It’s no secret that Chalmers love the new and interesting and are champions of innovative thinking, so it is perfectly logical that one of the family’s key cultural partnerships is with world class Melbourne based chamber group Syzygy Ensemble whose focus is new music. Through their Montevecchio brand Chalmers have been the exclusive wine partner of Syzygy’s concert series at the Recital Centre since 2011.
Since then, they have gained a reputation as one of Australia’a finest new music ensembles, lauded for their virtuoso precision, innovative programming, and ability to connect viscerally with their audiences. Apart from having a regular subscription series at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Syzygy has had great success touring regional Victoria, allowing remote audiences the chance to experience (and even participate in!) contemporary masterworks such as “Quartet for the End of Time’, ‘In C’, and Rzewski’s ‘Les Moutons de Panurge’.
They were nominated for a Helpmann Award for a George Crumb tribute concert in 2012, and in 2014 were the recipient of the Melbourne Recital Centre’s Contemporary Masters Award for their performance of Robert Dzubay’s ‘Kukulkan 2’. Last year they released their debut CD, ‘Making Signs’, containing specially commissioned works by Gordon Kerry and Brenton Broadstock, as well as premiere recordings by Brett Dean and Annie Hsieh.