Ironwood is an Australian-based ensemble, committed to exploring music of the baroque, classical and romantic periods on early string and keyboard instruments.


The ensemble was established in 2006 as a flexible group of players, drawing on a wealth of experience from across the globe. The members are some of Australia’s most respected early and contemporary chamber musicians.


Ironwood believe that historically informed performance should be complemented with new material and has an active commissioning program for music on early instruments.




Ironwood Concert Season 2017


Come experience Ironwood’s vibrant 2017 season devoted to three centuries of incredible chamber music and education activities drawing on world-class expertise in historically informed performance (HIP).


Download the Ironwood 2017 brochure (4.7 MB)


Upcoming Concerts



Saturday 4 November


A Perfect Combination


Graf String Quartet no. 4 in D major

Mozart String Quartet K. 157 in C major

Haydn String Quartet op. 77 no. 2 in F major



Rachael Beesley (violin), Julia Fredersdorff (violin), guest viola player, Daniel Yeadon (cello)



Recital Hall East, Sydney Conservatorium of Music - 6:30pm


Season 3 explores the world of the revered Classical-era string quartet offering Australian audiences a unique opportunity to hear such works played on gut strings with keen awareness of period performing practices, restoring the musical language and expressivity expected by such composers as Mozart and Haydn.

Amongst the well-known quartets of these two giants, the programme offers a musical rarity in the String Quartet no. 4 by the German Christian Ernst Graf, a composer whose works are transitional in nature but demonstrate melodious inventiveness at its most charming.





Friday 24 November


Early Romantic Gems


Eberl Piano Quintet op. 41

Schubert String Quartet D. 94 in D major



Anna McMichael (violin), Rachael Beesley (violin), guest viola players, Daniel Yeadon (cello), Neal Peres Da Costa (historical piano)



Recital Hall East, Sydney Conservatorium of Music - 6.30pm


In Season 4 we celebrate the advent of Romantic style with Schubert’s early String Quartet D. 94 composed in 1812 when he was only 15 years old. Schubert wrote his early string quartets mainly to enjoy in domestic concerts with his family. And yet these already herald his penchant for experimentation with surprising key relationships, thematic linking, and such new string effects as tremolo. A selection of Beethoven’s Bagatelles for solo piano contrast with music of his near contemporary Anton Eberl whose works are still rarely heard in Australia. Eberl studied with Mozart and was known as a foremost piano virtuoso and teacher in Europe. Some of his music has been described as being as good as or better than Beethoven. His Piano Quintet op. 41 for clarinet or violin, two violas, cello and piano is instantly appealing and imaginative in approach to form pushing the boundaries and heralding Romanticism.





Ironwood with Anneke Scott


Acclaimed Australian period-instrument ensemble Ironwood and internationally renowned horn player Anneke Scott present a disc celebrating the music of Mozart, and exploring the composers who were seduced by its beauty, inspired by its innovation – and who crafted their own music around its most sublime moments.





Australian period-instrument Ironwood shines new light on two of the most popular chamber works of the Romantic era, revealing the passion, power and intimate beauty of Brahms as they perform on the instruments the composer knew and loved.



Miriam Allan - Ironwood


This beautifully packaged CD contains a stunning collection of English works performed by Australia’s premiere period chamber ensemble, Ironwood and the magnetic UK-based soprano, Miriam Allan. Featuring best-selling tracks such as Music for a While, If Love’s a Sweet Passion and Fairest Isle by Purcell, and chamber works by Handel including Silete venti.



Diana Doherty - Oboe

with Ironwood


Johann Sebastian Bach wrote sublime music for the oboe; here it is performed by Australia’s leading early music experts Ironwood, featuring our own world-renowned Diana Doherty, one of our most charismatic performers (and one of ABC Classics’ best-selling artists!).


This uplifting album is enhanced by a bonus DVD.