Artistic Directors: Melissa Doecke & Ben Opie
Inventi Ensemble have established themselves in Melbourne and are a leading force in Australian chamber music. Award winning performances in Australia’s leading concert halls and at festivals around the country have led to an enthusiastic following of their innovative programming and outstanding performance style. Inventi performances can range from a duo or trio, through to a chamber orchestra of 20 players. They are one of the most prolific chamber ensembles in Australia, with over 40 diverse concerts in their 2019 season. Inventi is an exciting voice in Australian music.
Through 2020, during COVID-19, Inventi have proudly continued to offer paid work to Victorian musicians and pivoted to online performances for communities across Melbourne. This includes: 8 children’s interactive online workshops, 9 socially responsible online aged care concerts, 7 new works commissioned from Melbourne composers and recordings of those works, employing over 40 professional musicians.
Inventi are renowned for their impressive arrangements of large-scale orchestral works for chamber ensemble. They have done this in collaboration with Melbourne’s Glynn Davies for epic works such as Bach’s Art of Fugue, Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade and Holst’s Planets Suite all of which have been received to great acclaim by audiences and leaders in the industry across Victoria.
Passionate about music reaching as many people as possible, Inventi have created interactive, dynamic family shows of Carnival of the Animals, Scheherazade, Peter and the Wolf and Holst’s Planets Suite. They also engage with musicians of all ages and abilities in their community music performances, and workshops including side by side’ projects, improvisation and composition.
Leaders in promoting new repertoire, Inventi have commissioned numerous works by Victorian composers that have gained worldwide recognition - international festival performances and competition winning works. Inventi’s discography is growing, with two new albums released in Nov 2020, in an unprecedented project recorded in 3 days between lockdowns in Melbourne. Women of the Earth celebrates Australian female composers & Peer Gynt is an innovative retelling of the Norwegian tales in true Inventi style, narrated by the inimitable Ed Ayres.
Since inception in 2014, a core focus for Inventi Ensemble is their work in community outreach and audience engagement. Highlights include the establishment of low ticket-cost concert series and collaboration with organisations such as Vision Australia, Scope and as well as creating twice weekly interactive music workshops in Melbourne’s Immigration Detention Centres has both diversified their audience and allowed greater access to music for these communities. Their output and quality of delivery in this area is so far unparalleled in the Australian cultural landscape. They have incorporated performing in aged care centres around Melbourne as part of their regular program and most recently piloted a new innovative program to live stream online performances into aged care centres to provide interaction and engagement with residents in a time where access to live music is very limited.
Over the years, Inventi have used their innovation and creativity to create numerous opportunities for Australian artists, collaborating with interdisciplinary artists on new projects, commissioned new works by Australian composers and employed dozens of musicians to perform as part of their ever-growing yearly program of events. They have unmistakably had a positive benefit and impact on the careers of many artists and Inventi’s diverse contribution to the Australian arts sector is unparalleled.