“More than mere local heroes, these musicians are world class."
- THE AGE
Our Creative Team.
Founded in 2017 by clarinettist Justin Beere, the ensemble features the next generation of compelling music makers with a drive to present imaginative and enriching chamber music experiences.
Artistic Director / Clarinet
Justin founded Melbourne Chamber Players in 2017 to bring together the next generation of passionate chamber musicians in pursuit of meaningful and captivating musical storytelling. Justin enjoys exploring our connection to the past and how it shapes the present, dedicated to providing a platform for lesser-known but powerful new voices and placing them alongside the much-loved music of the masters.
Operations / Pianist
The incredibly stalwart pianist and musical mind Aidan Boase joined the creative team officially in 2020 - right at the moment when the arts world came to a halt! Since then, Aidan has worked to pave a new way forward for the ensemble, dedicated to the creation of new work and exploring bold & engaging repertoire.
Programing / Violin
Lucy Warren has performed throughout Australia, Asia and Europe in demand as an accomplished freelance violinist. Lucy joined MCP in 2019 with a passion for programming innovative, thoughtful and moving chamber music performances.
Lauded for its outstanding performances, Melbourne Chamber Players has quickly become one of the city’s foremost chamber ensembles. Founded in 2017 by clarinettist Justin Beere, the ensemble features the next generation of compelling music makers in the pursuit of imaginative and enriching chamber music performances for audiences across Melbourne and regional Victoria. The ensemble's instrumentation showcases wind, string and piano chamber music, with core members consisting of a string quartet, wind quintet and pianist.
Dedicated to performing cornerstones of the repertoire and rare gems by lesser-known luminaries the ensemble features regularly in the Melbourne Recital Centre’s Local Heroes series, as well as in performances across Melbourne city, the Yarra Ranges Culture Tracks, Melbourne Digital Concert Hall, and live broadcasts for 3mbs Radio. In 2022 the ensemble is excited to expand its activities in regional Victoria, including a debut performance for the Geelong Chamber Music Society and a virtual tour for the Melbourne Recital Centre’s Music Always initiative.
“Every member of the group is a rock-steady technician, capable of great feats of individual virtuosity. Yet it was the shared emotional coherence and sensitively balanced tone of their performance that really took these works to the next level.”
- Sydney Morning Herald
As a passionate exponent of new music, the ensemble is proud to have commissioned new works by Australian composers Paul Dean, Matt Laing, and Michael Grebla. Grebla’s Piano Trio was first performed in 2021 and Paul Dean’s Lockdown Miniatures No. 8 is available now as a digital EP on all streaming services. The ensemble is also proud to have given the premiere of Nigel Sabin's Clarinet Quintet in 2019. In 2022, MCP celebrates its 5th anniversary of music-making with an exciting season of inventive and engaging performances across Melbourne and Regional Victoria. Oh! And, Matt Laing’s Night Terrors will receive its long awaited premiere! Keep updated by joining our newsletter!
“…a wonderful visual and aural masterclass on musical communication.”
Melbourne-based pianist Aidan Boase, is in high demand as a collaborative artist. He currently holds an Associate Artist position at Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) and has performed in festivals across Europe and in the US.He was a 2015 fellow at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and in 2016 was a prize winner in the Virtuoso & Bel Canto Chamber Music Competition in Lucca, Italy.
Lucy Warren has performed throughout Australia, Asia and Europe in demand as an accomplished freelance violinist. In 2018, Lucy joined Orchestra Victoria as a full-time Tutti Musician. Prior to this, Lucy performed regularly with the Opera Australia Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony where she was an Orchestral Fellow in 2012 and with whom she has toured internationally.
Since 2012 Anna has had the pleasure of performing with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, ACO Collective and West Australian Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician she has appeared in concert series and festivals across Australia including the Perth International Arts Festival, Metropolis Music Festival and Bangalow Music Festival.
Carla Blackwood enjoys a diverse career performing as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician in Australia and internationally. Carla performs regularly with the Australia Ensemble, renowned contemporary music ensemble ELISION, Quercus Trio, Lyrebird Brass, and is a regular guest principal horn with orchestras around Australia. Since 2018 Carla has been French Horn Lecturer at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne.
Justin is the Associate Principal Clarinet of Orchestra Victoria and the founding Artistic Director of the Melbourne Chamber Players. He has enjoyed a varied career, guesting regularly with leading Symphony Orchestras and chamber music festivals across Australia, New Zealand and Canada. He has performed in the Port Fairy Music Festival, Peninsula Summer Music Festival, Bendigo Festival, Melbourne Festival, Music by the Springs, the Banff Summer Music Festival (Canada) and the Mackay Chamber Music Festival.
Erica’s versatility as a violinist sees her regularly transition between the roles of soloist, chamber musician and concertmaster. Over twelve years as founding first violinist with the Flinders Quartet she performed and recorded regularly throughout Australia and overseas including residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada and at the International Musicians’ Seminar in the UK, as well as tours to Sweden, Switzerland and Singapore.
Steph Dixon is an active orchestral and chamber musician. She strongly believes in the importance of sharing the wonders of music as a performer as well as an educator. Steph toured with acclaimed Finnish pianist Paavali Jumpanen during 2016, presenting a concert of chamber works. She also had the pleasure of curating and performing her own chamber music concert, Baroque Winds, as part of the Brisbane Baroque Festival’s 5x5x5 series.
Timothy Murray is currently Principal Contrabassoon with Orchestra Victoria. He studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and participated in the Sydney Symphony Fellowship program in 2014 before joining Orchestra Victoria at the age of 22. He completed his Master’s degree at the Hochschule für Musik, in Hannover. Timothy has recently taught contrabassoon at the University of Melbourne and he has performed as a guest musician with most of Australia’s professional orchestras.