From Hindemith to Messiaen, Taverner to Twist, Schultz to Sabin, Collusion has been performing an eclectic mix of Art Music for audiences throughout Queensland and New South Wales since 2002. It is 10 years in 2012 since founding members Benjamin Greaves (violin/viola) and Danielle Bentley (cello/festival director) formed Collusion. Along with Brieley Cutting (piano) and Diana Tolmie (clarinet/saxophone) Collusion is a powerhouse of experienced, specialised chamber musicians with vast experience and repertoire. In 2012 the ensemble introduces Gareth Belling as member and resident choreographer.
In 2012 our performance repertoire reflected the program pages of our 2012 CD releases.
Masterworks by Messiaen and Hindemith immerse CD 1 while music composed by Australian composers monopolise CD 2. Works especially written for Collusion and/or it’s instrumentation include works by composers closely related to Brisbane or from Brisbane. Joseph Twist, Susan Hawkins, Thomas Green, Andrew Ball, Nigel Sabin, Gerard Brophy, and Andrew McNaughton will feature.
In 2012 Collusion toured NSW, ACT, Tasmania and Queensland in Australia performing both evening recital performances and Musica Viva in-schools concerts. They performed at the Crossbow (Qld Conservatorium of Music) and Restrung Festivals (Brisbane Powerhouse) directed by our own Danielle Bentley, the Brisbane Chamber Music Series, the University of Queensland Music Series and the Commercial Rd Chamber Music Series (Theme and Variations series) directed by our own Brieley Cutting, and Fireworks Gallery Hosts...Festival. In 2013 they become Ensemble in Residence at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music Griffith University, and will perform at the Queensland Music Festival, The Australian Saxophone and Clarinet Convention (Sydney) and have received invitations to perform in Italy later this year.
The ensemble of seasoned freelance musicians are presenters for Musica Viva Australia Education and Countrywide, have performed at Festivals throughout Queensland and NSW. The ensemble has performed with a variety of artists including respected choreographer Gareth Belling, dancers of the Queensland Ballet, and director/actors including Andrew Cory. Painters, Poets, Photographers, and Circus Artists have participated in Collusion performances to offer the audience an artist’s visual perspective of the music.
For many years the ensemble performed an annual series of four concerts. It is currently working as a project based company with productions under development. In collaboration with Musica Viva Australia Education, Collusion is a leader in the performance of classical music in schools.
The performers of Collusion are highly regarded freelance soloists, chamber musicians, orchestral musicians and educators who perform for professional Orchestras and chamber ensembles through Australia and abroad.