About The Australian Haydn Ensemble



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Skye McIntosh,  Artistic Director, violin

Skye is the founder and Artistic Director of the Australian Haydn Ensemble - an audacious undertaking that is testament to Skye’s musicianship and entrepreneurial spirit.  

She has appeared as principal 2nd violin for Pinchgut Opera, as principal 2nd violin with the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra, and as a regular member of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra since 2010.

Skye completed her Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours at the Queensland Conservatorium in 1999. In 2004 she travelled to the UK to study at The Royal Academy of Music, was a regular member of the Britten Pears young artist program, and performed at several UK Festivals. Skye completed a Master of Music degree, at the Sydney Conservatorium in 2011.

Skye has made many concert appearances as soloist and director, and in 2013 attended the Banff Centre with the Australian Haydn Quartet for a Winter Residency, and also performed at The Julliard School. 

Skye will record Mozart’s G major violin Concerto with ABC Classics in early 2022.

Skye performs on a violin crafted by Tomaso Eberle, 1770, Naples. 

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Matthew Greco, violin

Matthew performs as a soloist, concertmaster and core member of some of the world’s leading period instrument ensembles, including the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Orchestra of the Antipodes (Pinchgut Opera), Australian Haydn Ensemble, Salut! Baroque, De Nederlandse Bachvereniging (Netherlands Bach Society), Les Talens Lyriques (Paris), Festival D’Aix en Provence, Opera Nationale de Paris, L'Académie baroque européenne d'Ambronay, Capella Mediterranea (Switzerland) and Pacific Baroque Orchestra (Canada). He is a founding member of the Sydney-based, baroque ensemble The Muffat Collective.

Matthew began learning violin at the age of 12 and studied with Professor Janet Davies and Professor Neal Peres Da Costa at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. At the age of 19 he was engaged by Australia’s leading period orchestras - the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Orchestra of the Antipodes.  He later undertook further study in historical performance at the Royale Conservatoire of The Hague, with Professor Ryo Terakado and Professor Enrico Gatti, graduating in 2013. 

Matthew performs on a violin crafted by David Christian Hopf, 1760, Quittenbach.



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Karina Schmitz, viola

Karina Schmitz is a dedicated practitioner of Historically Informed Performance Practice. In addition to the Australian Haydn Ensemble, she is principal violist with Pinchgut Opera/ Orchestra of the Antipodes and has performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestrathe Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra, Van Diemen’s Band, Salut! Baroque, and Ensemble Galante.

Originally from Philadelphia, Karina was principal violist of Handel & Haydn Society in Boston, of Apollo’s Fire in Cleveland, of the Carmel Bach Festival in California, and founding violinist/violist with the 17th century ensemble ACRONYM. She studied at Oberlin Conservatory with Marilyn McDonald, David Breitman and Miho Hashizume; then at New England Conservatory of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music. She continued her training in the Apollo’s Fire Apprentice Program.

Karina performs on a viola crafted by Francis Beaulieu, 2011, Montreal after Pietro Giovanni Mantegazza, 1793, Milan.


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Daniel Yeadon, cello

Daniel is a passionate chamber musician and educator. He has a love of a wide range of musical genres and is an exceptionally versatile cellist and viola da gamba player, performing repertoire from the Renaissance to Contemporary.

Daniel plays regularly with Australian Haydn Ensemble, Ironwood, Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO), Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra and Bach Akademie Australia. For many years he was a member of the renowned Fitzwilliam String Quartet and the exuberant period instrument ensemble Florilegium. He has made many award-winning recordings.

Dr Yeadon is a lecturer at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he teaches cello and viola da gamba, coaches chamber music, and engages in research into learning, teaching and historical performance practices. Originally from the UK, Daniel read physics at Oxford University and then completed his postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Music in London.

Daniel performs on a cello crafted by William Forster II, 1781, London.

*Daniel Yeadon appears courtesy of Sydney Conservatorium of Music, The University of Sydney.