Strelitzia is a young, vibrant Sydney based ensemble, originally founded in 2008 as a Piano Trio which went on to win the prestigious Musica Viva Chamber Music Award the following year. They have been widely praised for their innovative programs featuring the great masterpieces of the Classical, Romantic and Twentieth Century chamber music repertoire alongside lesser known gems from around the world, as well as new contemporary works with influences ranging from world music to Jazz to modern dance music.
Strelitzia is deeply committed to promoting Australian music and this features heavily in their programs. It made the first recordings of Elena Kats-Chernin’s ‘The Spirit and the Maiden’ and has commissioned and premiered a number of works by Australian composers. Strelitzia completed their third studio recording for ABC Classic FM featuring specially commissioned works by Newcastle based composer Andrew Chubb and will perform Lighthouse, a recent (2014) work by Australian composer Alicia Grant in their Festival program.
The ensemble is passionate about regional touring and performing for local festivals and has presented their programs in Newcastle, Woollahra, Camden Haven and the likes of Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields and Brunswick Beethoven Festivals as well as for various groups including the Blue Mountains Concert Society, Hornsby Festival of the Arts, Noosa, Byron Bay, Yass and many others.
Strelitzia currently presents an annual concert series at the Glebe Justice Centre in Sydney, where they perform with additional musicians featuring varied programs of chamber music for strings, piano and wind instruments in an intimate setting, with one 2016 program being described as
“nothing short of superb in its programming and delivery. Strelitzia have taken great pains to tread unbeaten paths, exposing us to less well-known works and we are much the richer for it. The playing was faultless and I can’t recall having a warmer feel: the performers and audience enjoyed themselves immensely in an intimate setting” (Tony Burke, Classikon).