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Flinders Quartet was born from a love of the string quartet repertoire and it is this love that has fuelled our creativity for 18 years. Let’s face it, we are pretty lucky to have such great music at our disposal; music that withstands centuries and the inevitable shifting perspective. The excitement of adding to this history with new compositions and representing 21st century Australia through the string quartet canon makes our 2019 season all about the love of great music. We can’t wait to share it all with you.

For further information, please contact
Wendy Avilov, Manager | 0417 798 523 | wendy@flindersquartet.com

... enjoyable and unpretentious night of high- class music. The program was a reminder of the Flinders Quartet’s unique and refreshing ability to present an exceptional standard of classical music in a way that feels warm and human
— CLASSIC MELBOURNE, AUGUST 2018

BIOGRAPHIES

FLINDERS QUARTET

Flinders Quartet (FQ) is instantly recognisable as one of Australia’s most loved chamber music ensembles. A quartet for the twenty-first century, FQ continues its second decade with acknowledged musical skill and maturity. The group's dynamic and stirring performances of a full spectrum of repertoire have audiences and critics articulating their esteem, and the quartet is a highly-respected force in Australian chamber music.

FQ regularly commissions and premieres works by Australian composers. In 2018, the quartet premiered new works by Andrew Ford and Iain Grandage; and revisited a commissioned work by Calvin Bowman. In their ongoing mission to further the Australian tradition of chamber music, FQ has previously commissioned and premiered works by Katy Abbott, Ross Edwards, Elena Kats-Chernin, Stuart Greenbaum, Paul Dean, Paul Grabowsky, Andrew Ford, Ian Munro and Tom Henry. In 2016, FQ launched its Composer Development Program, working with emerging Australian composers, one of whom, Matthew Laing, features in their 2019 season.

Vanguards of the Melbourne chamber music scene, FQ initiated its own annual subscription series in 2002. The series has gained momentum each year, and the quartet now enjoys programming and presenting its own season in three Melbourne venues.

The quartet is regularly invited to perform and tour for chamber music presenters such as Musica Viva, and is in demand at festivals throughout Australia often in association with some of the country’s finest talents, including Slava Grigoryan, Kristian Chong, Ian Munro, Paul Dean, Karin Schaupp, Genevieve Lacey and Jayson Gillham. International engagements have taken FQ to the UK, Singapore, Canada, and most recently, Sweden and Finland, where its was invited to perform the complete string quartets by Sibelius.

Building on its 2006 Limelight Award and 2007 Melbourne Prize for Music nomination, FQ was nominated for a 2007 ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) award for its performance of Gillian Whitehead’s "Bright Forms Return" in collaboration with new music ensemble Halcyon. In 2010, Flinders was again nominated for the Melbourne Prize for Music, and in 2011 received an ARIA nomination for its CD release with Karin Schaupp (guitar), "Fandango".

FQ was Radio 3MBS FM’s inaugural Artists in Residence, a position held until 2006. The quartet continues to receive regular airplay on that station, as well as on ABC Classic FM, Sydney’s Fine Music FM, various other Australian stations, and on Finland’s Radio Vega and the UK’s BBC Three.

FQ’s first commercial CD release, “Reinventions” with Genevieve Lacey, met with critical and popular acclaim and was re-released on the ABC Classics label in 2015, reaching #1 on the ARIA Core Classical Album Chart. Also on the ABC Classics label is their ARIA-nominated 2011 release, “Fandango”, with Karin Schaupp, and 2015 release “Intimate Voices: Sibelius String Quartets”. In late 2018, FQ will release a 2-CD set of four Australian works commissioned and/or premiered by the quartet.

The members of Flinders Quartet have a steadfast commitment to the development of Australian chamber music, musicians and audiences. As teachers and mentors, they regularly work with the Australian Youth Orchestra and its developmental programs for young chamber groups.  They also work with the Victorian Amateur Chamber Music Society, and are regularly invited to tutor at secondary and tertiary institutions throughout Australia including the University of Melbourne. In 2018, Flinders Quartet were appointed Artistic Patrons of John Noble’s Quartet Program.

