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Meet the musicians of the ARIA award-winning Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. Discover more about your favourite Brandenburg musicians in a series of entertaining profiles. Click the image above of the orchestra or scroll down the page and slide across the video carousels to discover more.

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AUSTRALIAN BRANDENBURG ORCHESTRA

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, led by charismatic Artistic Director Paul Dyer, celebrates the music of the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries with excellence, flair and joy. Comprising leading specialists in historically informed performance practice from all over Australia, the Brandenburg performs using original edition scores and instruments of the period, breathing fresh life and vitality into Baroque and Classical masterpieces – as though the music has just sprung from the composer’s pen. The Orchestra’s name pays tribute to the Brandenburg Concertos of J.S. Bach, whose musical genius was central to the Baroque era. The Brandenburg has collaborated with such acclaimed and dynamic virtuosi as Andreas Scholl, Philippe Jaroussky, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Emma Kirkby, Andreas Staier, Elizabeth Wallfisch, Genevieve Lacey, Andrew Manze and more.

The Brandenburg’s 20 recordings with ABC Classics include five ARIA Award winners for Best Classical Album (1998, 2001, 2005, 2009 and 2010). In 2015 the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra was the recipient of the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Group Award and in 2016 the Helpmann Award for Best Chamber Concert.

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the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra is Australia’s finest period-instrument ensemble. Under their inspiring musical director Paul Dyer, their vibrant concerts and recordings combine historical integrity with electrifying virtuosity and a passion for beauty.
GRAMOPHONE MAGAZINE UK

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a concert with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra is like stepping back in time, as the sounds of period instruments resurrect Baroque and Classical works with reverence and authority.
THE AUSTRALIAN

Image Credit: Georges Antoni, 2019

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Photo Credit Georges Antoni 2019

PAUL DYER

Co-founder & Artistic Director, Conductor, Harpsichord, Chamber Organ, Fortepiano

Artistic Director position supported by Mick and Lyndall McCormack

View an interview with Paul Dyer here.

SHAUN LEE-CHEN

Concertmaster, Baroque Violin

Concertmaster chair supported by Jacqui and John Mullen

Core Brandenburg Musician

MATT BRUCE

Associate Concertmaster, Baroque Violin

Core Brandenburg Musician

BEN DOLLMAN

Principal Second Baroque Violin

Core Brandenburg Musician

MONIQUE O'DEA

Principal Baroque Viola

Founding Member of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

Monique O’Dea appears courtesy of Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Sydney (staff)

JAMIE HEY

Principal Baroque Cello

Principal Baroque Cello Chair supported by Mrs W.G. Keighley

Core Brandenburg Musician

ROBERT NAIRN

Principal Baroque Bass, Violone

Core Brandenburg Musician

TOMMIE ANDERSSON

Principal Theorbo, Baroque Guitar

Founding Member of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

Principal Theorbo, Baroque Guitar Chair supported by the Alexandra and Lloyd Martin Family Foundation and friends in memory of Lloyd Martin AM

Core Brandenburg Musician

View an interview with Tommie Andersson here.

MELISSA FARROW

Principal Baroque Flute, Recorder

Principal Baroque Flute, Recorder Chair supported by Robyn Martin-Weber and Victoria Taylor

Core Brandenburg Musician

View an interview with Melissa Farrow here.

KIRSTEN BARRY

Baroque Oboe

Core Brandenburg Musician

JANE GOWER

Baroque Bassoon

LEANNE SULLIVAN

Baroque Trumpet

BRIAN NIXON

Timpani, Percussion

JAMES ARMSTRONG

Baroque Violin

Member of the Young Mentorship Program 2018 and 2019

AARON BROWN

Baroque Violin

RAFAEL FONT

Baroque Violin

MATTHEW GRECO

Baroque Violin

NATALIA HARVEY

Baroque Violin

SHANE LESTIDEAU

Baroque Violin

ANNA MCMICHAEL

Baroque Violin

LORRAINE MOXEY

Baroque Violin

Founding Member of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

Lorraine Moxey appears courtesy of Kinross Wolaroi School, Orange (staff)

BIANCA PORCHEDDU

Baroque Violin

Bianca Porcheddu appears courtesy of Gold Creek Senior School, an International Baccalaureate World School, Canberra (Staff)

CATHERINE SHUGG

Baroque Violin

SIMONE SLATTERY

Baroque Violin

EMMA WILLIAMS

Baroque Violin

DEIDRE DOWLING

Baroque Viola

JAMES ECCLES

Baroque Viola

CHRISTIAN READ

Baroque Viola

KATHERINE YAP

Baroque Viola

MARIANNE YEOMANS

Baroque Viola

DAN CURRO

Baroque Cello

ANTHEA COTTEE

Baroque Cello, Viola da Gamba

View an interview with Anthea Cottee here

ROSEMARY QUINN

Baroque Cello

ANTON BABA

Viola da Gamba, Baroque Cello

LAURA MOORE

Viola da Gamba, Baroque Cello

LAURA VAUGHAN

Lirone, Viola da Gamba

LIBBY BROWNING

Baroque Bass, Violone

MIKAELA OBERG

Baroque Flute, Recorder

EMMA BLACK

Baroque Oboe

CHRISTOPHER PALAMETA

Baroque Oboe

CRAIG HILL

Period Clarinet, Basset Clarinet 

Craig Hill appears courtesy of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (staff)

NICOLE VAN BRUGGEN

Period Clarinet

ASHLEY SUTHERLAND

Period Clarinet

LISA GOLDBERG

Baroque Bassoon

BROCK IMISON

Baroque Bassoon

SIMONE WALTERS

Baroque Bassoon

CHRISTINA LEONARD

Soprano Saxophone

DORÈE DIXON

Baroque Horn

MICHAEL DIXON

Baroque Horn

LISA WYNNE-ALLEN

Baroque Horn

Lisa Wynne-Allen appears courtesy of the Opera Australia Orchestra

RICHARD FOMISON

Baroque Trumpet

MATTHEW MANCHESTER

Baroque Trumpet, Cornetto 

ALEX BIERI

Baroque Trumpet

NIGEL CROCKER

Sackbut, Period Trombone

ROSLYN JORGENSEN

Sackbut, Period Trombone

KEAL COUPER

Sackbut, Period Trombone

JESS CIAMPA

Percussion

NICHOLAS POLLOCK

Theorbo, Baroque Guitar

HANNAH LANE

Baroque Harp

JOANNA BUTLER

Harpsichord, Chamber Organ

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra (staff)

HEIDI JONES

Harpsichord, Chamber Organ

Heidi Jones appears courtesy of SCEGGS, Sydney (staff)

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