At the heart of the Australian Haydn Ensemble is a core of talented, enthusiastic and dynamic members, each of whom is a specialist in historical performance practice. This new and exciting chamber ensemble specialises in music from the classical and early Romantic Periods, performed on instruments of the 18th century.
Founded in 2012 by Artistic Director Skye McIntosh, the group aims to become one of Australia's leading period ensembles, developing a regular series in Sydney and Melbourne as well as touring to other Australian cities and regional areas. 2013 has seen the launch of their own series at the Sydney Opera House Utzon Room. The group have also launched their own Winter Arts Festival in the Yarra Valley at Strathvea Guest House, which features members of the ensemble in residency and in collaboration with other musicians and artists. The group is also developing an education program that aims to use 18th century musical teaching methods to inspire the young students of today.
Australian born Skye McIntosh performs regularly with The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Pinchgut Opera, Salut Baroque and The Little Baroque Company. She has a wide range of experience with historical performance having worked with many distinguished baroque/classical specialist performers such as Catherine Mackintosh, Stefano Montinari, Neal Peres De Costa, Danny Yeadon, Elizabeth Wallfisch, Monica Huggett, Richard Egarr, Catherine Mackintosh and Lawrence Cummings. Skye has been guest director and soloist with the Sydney Youth Orchestra, appeared as principal second of Ruthless Jabiru chamber orchestra in the 2011 City of London festival and as leader of Handel’s Messiah at the Sydney Town hall with the Radio Community Chest Choir orchestra. She has frequently appeared as leader and soloist of the Sydney Conservatorium Early Music Ensemble, also wining the Conservatorium’s concerto prize.
Matthew began studying violin at the age of 12 in Sydney, his hometown in Australia, and currently resides in The Hague, The Netherlands. His love of the Baroque and Classical violin is one that is continually nurtured by continued employment in some of the world’s leading baroque ensembles.During his studies with Professor Janet Davies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music he developed a strong affinity to the baroque and classical violin which he pursued professionally at the age of 19 when he was first engaged with some of Australia’s leading period orchestras such as the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Pinchgut Opera.
After working with the likes of The Irish Chamber Orchestra, the German Radio Chamber Orchestra and The Berliner Sinfonie Orchester, James returned to his hometown, Sydney, at the end of 2007. He performs regularly with members of ACO, AOBO and Sydney Symphony. 2011 saw James perform as viola soloist with SBS Youth Orchestra. James has been the fortunate recipient of wisdom from some of the world’s leading historical performance experts including Florilegium, Stanley Ritchie, Simon Roland-Jones and Catherine Mackintosh. James would like to thank his many teachers who include Esther van Stralen (Sydney Symphony), Bruno Giuranna (I Musici), and Gertrude Rossbacher (Berliner Philharmoniker).
Anthony Albrecht is a Novocastrian cellist who has just completed his first year of a Master of Music in Historical Performance at The Juilliard School in New York City, studying with Phoebe Carrai. During the past academic year Anthony performed under William Christie and alongside Jordi Savall and Monica Huggett in venues such as Alice Tully Hall and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. In Australia, Anthony has performed with Ironwood, Sydney Camerata, Pacific Opera, The Sydney Consort, Salut! Baroque and the contemporary music ensemble Chronology Arts. He received an Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant in 2012, and was recently nominated for the MCA Freedman Fellowship. Anthony is a passionate nature lover, bike rider, a qualified Railway Worker and German translator, and last year completed a Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences with Honours in Geography at Sydney University.