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Rachael Beesley
Alice Evans
Julia Fredersdorff
Anna Mcmichael
Robin Wilson

cello/viola da gamba
Daniel Yeadon

Neal Peres Da Costa



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Ironwood is an Australian-based ensemble, committed to exploring music of the baroque, classical and romantic periods on early string and keyboard instruments. The members are some of Australia’s most respected early and contemporary chamber musicians. The ensemble was established in 2006 as a flexible group of players, drawing on a wealth of experience from across the globe. Ironwood believe that historically informed performance should be complemented with new material and has an active commissioning program for music on early instruments. The group performs widely and has produced recordings for ABC Classics and Vexations840. Ironwood have been Artists in Residence at the Bundanon Trust, NSW since 2007 and also run a Developing Artist program in Victoria and NSW.

Ironwood celebrates 10 years in 2016!

In 2016 Ironwood Chamber Ensemble celebrates 10 years committed to exploring historically informed performance of repertoire from baroque, classical and romantic eras on period instruments.. Join us for four inspiring concerts! We are thrilled to present this series and celebrate musical friendships and 10 years of music making, exploring and sharing the music we love. Hope to see you there!


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.

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A Different Sort of Brahms

Click here to link to the power-point presentation from a lecture-demonstration on a new approach to Brahms' sound world. Neal Peres Da Costa and Robin Wilson from Ironwood talk about and demonstrate how to play Brahms on historical instruments.


Neal's book Off the Record: Performing Practices in Romantic Piano Playing is published by Oxford University Press, 2012

Performing Practices in Romantic Piano Playing

Neal Peres da Costa

Analyzes Romantic performing practices as preserved on early piano recordings and piano rolls

Challenges accepted ways of performing nineteenth-century piano repertoire

Demonstrates gulf between theory and practice by comparing audible evidence and written texts

In 2016, Ironwood celebrates 10 years as an Australian ensemble, committed to exploring historically informed performance of repertoire from baroque, classical and romantic eras on period instruments.

Formed in 2006, core members are Rachael Beesley, Julia Fredersdorff, Robin Wilson, Anna McMichael (violin), Daniel Yeadon (cello) and Neal Peres Da Costa (historic keyboards).

In 2016 Ironwood will celebrate 10 years researching, performing, touring nationally and internationally, recording and educating many of Australia’s leading historically informed performers.

Ironwood will present a series of concerts with invited guests at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and tour nationally as well as record and continue education programs.

To support Ironwood's work, visit the Creative Partnerships Australia website to donate online.