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 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.


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



Friday 24 November


Early Romantic Gems


Cambini String Quartets for violin, 2 violas and cello Op. 21 nos 1 and 3

Eberl Piano Quintet Op 41



Anna McMichael (violin), Deirdre Dowling, (viola), Gabrielle Kancachian (viola), 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 Cambini's String Quartets Op. 21 nos 1 and 3, unusually scored for violin, 2 violas and cello. 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 violin, two violas, cello and piano is instantly appealing and imaginative in approach to form pushing the boundaries and heralding Romanticism. We welcome violists Deirdre Dowling and Gabrielle Kancachian for this final program in our 2017 season.