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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 viscerally with their audiences. Apart from having a regular subscription series at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Syzygy has had great success touring regional Victoria, allowing remote audiences the chance to experience (and even participate in!) contemporary masterworks such as “Quartet for the End of Time’, ‘In C’, and Rzewski’s ‘Les Moutons de Panurge’. 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 for their performance of Robert Dzubay’s ‘Kukulkan 2’. Last year they released their debut CD, ‘Making Signs’, containing specially commissioned works by Gordon Kerry and Brenton Broadstock, as well as premiere recordings by Brett Dean and Annie Hsieh.