Richard Bonynge Ensemble
Photo / Claire Bernoth

Founded in 2021, the Richard Bonynge Ensemble (RBE) is an elite chamber ensemble comprised of the finest instrumental students from Penrith Conservatorium of Music and Penrith Youth Orchestra.

As a professional performing ensemble, RBE creates pathways into music for outstanding young performers in the Penrith area. The Ensemble is uniquely placed to represent and celebrate the thriving culture of chamber music in Western Sydney.

The Ensemble gave its first performance at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre in December 2021, at the unveiling of the commissioned portrait of Maestro Richard Bonynge AC, CBE by Australian artist Mathew Lynn. Since then, RBE has performed many times at The Joan and at private events around Sydney, and has even received mentorship from the musicians of Omega Ensemble as part of a partnership with Penrith Con.

Artistic Director Brian Kjim


Joseph Foong (violin)
Hamish Wright (violin)
India Culey (viola)
Flynn Starr (cello)
John Paul Foong (piano)

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