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Syzygy Ensemble

Artists: Syzygy Ensemble

Laila Engle, flutes
Robin Henry, clarinets
Leigh Harrold, piano
Jenny Khafagi, violin
Blair Harris, cello

Syzygy Ensemble is an award-winning contemporary music group based in Melbourne. After just one year of performing together they were awarded first prize in the chamber music section of the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition and, subsequently, were the only Australian group selected to perform at the 2011 Gaudeamus International Interpreter’s Award in Amsterdam. Since then, they have gained a reputation as one of Australia’a finest new music ensembles, lauded for their virtuoso precision, innovative programming, and ability to connect with their audiences. They were nominated for a Helpmann Award for a George Crumb tribute concert in 2012, and in 2014 were the recipient of the Melbourne Recital Centre’s Contemporary Masters Award. Last year they released their debut CD, ‘Making Signs’, containing specially commissioned works by some of Australia's finest composers.

As passionate musicians who delight in communicating with their audiences, Syzygy have designed an introductory program to inspire music lovers with a selection of future classics - from the thrilling virtuosity of Takuma Itoh’s “Parallel Divergence” to the ethereal effervescence of David Lang’s “Sweet Air” - reward your curiosity and experience these stunning works.


Gordon KERRY - Making Signs (10min)
Takuma ITOH - Parallel Divergence (6min)
David LANG - Sweet Air (8min)
Brenton BROADSTOCK - Syzygy (15min)
Katy ABBOTT KVASNICA - Hidden Thoughts (new work)

Technical Requirements:

A tuned grand piano, four music stands and five chairs.


Optimum time for the ensemble would be July, August or September 2017.

Audience Engagement activities:

Syzygy Ensemble has developed a range of innovative activities to support audience engagement and development. More information available upon request.

“I stand energised not only by the quality of the art Syzygy presents, but by their youthful dynamism, their unrelenting directness, and the strength and singularity of their artistic vision.” Illario Colli – Limelight Magazine

Book Artist:

Travel to centres in regional NSW is subsidised through the support of Arts NSW. Musica Viva can book the artists, arrange all travel and accommodation, provide posters, flyers and program information.
If you are interested in bringing an ensemble to your town or city, please contact:

Melissa Cannon
Countrywide Manager