“ It was an intense joy to see how our group had travelled such a long way from our very first rehearsal - though it had been mere days earlier - both musically and as an ensemble... and even as friends..”Hannah Buckley


One of the peak programs for players seriously engaged in chamber music. AYO Chambers Players offers the opportunity to work and play with some of the world’s greatest chamber musicians. Participants will be involved in a number of public performances, including open masterclasses and a series of concerts.

In 2016, AYO Chamber Players will be directed by two outstanding Australian ensembles, the Goldner String Quartet and PLEXUS. Together these ensembles offer a vast range of experience and repertoire and for aspiring chamber musicians to draw upon.

Ensembles in Residence 


PLEXUS features three of Australia’s most vibrant and versatile musicians, Monica Curro (violin), Philip Arkinstall (clarinet), and Stefan Cassomenos (piano).

The name Plexus reflects this ensemble’s devotion to supporting and engaging an ever-growing network of exceptional artists across a variety of disciplines.
PLEXUS is dedicated to the commissioning and presentation of new music and collaborations. Since launching in 2014, PLEXUS has commissioned over 70 composers, including 22 world premieres in 2014, and 22 world premieres in 2015, at venues including the Melbourne Recital Centre and Federation Square.

The Goldner String Quartet 

The Goldner String Quartet has widespread and long-standing recognition for excellence, as not only Australia’s pre-eminent string quartet but as an ensemble of international significance. All members have occupied principal positions in organisations such as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Since its London debut at Wigmore Hall in 1997 the Goldner String Quartet has regularly returned to London and major festivals in the UK, Europe and the Asia Pacific region. In 2001 the Quartet made its American debut. Closer to home, the Goldner String Quartet has performed in China, Korea, Singapore and Brunei and has undertaken several extensive tours of New Zealand.

The Goldners are strongly committed to teaching the next generation of string quartets.


Video: Interview- Julia Doukakis                 BLOG: By Hannah Buckley