Surviving multiple personnel changes and a competitive artistic environment certainly has its challenges. Cellist, Zoe Knighton, suggests the group’s ability to thrive through the changes is largely due to the continued love of the string quartet repertoire: “We always try to put the music at the core of what we do, and our shared love of the string quartet brings us together. The music is totally addictive and all consuming.”
An ensemble whose mission is to ensure everyone has a chance to fall in love with the music of the string quartet, Flinders Quartet’s passion for the music it plays is second to none. Critics have showered the recent incarnation of Flinders Quartet with praise:
“… perfectly balanced…”
“…great vim and vigour on display by the FQ musicians that thoroughly thrilled this audience.”
The first concert of their 2019 season promises no less excitement. Violinist Nicholas Waters has been championing Schumann’s third string quartet for years and now has his chance to live a dream of playing this thoroughly romantic work. “It’s real heart on your sleeve stuff,” he says, “I have always wanted to play this piece.” It has certainly won the quartet over with cellist Zoe Knighton saying, “Schumann allows us to really let our emotions loose. It’s such gratifying music to listen to and perhaps some of the most perfect romantic music ever written.”
Taking its role as one of the nation’s leading ensembles very seriously, FQ runs numerous education and outreach programs including its celebrated annual Composer Development Program. As Zoe Knighton explains, these programs are focussed on fostering and developing talent over an extended period of time.
In 2019, Flinders Quartet launches the career of Matthew Laing from its Composer Development Program; promoting his journey from 2017 participant, to a residency at All That We Are artist retreat in Hobart, to having his first full string quartet premiered in 2019 in FQ’s season. Laing was also recently awarded an Ian Potter Cultural Trust grant to support his travel to Berlin to mentor with musician and composer, Brett Dean, with whom he will work on the FQ commission. A rare chance to witness the beginning of a career, FQ is confident Matthew Laing’s music will one day be heard internationally.
To view the Flinders Quartet 2019 Season Video please click here
Joseph Haydn: String Quartet Op. 64, No. 3
Matthew Laing: Out of Hibernation*
Robert Schumann: String Quartet No. 3 in A major, Op. 41, No. 3
* World premiere; Laing was a 2017 FQ Composer Development Program participant
Violins Thibaud Pavlovic-Hobba & Nicholas Waters
Viola Helen Ireland
Cello Zoe Knighton
2019 subscription packages also available for x3 concerts at Montsalvat.
Adult subscriber: $111
Concession subscriber: $90
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Barn Gallery, Sunday February 24, 2.30pm