Formed by Jennifer Eriksson in 2000, The Marais Project is a celebration of music for the viola da gamba centred around the work of Marin Marais, the great French virtuoso viola da gamba performer and composer. The ensemble’s initial aim was to perform the complete works of Marais a monumental task which is more than 85% complete. However, since our formation we have extended our repertoire beyond the French baroque to include mediaeval and renaissance music as well as commissioning and recording some twenty new Australian works.

Regular ensemble members: Catherine Upex, Tommie Andersson, Fiona Ziegler and Belinda Montgomery. Guest artists include: Koen van Stade, Matthew Bruce, Daniel Yeadon, Mikaela Oberg, Shaun Ng, Melissa Farrow, Susie Bishop. Steve Elphick, Anna Sandstrom, David Hidden, Raymond Harvey and Anthony Abouhamad.

Collaborators: The Muffat Collective, The Early Dance Consort, “Mara!, jazz pianist and composer Kevin Hunt, Sydney Chamber Choir and composers such as Stephen Yates, Rosalind Page, Emily-Rose Šárkova, Dan Walker, Paul Cutlan, Matt McMahon, Llew and Mara Kiek and Matthew Perry.


  • A culture beauty of tone and a confidence that placed her among the viola da gambist worth going a long way to hear – Sydney Morning Herald
  • An exciting and rather unusual concert – Arts Hub
  • A beautiful and varied collection of early and recent music for Baroque ensemble – The Music Trust
  • Eriksson has created an ensemble that performs this thoughtful programme with brilliant musicianship. It is an intimate recording, rich in detail – Sounds Like Sydney
  • Under the curating of Jenny Eriksson the Marais Project continues to present unusual and engaging programs of first rate quality – ClassikON
  • (an) impeccably performed and hugely enjoyable musical smorgasbord – Limelight Magazine

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