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Ensemble Q announces new home at Queensland Performing Arts Center


Queensland Performing Arts Center has announced a new partnership with nationally acclaimed Brisbane-based chamber music group, Ensemble Q.

The ensemble will debut their new stage at QPAC with two equally exquisite concerts Septet and Mills, Mozart and Mahler in September and October, respectively.

Ensemble Q has earned an enviable reputation for brilliant programming and the highest standard of performance – appearing at festivals such as the Australian Festival of Chamber Music and the Queensland Music Festival, as well as national tours for Musica Viva and regular appearances on ABC Classic FM.

Led by clarinetist co-artistic director Paul Dean and cellist Trish Dean, the ensemble counts some of Australia’s finest musicians among its core artists, including solo and principal violin seats of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, soloists and chamber musicians in the national touring network, as well as as a senior teacher at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (QCGU).

QPAC Managing Director John Kotzas AM said switching to QPAC would allow the ensemble to increase its performance capacity and reach new audiences.

“Queensland is home to an incredible array of performing arts talent – ​​and QPAC is proud to have nurtured and supported outstanding local artists and bands through our residency program,” said Mr Kotzas.

“With Ensemble Q, we have another opportunity to spotlight a world-class chamber music ensemble, consisting of string quartet, double bass, wind quintet, piano and percussion, all based right here in Brisbane.

“We are delighted to welcome them as our new company in residence, as they present some of the most beloved chamber music repertoire combined with new discoveries and premieres.”

Ensemble Q co-artistic directors Paul Dean and Trish Dean said the company is excited to take the next steps in bringing performances to QPAC on an ongoing basis.

“Working with Trish and the other members of Ensemble Q is the highlight of my life in chamber music. I am proud that over the past five years, Ensemble Q has become one of the most Australia’s biggest names and I look forward to continuing this wonderful journey on the beautiful stage of the QPAC Concert Hall,” said Mr. Dean.

“I am thrilled to be working with the wonderful team at QPAC and look forward to inviting our audience to our new stage in September and welcoming new friends to our concerts,” said Ms. Dean.

Ensemble Q will present its first septet from the QPAC program on September 11, 2022. The performance will feature Beethoven’s much-loved septet paired with acclaimed composer and Co-Artistic Director Paul Dean’s brand new septet for the same instrumentation.

On October 16, 2022, Ensemble Q will again take the stage of the Concert Hall with Mills, Mozart and Mahler. The performance will include Australian composer Richard Mills’ Little Diary of Transformations, a short work for clarinet and string quartet, followed by Ensemble Q founding pianist and acclaimed soloist Daniel de Borah with his exquisite rendition of Piano Concerto No. 17, K.453 by Mozart. Together in a powerful combination of the complete ensemble, they will close the program with Klaus Simon’s incredible arrangement of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4.

Don’t miss this new chamber music ensemble at the APQQ in two spectacular concert programs in September and October. Tickets are on sale now at qpac.com.au or by phone at 136-246.