The Enigma Quartet

United by their passion for chamber music, the Enigma Quartet love what they do and relish the opportunity to share the joy of music with audiences around Australia.​ Comprised of successful artists in their own right, and holding coveted positions in Australia's top orchestras, they love the challenge of performing together despite the difficulties of juggling conflicting work schedules and the mayhem of having young kids.


After welcoming cellist Rowena Macneish in 2011, the quartet won second prize in the prestigious Musica Viva Chamber Music Competition, launching their performing career and introducing them to the St. Lawrence, Goldner, Enso and Takacs Quartets for invaluable masterclass opportunites. They were mentored by Musica Viva under their Rising Stars program in 2012 and have performed at many festivals including the prestigious Huntington Chamber Music Festival in 2015. Enigma have been broadcast across Australia for Sunday Live on ABC Classic FM and have performed regularly in Musica Viva’s Coffee Concert Series.


The quartet enjoy exploring new music and have been fortunate to premiere works by Lachlan Skipworth, Gerard Brophy, Philip Jameson and Alice Chance, as well as collaborations with soprano Emma Matthews, saxophonist Christina Leonard, double-bassist Kirsty McCahon, bassoonist Jack Schiller and the German-based Amaryllis Quartet. The quartet are regulars on the Sydney concert scene where they perform at the Independent Theatre and Sydney Mozart Society amongst other venues. 


Enigma have also undertaken one of the most ambitious commissioning and performance projects in recent years, alongside world-renowned shakuhachi master, Riley Lee, to create an entirely new genus of music. The project entitled Five Elements takes the listener on a kaleidoscopic journey through the Australian landscape that traverses universal concepts linking humanity to our natural environment and spiritual core through music.


Drawing inspiration from the belief in many ancient cultures that the entire universe was made of just five fundamental elements, earth, air, water, fire and ether, Riley Lee and the Enigma Quartet have commissioned and selected music from Australia’s finest compositional voices to present a strikingly original concert. 


Eight of the Five Elements commissions were made possible with the generous support of the Australia Council for the Arts, and an additional work was commissioned by Riley Lee for the 2008 World Shakuhachi Festival with the support of the Australasia Performing Rights Association. The project has been recorded for digital release on the ABC Classics label and hard copies will be available for sale in the foyer with 10% of artist profits donated to the Australian Koala Foundation. In late February this year the group toured to Hawaii to perform Five Elements for the Honolulu Chamber Music Society – a feat that now seems surreal, not only for its fortuitous timing.

Limpinwood Ensemble

The Limpinwood Ensemble is a flexible chamber music ensemble that is passionate about taking the highest quality performances out to regional communities. Their love of chamber music is evident in their concerts and they enjoy programming works for larger ensembles that are less frequently performed. Recent concerts have included Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale, Poulenc’s Sonata for Brass Trio and his Clarinet and Bassoon Duo, the Beethoven Septet, Schubert Octet, Mozart Horn Quintet, Richard Mills’ Clarinet Quintet, the Beethoven and Mozart Quintets for Piano and Winds and they were due to perform a programme of Mozart's Gran Partita, Strauss Serenade and Gounod’s Petite Symphony in April before the Coronavirus struck. 

Originally formed in 1990 by John Willison and Carmel Kaine in the living room of their Bald Mountain home, the group became the ensemble in residence at Tyalgum Music Festival. Since returning to Australia Katharine Willison and Peter Luff (the original horn player) have resurrected the group and are excited to be performing at Tyalgum once again. 

Peter Luff

Peter Luff is Head of Performance at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and Associate Professor in horn and brass studies. He holds a Bachelor of Music (performance) from Adelaide University’s Elder Conservatorium and a Master of Music (conducting) from Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University.Peter has performed with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian World Orchestra, Queensland Festival Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Southern Cross Soloists and Ensemble Q. As a conductor Peter has directed ensembles including the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Brass players, Brisbane Philharmonic, Brisbane Symphony Orchestra, QLD Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, Brisbane Brass and the Brisbane Excelsior Band. Peter is in great demand as a Horn teacher, with many of his Horn graduates securing permanent playing positions in national and international professional symphony orchestras. Peter has served as vice president of the International Horn Society, was a member of the Advisory Council from 2011 – 2016, and is a recipient of the society’s prestigious “Punto Award” for his contributions to the Australian horn playing community.

Eve Newsome

Eve Newsome is an experienced performer having held oboe and cor anglais positions with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria and performed internationally with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.  She is a passionate chamber musician, soloist and concert organiser and as a pedagogue specialises in oboe, chamber music and optimal experience for musicians. Eve is Senior Lecturer at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, where she has been teaching since 2009. In 2010, she created the Flow Music Method for musicians and music teachers which she teaches nationally and internationally at conferences and music institutions.


Eve is active in the broader Australian musical community having filled the roles of Oboe Representative with the Queensland Double Reed Society since 2010 and Co-Artistic Director of the Tyalgum Music Festival from 2015- 2018.

Patrick Nolan

Patrick Nolan's rewarding performance career has seen him playing flute in chamber, symphony, opera and ballet orchestras. Nolan was Principal Flute in firstly the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra and subsequently The Queensland Orchestra (now QSO). He has played baroque, classical and contemporary concerti in flagship concert series and has participated in numerous recordings for ABC Classics, ABC Classic FM, Naxos, Tall Poppies and 4MBS Radio.  Patrick derives much satisfaction in his work as a chamber musician and was a founding member of The Lunaire Collective and the Aether Ensemble.  He was artist director of the 1999 Australian Flute Convention.

Since moving from orchestral life Nolan has embarked on a career in the education of young musicians at tertiary and pre-tertiary levels. He is Specialist Tutor for Flute at the University of Queensland. He tutors at summer and winter music schools and for the wind sections in Queensland Youth Orchestra ensembles. With Michael Cox and Joanna Sullivan, Patrick has been collating Michael’s insights into the artistry and methods of flute playing. 

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