (Canada).

Based in Sydney, The Australian Haydn Ensemble has become a regular fixture at the Sydney Opera House, presenting four programmes of their own in the intimate Utzon Room environment.

AHE are particularly interested in presenting unusual programmes of chamber versions, both historical and new, of well loved symphonic works from the early classical era, as well as lesser known contemporaries of the composers we know and love.

The musicians are engaged on many levels: as core members, soloists and a source of artistic inspiration for the Ensemble.

The Ensemble brings together a wealth of expertise of first class period and modern ensembles and orchestras from all over the world, such as The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, The Australian Chamber Orchestra, The English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (London), The Irish Chamber Orchestra, Berliner Sinfonie Orchester, Little Baroque Company (London), Pinchgut Opera (Orchestra of the Antipodes), Salut! Baroque, New Dutch Academy (Holland), The Gabrieli Consort (London), The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Opera Victoria, The English Baroque Soloists (London), Welsh National Opera, English National Opera & Ballet (London), The Noise (Contemporary String Quartet, Sydney), Collegium Musicum Den Haag, Musica Poetica, Concerto d’Amsterdam, Sydney Omega Ensemble, Les Talens Lyriques, Juilliard415 and Orchestra of the Romantic Revolution.

“..a young and engaged group” SHM 2013

 “natural phrasing refreshingly free of the mannerism that original instrument groups are sometimes prone to” SMH 2013

 “Textural clarity and sectional interplay illuminated their inventiveness while lilting rhythms and emphatic staccatos enlivened the finales.” The Australian 2013

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