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Two types of people walk the alleys of Melbourne’s wildly eclectic arts scene: those who argue classical music is a static art form, and those who know the work of Ben Opie. Tackling mind-blowing innovation with the class and sensitivity of a veteran, Ben is a young oboist of matchless capacity performing at the cutting edge of classical music’s fresh-faced evolution.

Ben’s approach has the power to keep classical music connected and relevant to its audience. He does this not only in his performing career but also in his new role as Artistic Director of the Peninsula Summer Music Festival.

Amongst a history of solo performances throughout Europe, the Middle East and North America, Ben’s chamber group, Inventi Ensemble has featured at the heart of the Australian music scene since early 2014.

Ben has collaborated with Gretchen Miller (ABC Radio) and artist Cecilia White (‘The Breathing Space Projects’), and has appeared in various other multimedia performances, both locally and internationally.
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William completed his Bachelor of Music at the University of Melbourne, and studied for three years at the Australian National Academy of Music – on a scholarship at each institution. William performs regularly with the Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, Victorian Opera, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra Collective, as well as the Inventi Ensemble.

An advocate for new music, William Clark has premiered many Australian works by composers including Don Kay, Melody Eotvos and Larry Sitsky. In 2015, William became violist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra Inspire Quartet, and Melbourne-based Affinity Collective Ensemble, with whom he toured Europe in 2016. He has also toured and performed extensively throughout China and Hong Kong.
Sunday February 17, 2.30 PM
Wolumla Hall
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Violinist Harry Bennetts studied at the Australian National Academy of Music under Dr. Robin Wilson and has just returned to Australia following a two-year residency at the Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, mentored by concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley.

Harry has performed as soloist with the Melbourne, Canberra and Tasmanian Symphony orchestras, as well as giving solo and chamber recitals at the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Recital Centre, Ukaria Cultural Centre, Cologne Philharmonie and Berlin Philharmonie. His most recent concert performance was the Korngold violin concerto with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2018.
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Paul Zabrowarny - Cello

is a cellist with a strong interest in contemporary repertoire, Paul completed studies at the Elder Conservatorium and the Australian National Academy of Music before received grants from the Ian Potter Foundation and the Australia Council to undertake a Masters of Music Performance at the Conservatoire de Lausanne, Switzerland specialising in contemporary cello techniques.

As a chamber musician, Paul performs frequently with Inventi Ensemble, and has appeared as a guest musician with Syzygy Ensemble, Quartz String Quartet and the Melbourne Chamber Players. He also performs with Orchestra Victoria and the Australian Classical and Romantic Orchestra. He has performed recitals throughout Australia and Europe and has appeared as a soloist with orchestras.