2017 Musicians & FellowsEnsemble Francaix

Ensemble Françaix is excited to share with listeners the joy of classical music collaboration, inspired by the wit and vibrancy of the 20th-century neoclassical composer Jean Françaix.

The Melbourne-based group was founded in 2016 by three already prominent young musicians, oboist Emmanuel Cassimatis, bassoonist Matthew Kneale and pianist Nicholas Young, who are united in their passion for quality ensemble music-making particularly featuring woodwinds.

Ensemble Françaix delights in the discovery and presentation of captivating and lesser known repertory, as well as premieres of new works by present-day composers, and appears in a variety of combinations alongside guest artists to give an individual taste to every carefully crafted program.

Following the success of their debut concert at South Melbourne Town Hall in August 2016, Ensemble Françaix is looking forward to presenting its first recital series in 2017 as Fellows of the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne, as well as its first international performance at the Osaka International Chamber Music Festa in May.

Emmanuel Cassimatis oboe
Emmanuel Cassimatis is Casual Oboist of the Melbourne, Tasmanian and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria. A former graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) and Principal Oboist of the Australian Youth Orchestra, he has performed in major cities around the world and worked with such musicians as Sir Mark Elder, Joshua Bell, William Barton and Christoph Eschenbach.

Matthew Kneale bassoon
Matthew Kneale is Casual Bassonist of the Melbourne, Adelaide, Queensland and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Wellington, Orchestra Victoria and Victorian Opera. He is a former graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) and maintains an active career performing chamber and orchestral music in both Brisbane and Melbourne. As bassonist of Arcadia Winds, he has emerged as one of the prime musicians and artistic thinkers of his generation.

Nicholas Young piano
Completing his Bachelor studies in Sydney and Masters studies at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, Nicholas Young has enjoyed a diverse career as solo, chamber and orchestral pianist. He has been a major prizewinner of several national and international competitions including the 2011 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards and 2012 Australian National Piano Award, and has performed concerti with the Vienna International Orchestra and Adelaide, West Australian, Queensland and Willoughby Symphony Orchestras. In 2016 Nicholas studied at the Australian National Acdemy of Music (ANAM) and is now pleased to return as an ANAM Fellow.

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