Festival Artists

Drawing upon major international and Australian ensembles, including the Lyrebird Trio, The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, and the Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras - our Festival Artists are some of the world’s leading musicians.

Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra is a two-time Helpmann Award nominated ensemble performing without a conductor. 

Known for innovative and adventurous programming, Camerata thrives on collaborations with artists across a range of artforms, including Grammy-award nominated artist Tenzin Choegyal, AIR award-winning and ARIA-nominated Emily Wurramara, writer and actor Tama Matheson, The New York Times’ multi award-winning illustrator Peter Sis, and contemporary composer, Lembit Beecher. 

As they perform without a conductor, Camerata’s Artistic Associates and guest artists take ownership of their music-making to form a refreshing and acclaimed voice that empowers artists, inspires audiences, and enriches communities through music. Under Artistic Director and Violinist Brendan Joyce, the group is Company-in-Residence at Queensland Performing Arts Centre and undertakes an annual regional Queensland tour and mainstage concert season in both Brisbane and Toowoomba. 

As Artistic Associates, players contribute to the strategic direction of Camerata, are integral to the process of programming the season of works and provide performance and training opportunities for the next generation of Queensland artists through the Upbeat program. 

Camerata employs over 130 artists across 50 concerts each year, reaching an annual audience of 52,000. In 2020 Camerata reached an online audience of over 1,000,000 through 5@5 with Camerata and other digital programs in response to COVID-19. Camerata is committed to enriching communities with its annual regional Queensland tour which includes the commissioning of a new Australian work, free public performances, education engagements and workshops with local schools and students and visits to residents in aged care facilities.