In a unique concept, Flinders Quartet explore Shostakovich’s life through a prism of his string quartets.
Inspired by Wendy Lesser’s book Music for Silenced Voices, this program will explore the life of Shostakovich through selections from his fifteen string quartets, and follows his relationship with The Beethoven Quartet; his muse for most of his string quartet writing. Be prepared for something a little left of centre.
String Quartet Cycle
Selected movements from the string quartets of Shostakovich, curated by Flinders Quartet
Nicholas Waters violin
Thibaud Pavlovic-Hobba violin
Helen Ireland viola
Zoe Knighton cello
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.”
To view the Flinders Quartet 2019 Season Video please click here
Available through the Melbourne Recital Centre only. To visit please click here
Barn Gallery, Sunday August 4, 2.30pm