Ensemble Q Announces New Home at QPAC

Queensland Performing Arts Center (QPAC) is pleased to announce 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 its brilliant lineup 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 ClassicFM.

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).

APQC Executive Director John Kotzas AM:

Switching to QPAC would allow the ensemble to increase the capacity of its performances and reach new audiences.

Queensland is home to an incredible array of performing arts talent – ​​and QPAC is proud to have encouraged and supported outstanding local artists and bands through our residency program.

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

It is with pleasure that we welcome them as our new company in residence, as they present some of the most appreciated chamber music repertoires combined with new discoveries and premieres.

Paul Dean and Trish Dean, co-artistic directors of Ensemble Q:

The company was excited to take the next steps in bringing performance to the QPAC on an ongoing basis.

Working with Trish and the other members of Ensemble Q is the culmination of my life in chamber music. I’m proud that over the past five years Ensemble Q has become one of Australia’s premier ensembles and I look forward to continuing this wonderful journey on the beautiful stage of QPAC’s Concert Hall.

I am delighted 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.

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.

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