GIBS warmly welcomed the acclaimed Oberton String Octet for a return visit this past Friday, November 8th for a day of open rehearsal. Students in years 3-8 had the opportunity to listen to this fantastic octet prepare for an upcoming CD release, and experience first-hand what it is like to work in a professional classical music ensemble. Additionally, students were treated to a concert in the long break which featured the Oberton group performing alone and alongside GIBS string players (from year 7 and the GIBS String Ensemble). The strings were prepared and conducted by former GIBS student and Oberton co-founder and cellist Floris Fortin.
Since their inception in 2015, The Oberton String Octet has performed widely throughout Europe to critical acclaim. Highlights include their debut at the Musikverein Graz, the Vienna Film Festival in Yekaterinburg (Russia), the 100th anniversary celebration of the Austrian Republic (with Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen, Vienna Hofburg); this past summer they were the ‘Artists in Residence’ of the Steirisches Kammermusikfestival and performed several concerts at the Sounding Jerusalem Festival in Jerusalem, Isreal. More information about the ensemble can be found at www.obertonstringoctet.com.