Goldner String Quartet

Mozart’s charming Quartet K.157 is the third of the set of six so-called ‘Milanese’ Quartets and was written in 1772 whilst he was still a teenager!  Shostakovich’s emotionally-charged 8th Quartet is a cornerstone of the repertoire and one of his most-often performed works. A motif based on the composer’s initials opens the work and it re-appears in some form in every movement. The masterful Beethoven Quartet is the 2nd of the 3 Quartets commissioned by Count Razumovsky (the 3rd movement contains a Russian theme in his honour). The slow movement is particularly beautiful and according to Carl Czerny may have been inspired by Beethoven’s contemplation of the stars and the music of the spheres.

The Goldner String Quartet was first presented by Musica Viva Australia in 1995, as part of the company's 50th Anniversary Gala. Its first national tour was in 1997 and since then the Quartet has appeared for Musica Viva Australia many times, in mainstage concerts, festivals and several morning series.

Dene Olding, violin

Dimity Hall, violin

Irina Morozova, viola

Julian Smiles, cello

 

Having celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2020, the Goldner String Quartet has longstanding recognition, not only as Australia’s pre-eminent string quartet but as an ensemble of international significance, favourably compared with the best in the world.

 

Launched in 1995 and still retaining all founding members, the Quartet is named after Richard Goldner, founder of Musica Viva Australia. The musicians are well known to Australian and international audiences through their performances and recordings and for their concurrent membership of the Australia Ensemble UNSW. All have occupied principal positions in organisations such as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Australian Chamber Orchestra.

 

Unanimous audience and critical acclaim following its Wigmore Hall debut in 1997 ensured the Quartet’s invitations to prestigious UK and European festivals. Performances in the USA and throughout Asia have followed, in addition to several tours of New Zealand. The Quartet’s appearances in the 2011 City of London Festival drew capacity audiences and unanimous praise from UK critics and were broadcast on the BBC.

 

The Quartet regularly appears at many of Australia’s leading music festivals including Music in the Hunter, in addition to being Quartet in Residence at the annual Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville. The Quartet has also made many appearances at the Musica Viva Festival and the Huntington Estate Music Festival, and enjoyed outstanding success at the 2017 Adam Chamber Music Festival, in Nelson, NZ. More recently the Quartet has toured the UK, and performed in Italy for the opening of the 2019 Biennale Arte in Venice.

 

Strongly committed to teaching the next generation of string quartets, the Goldner String Quartet has mentored young ensembles through programs of the Australian Youth Orchestra, Musica Viva Australia and the Sydney Conservatorium. New works have been regularly commissioned for the Quartet from many of Australia’s leading composers.

 

The Goldner String Quartet was first presented by Musica Viva Australia in 1995, as part of the company's 50th Anniversary Gala. Its first national tour was in 1997 and since then the Quartet has appeared for Musica Viva Australia many times, in mainstage concerts, festivals and several morning series.

Mozart Quartet No.4 in C major K.157

Shostakovich Quartet No.8 in C minor Op.110

Interval

Beethoven Quartet in E minor, Op.59 No.2

Event and Ticketing Details

Dates & Times

Blackheath   19 April 2024 7pm
Yass   30 June 2024 2pm
Armidale   15 September 3pm