Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 - Australian String Quartet

The Australian String Quartet (ASQ) welcomes the return of its cellist Sharon Grigoryan who has been on parental leave after the birth of her and husband Slava Grigoryan’s first child. Together, the ASQ is set to embark on a national tour, performing a stirring program of Beethoven and Brahms and a world-premiere season of young Australian composer Kate Moore’s new work Cicadidae, commissioned by the Australian String Quartet in honour of its patron, Maria Myers AC.

Kate Moore, who now resides and works in Amsterdam, wrote the piece as an homage to the driving, rhythmic song of the Cicada, and a poetic statement about the risks that climate change pose on such ubiquitous Australian fauna.

“When remembering the Australian landscape, the sound of cicadas fills the mind. Their presence is felt through their song. Invisible to the eye, the music they make overwhelmingly floods the air on a summer afternoon.” composer Kate Moore.

Moore’s work, commissioned in recognition of the ASQ’s Patron Maria Myers AC, is particularly pertinent because of the strong connection Myers, a prominent philanthropist and advocate of Australian culture and the environment herself, has with the country.

“We must champion and commission Australian art. Through their work, Australian artists reflect our society and our values, bringing their own perspective – helping us to understand, and enriching our own experiences of life” ASQ Patron Maria Myers AC

For the past 12 months the ASQ has performed with an array of guest cellists while Sharon Grigoryan has been on parental leave. ASQ musicians Dale Barltrop and Francesca Hiew (violin) and Stephen King (viola) are thrilled to be once again performing with Grigoryan after this break.

“We cannot thank enough, all of the guest cellists who have joined us in Sharon’s absence; it has truly been an honour. We are so thrilled to have Sharon back with us on our exploration of life through music” Stephen King, viola.

The Australian String Quartet performs Moore Beethoven Brahms around Australia in May and June.

Kate Moore Cicadidae* (Premiere Season)
Beethoven String Quartet op 18 no 4
Brahms String Quartet op 51 no 1

*Commissioned by the Australian String Quartet through the ASQ Richard Divall Australian Music Fund.

More Information:
Samuel Jozeps, ASQ Marketing & Communications Manager
0429 645 436 | [email protected]

 

MOORE BEETHOVEN BRAHMS – AUSTRALIAN STRING QUARTET

Brisbane Tue 21 May, 7pm, Conservatorium Theatre
Sydney Thu 23 May, 7pm, City Recital Hall
Canberra Sun 26 May, 2pm, National Gallery of Australia
Melbourne Mon 27 May, 7pm, Melbourne Recital Centre
Perth Tue 28 May, 7pm, Government House Ballroom
Adelaide Tue 11 June, 7pm, Adelaide Town Hall

BIOGRAPHY – AUSTRALIAN STRING QUARTET

For over 30 years, the Australian String Quartet (ASQ) has created unforgettable string quartet performances for national and international audiences. Dedicated to musical excellence with a distinctly Australian character, the Quartet’s purpose is to create chemistry and amplify intimacy through experiences that connect people with string quartet music.

From its home base at the University of Adelaide, Elder Conservatorium of Music, the ASQ reaches out across Australia and the world to engage people with an outstanding program of performances, workshops, commissions and education projects. The Quartet’s distinct sound is enhanced by a matched set of 18th century Guadagnini instruments, handcrafted by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini between c.1743 and 1784 in Turin and Piacenza, Italy. These precious instruments are on loan for the ASQ’s exclusive use through the generosity of UKARIA.

Dale Barltrop plays a 1784 Guadagnini Violin, Turin
Francesca Hiew plays a 1748-49 Guadagnini Violin, Piacenza
Stephen King plays a 1783 Guadagnini Viola, Turin
Sharon Grigoryan plays a c.1743 Guadagnini Violoncello, Piacenza, 'Ngeringa'

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For over 30 years, the Australian String Quartet (ASQ) has created unforgettable string quartet performances for national and international audiences. Dedicated to musical excellence with a distinctly Australian character, its purpose is to create chemistry and amplify intimacy through experiences that connect people with string quartet music.

From their home base at the University of Adelaide, Elder Conservatorium of Music, the ASQ reach out across Australia and the world to engage people with an outstanding program of performances, workshops, commissions and education projects. Their distinct sound is enhanced by a matched set of 18th century Guadagnini instruments, handcrafted by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini between c.1743 and 1784 in Turin and Piacenza, Italy. These precious instruments are on loan for the Quartet's exclusive use through the generosity of UKARIA.

Dale Barltrop plays a 1784 Guadagnini Violin, Turin.
Francesca Hiew plays a 1748-49 Guadagnini Violin, Piacenza.
Stephen King plays a 1783 Guadagnini Viola, Turin.

Sharon Grigoryan plays a c.1743 Guadagnini Violoncello, Piacenza, ‘Ngeringa’.

Samuel Jozeps
P: +61 (08) 83131779
M: 0429 645 436
W: www.asq.com.au

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The Australian String Quartet (ASQ) welcomes the return of its cellist Sharon Grigoryan who has been on parental leave after the birth of her and husband Slava Grigoryan’s first child. Together, the ASQ is set to embark on a national tour, performing a st

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