About the Ensemble
The Ady Ensemble was founded, by Adrian Head, in 2011. We are a twenty-three piece string ensemble providing innovative and eclectic concerts that are insightful, fun, and rewarding for our audiences. Its diverse repertoire ranges from the 1300s through to the last week, and is derived from classical, pop, techno, avant garde, cult and gaming genres. The ensemble is project-based, consisting of professional graduate performers that comes together to perform two or three times a year.
Some of the ensemble’s highlights over the last five years have included providing the Australian Premiere of Philip Glass’ 3rd Symphony in 2012, a regular participant in the 4MBS Festival of Classics since that year, and being involved in performances at both the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and the University of Queensland School of Music. In 2014, the ensemble performed as part of the CPE Bach-1714 Festival- a world-wide festival, based in Germany, that celebrated the 300th anniversary year of the birth of Carl Phillipp Emmanuel Bach.
Through its Emerging Classics project, the ensemble is committed to providing performance opportunities for Australian composers and arrangers, along with exploring works composed in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries.
The Ady Ensemble is also currently committed to its Dawn of the Symphony project- a long term project which will see the ensemble discover the early symphonies of Eighteenth Century symphonists.
2016 will see the ensemble again give performances at both the 4MBS Festival of Classics, and at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, giving the first performance in Australia in over twenty years of Eddie Sauter’s Focus, written for Stan Getz in 1961. If you’d like more on our current concert series then please click here.