Backstage Pass host Julia Figueras welcomes the Australian period-instrument chamber ensemble Ironwood to the Henry Epstein studio to perform music by Brahms and friends on Friday, April 11, 2014 at 1 p.m. on Classical 91.5.
Ironwood is committed to exploring music of the baroque, classical and romantic periods on early string and keyboard instruments. The members are some of Australia’s most respected early and contemporary chamber musicians: Robin Wilson, Rachael Beesley, Julia Fredersdorff & Alice Evans (violin); Nicole Forsyth (viola); Daniel Yeadon (cello) and Neal Peres Da Costa (harpsichord/fortepiano/historic pianoforte).
The ensemble was established in 2006 as a flexible group of players, drawing on a wealth of experience from across the globe. Ironwood believes that historically informed performance should be complemented with new material and has an active commissioning program for music on early instruments. The group performs widely and has produced recordings for ABC Classics and Vexations840. Ironwood has been 2007-2012 artists-in-residence at the Bundanon Trust, NSW, and also run a Developing Artists program for early music in Victoria and NSW.