The Australian Youth Orchestra couldn’t be more excited to launch Momentum Ensemble, a springboard for exceptional young musicians who want to develop a multi-faceted career.

Momentum Ensemble on stage

Over the last two weeks, Momentum Ensemble gave their official debut performances in Sydney, held at Telstra’s Insight Centre, the Art Gallery of Western Australia in Perth and at Melbourne’s Deakin Edge. Featuring exciting Israeli conductor, Ariel Zuckermann, and Australian songstress Martha Marlow, the concerts were a phenomenal introduction to this incredible new initiative.

The launch performances allowed the ensemble to showcase their diverse talents through a range of repertoire which included works by indigenous artist William Barton, Stravinsky, and orchestral arrangements of songs by Martha Marlow. The selection of works performed demonstrated Momentum Ensemble’s vision to push young artists to explore new ways of playing music, and create performances that are truly original.

Momentum Ensemble emerged out of a desire to fill a vocational and training gap for young musicians who are at the cusp of their professional careers. This new project is designed to grant outstanding young performers with new skills and knowledge that will help them navigate the pathways to achieving their goals. Momentum Ensemble members will gain teaching skills, access professional development opportunities, and develop skills that will assist them launch a multi-faceted 21st century artist’s career. Through this innovative training pathway, Momentum Ensemble will curate rare orchestral experiences that challenge musicians to become masters of their art.

This project has been made possible with the generous support of the Australian Government; our Principal Sponsor and Digital Partner, Accenture; and the Graeme Wood Foundation. The AYO is extremely excited to be able to provide young Australian musicians with a chance to explore new territories with fellow performers, and to deliver original concert experiences for audiences that will push the boundaries of orchestral performance.