Masterclass with Esmé Quartet | Sydney

Musica Viva Australia Masterclasses

Masterclass with Esmé Quartet | Sydney

Come behind the scenes with us and be inspired as internationally acclaimed artists share their experience and expertise with talented early-career artists and young music students. 

This masterclass is hosted by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Esmé Quartet

Praised for their warm sound and powerful stage presence, the Esmé Quartet was formed in 2016 at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, Germany by four musicians who had been friends since their youth. The Quartet has rapidly gained a worldwide reputation as a chamber ensemble of exceptional artistry and achievement. In spring of 2018, the quartet won the first prize as well as sweeping four special prizes at the prestigious Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition in London, and in the same year it became HSBC Laureate of the Académie du Festival d’Aix. This recognition followed prizes at the Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition and the 55th Possehl Musikpreis Lübeck. In October 2020, the quartet was awarded the first Hans-Gál Prize by the Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz, and Villa Musica.

The Esmé Quartet was named the first Artists-in-Residence at the Lotte Concert Hall, Seoul, Korea for the 2020-2021 season. Recent performances include appearances at the Lucerne Festival, Wigmore Hall, the Flagey Musiq3 Festival in Brussels, Auditori Barcelona, Opéra de Lille, and as the quartet in residence at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, the McGill International String Quartet Academy in Montreal, the Heidelberg String Quartet Festival and Classic Esterházy in Eisenstadt.

They made their highly acclaimed debut tour of the United States and Canada in Spring 2022 followed by their debut tour of Japan in Fall 2022. Recent highlights include a tour of Italy, and return engagements to the Festival Musiq3 and Wigmore Hall, along with concerts in Germany and Portugal.

The Esme Quartet performed John Adams’ “Absolute Jest” with the Hong Kong Philharmonic in February 2023, with the Gyeonggi Philharmonic at the Seoul Arts Center in April 2023, and mostly recently with the composer conducting the Quartet and the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra in January 2024. They performed Michel van der Aa’s The Book of Water with British actor Samuel West at the Hong Kong Arts Festival in February 2023. Upcoming highlights include a US tour with 2017 Cliburn gold medalist Yekwon Sunwoo and their debut Australian tour, both in Spring 2024.

Their first CD “To Be Loved” of works by Beethoven, Unsuk Chin, and Frank Bridge on Alpha Classics, was released in January 2020 and was named one of the best classical CDs of 2020 by WQRX Public Radio in New York City. Their second CD “Yessori” Sound from the Past, of works by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and Soo Yeon Lyuh also on Alpha Classics, was released in March 2023.

Belgian-American violist Dimitri Murrath joined the Esme Quartet in April 2023.

The Esmé Quartet studied with Heime Müller and was mentored by artists such as Günter Pichler, Oliver Wille, Eberhard Feltz, Andraś Keller, Christoph Poppen and Jonathan Brown.

The Quartet takes its name “Esmé” from the old French word for “beloved.”

 

 

We would like to thank the following members of our Emerging Artists Giving Circle, whose collective support will enable the artistic development of the next generation of Australian chamber musicians: Nicholas Callinan AO & Elizabeth Callinan, Caroline & Robert Clemente, Patricia H Reid Endowment Fund, Andrew Sisson AO & Tracey Sisson, Mick and Margaret Toller, Anonymous.

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Sydney   6 May 10AM

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Sydney

Recital Hall West

Sydney Conservatorium of Music

1 Conservatorium Rd, Sydney

 

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