Concert 3:Double Trouble

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the sydney consort

Double Trouble

The pleasant two viola d’amore instruments filled with a mesmerising sound will challenge another 2 violins duo and collaborating together with the viola da gamba, theorbo and harpsichord in music intentionally composed for these great instruments.

The mix of baroque compositions from different European countries will display their elegance and competitiveness’ in their chamber display.


Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Antonio Vivaldi and others


  • Stephen FREEMAN viola d'amore & baroque violin
  • Stan W KORNEL viola d’amore & baroque violin
  • Shaun NG viola da gamba & theorbo
  • Monika KORNEL harpsichord



Inspired by the pioneers of historical performance practice, Stephen FREEMAN has been involved in this area of violin performance since he was a teenager. This led him to study at The Royal Conservatoire, The Hague, in the early 90s after graduating from the Canberra School of Music. Based in Amsterdam for over a decade, performing, touring and recording with numerous European ensembles such as Concerto d’Amsterdam, Ricercar, Il Gardellino, Gabrieli Consort ad New Dutch Academy (concertmaster 2007-12), Stephen returned to live in Australia in 2014 and now plays with several of Sydney’s period instrument ensembles in addition to teaching violin at Kegworth Public School.

Shaun NG is a teacher and performer of instruments of the violin, viol and lute families. He received his music training in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Australia, where he studied historical performance and musicology. He also participated in many notable seminars and conferences such as Oberlin Conservatory's Baroque Performance Institute, the Tafelmusik Baroque Performance Institute and the Lute Society of America Seminar. As an active freelance performer, he has performed with many of Sydney’s early music ensembles such as the Sydney Consort, Thoroughbass and Consort VIII. He also runs the Australian Historical Performance Initiative, a non-profit organisation that promotes historical performance. In 2013, he received a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Sydney.