New Frontiers — American & Australian Art Song

Being far from home has been a source of reflection for many artists over the centuries.

Ozmosis was formed in 2008 by three Australians living and working in Cork.

Our objective is to bring works that we grew up with to new audiences and share some of our cultural heritage and outlook.

As well as this we are looking at expanding that heritage in the future by commissioning new works and exploring repertoire that has been freshly created.

Individually internationally acclaimed, all the performers have many years of experience in contemporary music and chamber music in particular. Based in Cork, this trio has found it’s way together through collaborating on various projects over the past 5 years.

After many years of living and freelancing in Sydney and Vienna, Katrina Emtage settled in Ireland in 2001 and now teaches at the Cork School of Music and Cork County School of Music and also pursues a keen interest in Irish traditional Music.

Whilst in Sydney she freelanced with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and won a Queen Elizabeth Silver Jubilee Scholarship to pursue her studies in Europe.

In Vienna she has played with many of the major orchestras and ensembles, especially Klangforum Wien (specializing in contemporary music) with whom she participated in many 1st performances including appearances at the Salzburg festival and many other major European Festivals.

She still tours with the Strauss Festival Orchester Wien to Japan and Asia every year.

Ilse de Ziah has had a varied and exciting musical career, playing cello all over the world. She has nearly completed her 9th year in the Cork leg of her journey!

Her most recent successes include the production of Dido and Aeneas by Opera 2005 and the release of her CD and publishing of a book of Irish Airs for solo cello.

She has also written music for dance and film

Nicole Panizza studied initially at the Elder Conservatorium in Adelaide before continuing her studies in Dublin and London. She is currently completing her Doctorate at the Royal College of Music in which she is focusing on American Art Song settings of the poet Emily Dickinson.

Nicole has freelanced in Sydney for the Australian season of Phantom of the Opera, Opera Australia and the Cologne and Covent Garden Opera Awards. In London, she worked as Education Officer for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. In Ireland she was a staff member of the Dublin Institute of Technology (Conservatory of Music and Drama), University College Cork and the CIT Cork School of Music. She was also an examiner for the Royal Irish Academy of Music. She currently holds the position of Co-Course Director and Senior Lecturer (Music Performance) at Coventry University (UK).