Four Winds deeply values the relationships we have – and we are building – with artists, with audiences and with our many communities, especially our own local community. We have as one of our central ambitions – to identify and encourage aspiring and practicing artists and arts leaders who will come to call Four Winds home. Four Winds has been very fortunate to partner with organisations such as the Australian National Academy of Music, as well as some talented performers and music creators, to host some extremely exciting residency programs at the Four Winds site.

As part of the creative partnership between the Australian National Academy of Music and Four Winds, the ANAM Music Makers Residency hopes to give young and emerging musicians with opportunities for performance, ensemble consolidation, strategic direction, and artistic leadership in a community context.

If you are a musician and would like to find out more about how you can apply to become a Four Winds Artist in Residence, please send a brief pitch of your project to: Phone: +61 2 6493 3414 or Send Mail

ANAM - October 2018

Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) Artists in Residence Liam Wooding (piano) and Jackson Bankovic (trombone).

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Malumba - July 2018

Local composers and musicians Dan Efraemson and John Hoorweg have been busy recording the latest Malumba album, as well as recording a couple of Narooma High School HSC music students. Eden Brennan took the opportunity to record a Celtic march on her harp, while Georgia Macdonald recorded an original song. The acoustics are absolutely sublime – the instruments almost seem to play themselves!

David Hewitt (percussionist/composer) - Jed Silver (sound designer) - May 2018

ONDES | The Ghosts Between Us

David Hewitt, Percussionist/Composer, and Jed Silver, Sound Designer, finalised the recording of their ONDES Project – The Ghosts Between Us – which opened as a sound installation at the DARK MOFO | NIGHT MASS event. DARK MOFO 2018 began at MONA – The Museum of Old and New Art – in Hobart.

ANAM Strings - March/April 2018

ANAM Strings | Four Winds 2018 Easter Festival


Jasmine Baric (NSW)
Laura Barton (NZ)
William Huxtable (WA)
Hana King (NSW)
Phoebe Masel (QLD)
Liam Oborne (VIC)
Mana Ohashi (VIC)
Elliott Plumpton(QLD)
Johnny van Gend (QLD)

Double Bass

Robert Nicholls (VIC)


Eunise Cheng (WA)
Alexander MacDonald (NZ)
Jared Yapp (WA)


David Moran (SA)
Vicky Zhang (NSW)

The String Contingent - April 2016

The String Contingent recorded their new album in the Windsong Pavilion.

The String Contingent - January 2015

The String Contingent – A whole week of musical creativity and improvisation to generate potential new pieces for their album and their upcoming tour. Experimenting with creating music by improvising rather than showing just the finished, perfectly rehearsed piece.

ANAM - Brass Trio - October 2015

Three of ANAM’s shining brass students, Rebecca Luton (French Horn), Sarah Henderson (Trumpet), and Amanda Tillet (Trombone), joined together to showcase the versatility and expression of brass music.

During their stay, they are actively engaging with the local community through performances at several local schools and libraries, as well as a pop-up show at Candelo Books and a finale performance at the Four Winds Pavilion on the 17th October.The girls are also offering lessons in their instruments for members of the community interested in learning from young people at the top of their field.

ANAM - Penny Quartet - March/April 2015

Based in Melbourne, the Penny Quartet formed in early March 2014 at the Australian National Academy of Music. Making their public debut in a live national broadcast that same month, the group have since performed in high profile master classes with prominent artists such as the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Sitkovetsky Trio, as well as numerous concerts and festivals. Most recently, they have been nominated for the 2014 Freedman Fellowship award, are the proud recipients of the 2014 John and Rosemary Macleod Travelling Fellowship and winners of the 2014 ANAM Chamber Music Competition.

With diverse individual backgrounds and experiences across Australia, Europe, America and the UK, the group brings together their many years of knowledge and training to create a mature quartet sound. The Penny Quartet’s repertoire is wide and varied, spanning pre-Baroque to today’s best composers. A love for the core quartet repertoire is at the forefront of their programming, but is closely followed by an urge to explore less charted territory.

In March and April of 2015, the Penny Quartet came to Four Winds for a two-week residency. Their residency program included pop-up shows, workshops, visits to the local schools, and culminated in a recital at the Four Winds site.

Genevieve Lacey - 2015

It was with great pleasure that we welcome Genevieve Lacey back to Four Winds as a Creative Collaborator in 2015. In April 2015, Genevieve spent a week working with audio designer, Jim Atkins, out of the Windsong Pavilion to develop ‘The Pleasure Garden’— a listening garden, and an interactive instrument.

Genevieve describes it as: ‘sounds are brought to life in relation to rhythms of passers by: anyone encountering the garden can play and compose the space, or, simply sink into its beauty and take shelter. Its intentions are gentle, light, and playful. ‘Pleasure Garden’ invites time and space for slow, deep observation and experience, or a few moments of unexpected fun, when discovered by chance, passing through a public place.’

David Hewitt - 2014 – 2015

We are delighted to announce that acclaimed percussionist, David Hewitt, has been selected as our first Creative Collaborator who will be working at Four Winds in 2014 and 2015. As part of his residency, he will be developing a work called, ‘Ondes’.

David says, ‘ONDES will commence life as a new solo work for percussion, voice and live sound design. It is still in its very early stages of development. I am imagining the idiomatic sound world of ONDES being gradually evolving mesmeric rhythms and vocal melodies, ranging from the ecstatic to the contemplative, waves patiently evolving and ebbing like the seasons.’

ANAM - Arcadia Quintet - September 2014

The Arcadia Quintet was formed in 2013 by five like-minded young musicians from around the country, who shared a love of playing together and a passion for wind chamber music. Kiran Phatak, David Reichelt, Lloyd van’t Hoff, Matthew Kneale and Rachel Shaw are all current or former students of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), and have played together in various combinations for a number of years as members of the Australian Youth Orchestra and the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.

In November 2013 the Arcadia Quintet won First Prize in the ANAM Chamber Competition for their performance of Ligeti’s Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet. Shortly afterward, they were awarded a Fellowship at ANAM in 2014. The quintet was invited to be guest artists to the Four Winds Chamber Music Festival as part of this Fellowship. Whilst they were here, they performed an extensive program which including a collaboration with world-renowned Croatian pianist Dejan Lazić.

ANAM - Auric Quartet - May 2013

The Auric Quartet was formed in April 2012, to perform quartets by Zemlinsky and Britten as part of a fellowship project at the Australian National Academy of Music. Encouraged by positive reviews of these performances, an ease of collaboration, and a shared passion for quartet playing, the goal of forming a professional ensemble was a natural ambition.

In February 2013, the quartet had its first public engagements as a quartet, performing Bartók, Britten and Adès at the Perth International Arts Festival Quartetthaus as part of the Writer’s Festival with guest cellist Michael Dahlenberg.

Starting in May 2013, in partnership with ANAM, the quartet was invited to undertake three separate one-month residencies in Bermagui, NSW. The program involves intensive rehearsal periods, and assisting with music education programs in the region.