Eljo Agenbach

Clarinetist | Educator | Collaborator


Eljo is a performer, educator and collaborator based in Melbourne, Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Studies from the University of Western Australia, Conservatorium of Music (2016-2019) where she received numerous awards and scholarships honouring her performing and academic achievements. Eljo is also a recent Bachelor of Music (Honours) graduate from the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University where she studied with acclaimed Australian clarinettist, Paul Dean. She has performed in masterclasses with Sabine Meyer, Andreas Ottensamer, Jose Franch-Ballester and Andrew Simon, to name a few.

During her studies at the UWA Conservatorium of Music, Eljo had the pleasure of performing with many of the University's ensembles including the UWA Symphony, Wind and Chamber Orchestras. Most notably, Eljo performed the first movement of Einojuhani Rautavaara's Clarinet Concerto with the UWA Symphony Orchestra in the 2018 VOSE Memorial Prize, held in the Perth Concert Hall. Eljo has also travelled across the country with the UWA Wind Quintet to perform alongside internationally recognized artists such as Teddy Tahu Rhodes (Baritone) and the Southern Cross Soloists in the 2018 Bangalow Music Festival, as well as with members of the West Australian Opera in their 2018 series Opera in the Pinnacles. In addition to her commitments at UWA, Eljo performed with other local ensembles including the West Coast Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Pops Orchestra, St George's College Chamber Orchestra, and the Perth Orchestra Project.

Eljo is passionate about all forms of music making and collaboration, with a particular interest in contemporary classical and experimental music. She regularly works with and performs music by living composers and has given several premieres of new works, including Australian composer Cat Hope's opera, Speechless, as part of the 2019 Perth International Arts Festival.

From 2017-2020, Eljo was heavily involved with the experimental music scene in Perth, Western Australia. Here, she regularly collaborated with local sound artists, musicians and composers and was invited to perform in Audible Edge (2018) - an experimental music festival run by local record label, Tone List. Eljo also had the pleasure of premiering several new works by young composers as part of Tura New Music's Breaking Out concert in their bi-annual event, Totally Huge New Music Festival in 2017.

At the Queensland Conservatorium between 2020 and 2021, Eljo performed with the Women of Noise group, the Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, and the creative music ensemble, as well as with her wind quintet.

In addition to her performing commitments, Eljo runs an online teaching studio for clarinetists of all ages and abilities. She is also a keen photographer and visual artist.

Interested in lessons? Get in touch!

Eljo is proud to be affiliated with RATstands as part of their Artist Endorsement program.

Solo Clarinet | Clarinet and Electronics

Krysztof Penderecki | Prelude for Solo Clarinet in B-flat (1987)
Luciano Berio | Sequenza ix (1980)
Olivier Messiaen | Abîme des Oiseaux from Quatour pour la fin du temps (1941)
Igor Stravinsky | Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet (1919)
Holly Harrison | A Mad Tea-Party for Clarinet and live electronics (2008/2018)

Clarinet and Orchestra

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra in A Major, K. 622 (1791)
Einojuhani Rautavaara | Clarinet Concerto, Mvt I (2001)
Ross Edwards | Clarinet Concerto, Mvt I-II (2007)

Clarinet and Piano

Francis Poulenc | Sonate pour clarinette et piano, FP 184 (1962)
Robert Schumann | Fantasiestücke , Op. 73 (1849)
Johannes Brahms | Clarinet Sonata No.2 in E-flat major, Op.120 (1894)
Leonard Bernstein | Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (1940-41)
Mieczysław Weinberg | Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 28 (1970)
Olivier Messiaen arr. Adrian Soares | Vocalise (1935)
George Gershwin arr. Adrian Soares | Three Preludes (1926)

Chamber Music

Francis Poulenc | Sonate pour deux clarinettes, FP 7 (1918)
Ross Edwards | Four Bagatelles for Oboe and Clarinet (1994)
Rebecca Clarke | Prelude, Allegro and Pastorale for Clarinet and Viola (1941)
Igor Stravinky | L'Histoire du soldat - Trio version (1918)
Johannes Brahms | Zwei Gesänge, Op. 91 for Voice, Clarinet and Piano (1863-1884)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | Clarinet Quintet K581 (1789)
Gyorgi Ligeti | Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet (1951-53)
Carl Nielsen | Kvintet for Flöte, Obo, Klarinet, Horn og Fagot, Op. 43 (1922)
Paul Hindemith | Kleine Kammermusik no. 2 (1922)

Wisp (2020) | Tanya Jones (Brisbane, Australia) | Women of Noise Digital Orchestra

Free Improvisation (2020) | Queensland Conservatorium New Music Ensemble

Monaro Study (2008) | Thomas Meadowcroft | A GreyWing Ensemble release
Clarinet: Lindsay Vickery
Bass Clarinet: Eljo Agenbach

Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet (1919) - Movement 1 | Igor Stravinsky (1919)

photographed by Matthew Galligan

Interested in learning the clarinet? I can help! With 5+ years experience, I pride myself on providing a fun and supportive learning experience for students of all ages.

Currently, I teach lessons online or within the Eltham North (VIC) area.

I can offer tuition in:
Beginner to intermediate clarinet, including AMEB and ATAR exams
Beginner piano
Primary and High School music theory and aural skills

For more information, please fill out the form on the contact page and I will be in touch.

Eljo is currently taking clients for headshot photography. Get in touch here for a free quote!

Collaboration between Xenia St. Charles Gilbert (composer) and Eljo Agenbach (bass clarinet/visual art)

Music | Don't make eye contact with the river.
for bass clarinet and electronics
Visual Art | when did the light leave?
digital painting


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