GUEST ARTISTS

 Genevieve Lacey, image by Heide Smith

Genevieve Lacey, image by Heide Smith

GENEVIEVE LACEY (recorders) is a recorder virtuoso, serial collaborator and artistic director, with a significant recording catalogue and a career as an international soloist.

She’s commissioned and premiered works by composers as diverse as Erkki-Sven Tuur (Estonia), Elena Kats-Chernin (Australia), John Surman (UK), Peter Sculthorpe (Australia), Christian Fennesz (Austria), Ben Frost (Iceland), Paul Grabowsky (Australia) and Nico Muhly (USA). Genevieve also creates large-scale collaborative projects, recent examples including Pleasure Garden (an interactive sound sculpture), one-infinity (a music-dance piece with Jun Tian Fang, Beijing Dance Theatre, Dance North, composer Max de Wardener and choreographer-director Gideon Obarzanek, 2016-), Life in Music (a 5-part series, written, composed and narrated by Genevieve for ABC Radio National, 2015), Namatjira (a theatre piece, and now a feature documentary film, 2010-17).

Her wide-ranging musical interests have seen her playing for the Queen in Westminster Abbey, representing Australian culture with a performance at the Lindau International Convention of Nobel Laureates, playing as a concerto soloist in the BBC Proms, making music in a prison in remote Western Australia, and at the opening night of the London Jazz Festival. Her repertoire spans ten centuries and collaborators include filmmakers Sophie Raymond and Marc Silver, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Danish pipe and tabor player Poul Høxbro, playwright-director Scott Rankin, and iconic Australian singer-songwriter Paul Kelly. Genevieve has also performed as soloist with Academy of Ancient Music, English Concert, Concerto Copenhagen, Tapiola and Kymi Sinfonietta, St Petersburg Chamber Orchestra, Korean Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and all the major Australian Symphony Orchestras.

Genevieve has won two ARIAs (Australian Recording Industry Awards), a Helpmann Award, Australia Council, Freedman and Churchill Fellowships and Outstanding Musician, Melbourne Prize for Music. She holds degrees (including a doctorate) in music and English literature from universities in Melbourne, Switzerland and Denmark.

In 2018, Genevieve is Artist in Residence at Melbourne Recital Centre, she takes on a new role as Artistic Advisor to UKARIA, and continues as Chair of the Australian Music Centre board, and inaugural Artistic Director of FutureMakers, Musica Viva Australia’s artist leadership program.

Web: genevievelacey.com


 Hao Zheng, image by Tower Liu

Hao Zheng, image by Tower Liu

HAO ZHENG (Er-Hu) Born in China, Hao learnt to play the Erhu at age of six. Just a year later he was accepted to study at the Primary School of Nanjing’s Academy of Arts, a well-known prestige school which is famous of its children ensembles which are formed by only accepting children with demonstrated talents in performing arts. Hao toured extensively throughout China and overseas playing with the ensemble and performed as a soloist. He then studied in the conservatory attached to Nanjing University of the Arts before migrated to Australia in 1995.

Since then Hao has performed in many high profile concerts, festivals and music events in his new home country. These have included the ABC’s “Music Deli”, the Melbourne Festival, Four Winds Festival, the Port Fairy Folk Festival and many major corporate events. In 2008 he was invited by the Australian film music composer David Hirschfelder to record soundtracks for the Hollywood movie Children of Huang Shi. In 2010 he was invited by another successful Australian film music composer, Frank Strangio, to record soundtracks for the American film Dragon Pearl featuring actor Sam Neill. In 2011, he was accompanied by the string members of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, performing, Horse Racing, an Erhu solo piece re-arranged by the Australian composer, Julian Yu. Hao Zheng has been a member of the Australian Chinese Ensemble since 1997. His extensive repertoire ranges from the traditional to the contemporary and from the East to the West.

Web: haozheng-erhu