About the Australian Haydn Ensemble

 

Skye Mcintosh

Skye McIntosh, Violin

Skye is the founder and leader of the Australian Hayden Ensemble. She
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, Daniel 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.

Skye's instrument is a period violin made by Josef Panermo, 1800, London.

 
 james bush

 

James Bush, ‘Cello 

Born in Christchurch, New Zealand, James studied with Ellen Doyle before leaving to complete his undergraduate studies and graduating with first class honours from the Royal Academy of Music, London. This was followed by a Master of Music degree with Timothy Eddy at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. James later studied baroque cello with Phoebe Carrai and Markus Möllenbeck at the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin.

Winner of the Television New Zealand Young Musicians Competition and the National Concerto Competition of New Zealand, James has appeared as soloist with all of New Zealand’s major orchestras. He has also worked regularly with many of Europe’s leading baroque orchestras including Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Concerto Köln and as principal cello of Al Ayre Español.  He has featured on recent recordings released by Deutsche Harmonia Mundi (SONY), Naive, Harmonia Mundi, Challenge Classics and Winter & Winter. 

 

 

 
james eccles

 James Eccles, Viola 

James has learned from some of the world’s leading historical performance experts including Florilegium, Stanley Ritchie, Simon Roland-Jones and Catherine Mackintosh and his many teachers who include Esther van Stralen (Sydney Symphony), Bruno Giuranna (I Musici), and Gertrude Rossbacher (Berliner Philharmoniker).

After working with the likes of The Irish Chamber Orchestra, the German Radio Chamber Orchestra and The Berliner Sinfonie Orchester, James returned to Sydney, at the end of 2007. He has established a successful career performing regularly with  the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Opera and Ballet Ochestra and Sydney Symphony. In 2011 James performed as viola soloist with SBS Youth Orchestra. 

With a strong spirit of adventure James has also explored the sonic possibilities of the viola in contemporary music and the challenges of improvisation and performance of semi-composed material.

James plays a period viola, unknown maker, c. 1739, made in Tyrol Region.

 
melissa farrow

Melissa Farrow, Flute

Melissa’s studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and then undertook post-graduate studies and Masters in modern flute, recorder and traverso at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. In 2012 she travelled to Europe to study with Karl Kaiser, Wilbert Hazelzet, and Lisa Besnosiuk thanks to an ABO International Baroque Study Program and an Australia Council Professional Development Grant.

She in demand as a period flautist, recorder player, and teacher. She has been Principal flute of The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra  since 2003, and a core member of the Australian Haydn Ensemble since its formation. Melissa performs and records regularly with Pinchgut Opera in the Orchestra of the Antipodes and has performed with many groups including Ironwood, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Latitude 37, The Marais Project, The Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra, Luduvico’s Band, Sinfonia Australis, Sydney Philharmonia Orchestra and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.

Melissa plays a period flute, R. Tutz after H. Grense, 2001 (copy of c.1830 Dresden model) made in Innsbruck.

 

 
matthew greco

Matthew Greco, Violin

Matthew began studying violin aged 12. During his studies with Professor Janet Davies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music he developed a strong affinity to the baroque and classical violin, and was later engaged by some of Australia’s leading period orchestras such as the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Pinchgut Opera. He has also performed in some of the world’s leading baroque ensembles. 

In an interview with Stephanie Eslake last year, Mathew explained the basis of this performance style: “… we have to try to understand how musicians made music in that period of time. We do this by researching: reading old scores, essays and treatises about how to compose and perform music; and then experimenting based on what we know by trying things out in rehearsals and concerts. We also attempt this recreation by using instruments made in the old style – using gut strings, a variety of different shaped early model bows…”