Kegelstatt Ensemble, in its twelfth year of concerts in Adelaide and its third in Melbourne, comprises gifted and passionate young musicians who work together joyfully and fruitfully in bringing great chamber music to life. Kegelstatt (skittle alley) is the subtitle of Mozart’s trio for clarinet, viola and piano, composed, according to legend, in a single day after a game of skittles with friends.
The themes of friendship and pleasure inherent in Mozart’s skittle alley story are central to the Kegelstatt philosophy, along with a mission to discover and present rare and great chamber music for unusual combinations of instruments, at the highest standard and with the utmost artistic integrity.
At the end of 2016 founding member and pianist Leigh Harrold resigned from the ensemble to concentrate on establishing himself in Melbourne and exploring different music. The other two founding members (Stephanie Wake-Dyster on clarinet and Anna Webb on viola) continue Kegelstatt’s practice of bringing in guest musicians to support the core ensemble. In 2017 they explore themes of dance and song in repertoire that ranges from romantic classical to contemporary 20th century composers for unusual instrumentation. Kegelstatt (skittle alley) is the subtitle of Mozart’s trio for clarinet, viola and piano, composed, according to legend, in a single day after a game of skittles with friends.