Based in the wild and unspoiled island state of Tasmania at the southernmost tip of Australia, Van Diemen’s Band gave its debut performances in March 2017 as part of the Ten Days on the Island Festival, presenting a program of Neapolitan music by Fiorenza, Geminiani and the Scarlatti family.
VDB is made up of some of the nation’s most highly respected early music specialists who, between them, have many decades of experience with some of the finest ensembles in Europe and Australia. With a passion for excellence together with integrity of musicological research, VDB strives to share this expertise by presenting its discoveries in exciting and accessible concerts in interesting and unconventional venues.
A flexible ensemble, VDB can vary in size from an intimate chamber group to a larger mid-eighteenth-century orchestra. Working with regular guest directors, VDB explores the creativity and freedom of expression in music of the baroque while deferring to historical sources on style and instrumentation.
Seeing the vital importance of education, VDB has a mission to train the next generation of Tasmanian and national musicians through workshops and an ‘academy’-style teaching program that culminates in professional playing opportunities.
Van Diemen’s Band’s debut CD ‘Cello Napoletano’ for ABC Classics was released in Australia in October 2017, and in the UK/Europe in 2018.
Van Diemen’s Band embarked on its first national tour in October 2018, preforming in the Melbourne International Festival, UKARIA and Port Fairy Spring Music Festival. 2019 will see Van Diemen’s Band touring nationally again, as well as two recording projects for ABC Classics and Swedish recording label Bis.