Ensemble Liaison


Ensemble Liaison 2020 Projects

Ensemble Liaison welcomes your generous support to assist in the presentation of their 14th season of the Ensemble Liaison and Friends season along with other touring and recording projects.

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Given the extreme challenges of COVID-19 we do not know when it will be possible to start presenting our concerts again. Concert 1 has been cancelled but we very much hope that concerts 2 and 3 may be able to go ahead.

Many have asked if they can donate their tickets from cancelled concerts back to Ensemble Liaison. Here is the best place to do that. Here are the details of the 2020 season. We hope we can get back up and running as soon as possible!

We are delighted to present our 14th season of EL & Friends in the beautiful acoustics of the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall at the MRC and can’t wait to celebrate the legacy of Beethoven, 2020 marking his 250 anniversary. Our opening concert will pay homage to the great master with his own trio arrangement of one of his most successful compositions.

We are excited that Timothy has finally put on his composers hat and written a trio for us as he pays tribute to the timeless beauty of Beethoven’s Für Elise and we present Mussorgsky’s masterpiece, Pictures at an Exhibition in our own special arrangement for trio.

We are absolutely thrilled to welcome brilliant British pianist Kathy Stott for a fun evening of film and opera with Bernstein’s West Side Story, Earl Wilde transcriptions, and virtuosic operatic transcriptions for clarinet and piano.

To conclude the season, we are delighted to collaborate with the talented musicians and staff of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music to present a program that includes Saint-Säens brilliant children’s piece, Carnival of the Animals. David will present Steve Reich’s New York counterpoint in a spectacle of clarinet power and we can’t wait to play a new commission especially written for Ensemble Liaison by the brilliant American composer and pianist, John Novacek.

The Ensemble Liaison & Friends series has become known as a tour de force renowned for imaginative and innovative programming, setting the trend for brilliant collaborations with leading artists.

The Ensemble Liaison will also record its sixth CD in 2020 featuring some of the previously recorded audience favourites.

Contributions from individual donors will assist Ensemble Liaison with ongoing operational costs whilst COVID-19 social distancing measures are in place. Once those restrictions have eased, donations will also assist with the expense of domestic travel for guest artists and costs associated with presenting the 2020 Series, including publicity, brochure production and administration costs.

Thank you for your ongoing support and we look forward to performing for you again very soon!


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Ensemble Liaison is a unique chamber music partnership formed in 2006 between David Griffiths (clarinet), Svetlana Bogosavljevic (cello) and Timothy Young (piano).

As suggested by their name, collaborations form the basis of their artistic and musical vision, and partners to-date have included, Nemanja Radulovic, Peter Coleman-Wright, Cheryl Barker, Emma Matthews, Ray Chen, Henning Kraggerud, Anthony Marwood, Wilma Smith, Tony Gould, Caroline Henbest, Simon Oswell, Elizabeth Sellars, Roy Theaker, Fiona Sargeant, Monica Curro, Alex Henery, Mardi McSullea, Roger Jonsson, David Jones, Peter Wilson, Paul Grabowsky, Michael Leighton Jones, Greta Bradman, and principal members of the Australian Ballet.

Ensemble Liaison performed their debut concert for ABC Classic FM in 2006, which featured in “The best of Sunday Live” for that year, and their inaugural Concert Series was held at The Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne in 2007. In 2010 they were invited to relocate to the stunning Elisabeth Murdoch Hall at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

Described by Limelight magazine as a ‘national treasure’, they have performed across Australia and New Zealand and in 2012 gave a series of festival performances in Central Europe.

Critics have hailed their performances with superlatives such as “spellbinding”, “flawless”, “a revelation”, “moving”, “joyous”, “polished”, “stunningly blended”, “engaging”, “powerful and having boundless lyricism, enthusiasm and dexterity”.

They have been regularly recorded for broadcast on ABC Classic FM and 3MBS and have released recordings on both the Melba Recordings and Tall Poppies labels. ENSEMBLE LIAISON was appointed Ensemble in Residence at Monash University in 2010.


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