Pictured: Jessica An, Glen Donnelly, Catrina Pelster-Hughes, Hamish Gullick, Karina Moss-Hollands, Caroline Hobbs
Concertante Ensemble is celebrating our coming of age! 2016 is the 21st birthday of the Central Coast’s own Chamber Orchestra. Starting as a trio, the group expanded in 1994 to become a professional string chamber orchestra with a core of 11 players, bound together by a common vision - to bring exceptional quality chamber music with local, Australian and international performers, to local audiences.
Founding member Karina Moss-Hollands is now at the helm as director and concert master, attracting a new generation of players keen to share our vision. Her passion is to nurture emerging Central Coast performing artists, and to invite our local audience to experience the growth and development of their careers. Under her leadership, the Concertante Ensemble continues to present local audiences with masterpieces of the chamber orchestra repertoire. Baroque works are performed with internationally renowned “historically informed performance” experts such as Neal Peres da Costa, Danny Yeadon, and Erin Helyard, originally a Central Coast native. Along with the beloved classical repertoire, she enjoys introducing audiences to the rich and exciting world of contemporary music, often with soloists invited from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Karina also continues Concertante Ensemble’s close collaboration with the Central Coast Conservatorium, including performers from the teaching staff, former students who are furthering their studies in Sydney, and for specific concerts, specially invited current students. Concertante Ensemble has become a lynchpin in the Crossroads Chamber Music Festival, currently presenting as Charmian Gadd and Friends.