FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, the British/Norwegian virtuoso violinist Charlie Siem will perform in Australia with the Sydney-based Omega Ensemble, showcasing a classical music recital with gutsy showmanship in uniquely Australian settings.
Siem is one of today’s foremost young violinists. Studying the violin at the Royal College of Music with Itzhak Rashkovsky, and later with Shlomo Mintz, whilst attending Eton College and Cambridge University. At only 30 years of age, he became the youngest Professor of Music in the UK (Leeds College of Music). He plays the 1735 Guarneri del Gesù violin.
He works with many of the world’s finest orchestras (The Royal, the Moscow and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestras; the Czech and the Oslo National Symphony Orchestras) and conductors (including Charles Dutoit, Edward Gardner, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Sir Roger Norrington, Libor Pesěk and Yuri Simonov) and performed for the Queen of Denmark.
He also has a fan base in the pop and rock music world, citing Lady Gaga and Katy Perry as friends and has played alongside artists such as The Who, Bryan Adams and Jamie Cullen. He has an international recording contract with SONY Classical.
THE OMEGA ENSEMBLE, founded in 2005 and fast became one of Australia’s finest and most lauded chamber groups. Ranging from full chamber orchestra to duos they constantly provide a fresh and invigorating musical experience.
From 2014-2016, The Omega Ensemble were ensemble-in-residence at the Sydney City Recital Hall., and artist-in-residence at Mitchell conservatorium. They joined forces with the Australian National Academy of Music and acclaimed international clarinettist and conductor Paul Meyer, in a performance of John Adam’s Chamber Symphony. In late 2016, the Ensemble recorded and released their first ABC Classics CD.
Recital Programme with Omega Ensemble
BEETHOVEN Spring Sonata
MUNRO “Songs of the Bush” (1st time a non-Australian playing this Australian piece)
MOZART Clarinet quintet