Karin Schaupp, guitar

Flinders Quartet

                Thibaud Pavlovic-Hobba, violin

                Wilma Smith, violin

                Helen Ireland, viola

                Zoe Knighton, cello

Once in a while a collaboration reaches the heart of why we make music. This concert honours such a collaboration, built on friendship and love.

Composer Carl Vine was for two decades Musica Viva Australia’s Artistic Director. In 2019 Paul Kildea assumed the mantle, and for this concert asked his predecessor to create a new work for a much-admired soloist and string quartet, commissioned by a longstanding subscriber wishing to immortalise the joyous memory of her late daughter.

Classical guitarist Karin Schaupp will premiere this celebration of life and music. Joining the award-winning soloist on stage is the renowned Flinders Quartet, which embarks on its first national tour since welcoming Wilma Smith as second violin.

The concert includes Imogen Holst’s moving Phantasy QuartetSouthern Cross Dreaming by Australia’s Richard Charlton, and deliciously contrasting works for guitar and strings from three very different Italians, ending with two movements from Boccherini’s fiery Fandango, a work they recorded in 2010 for ABC Classics.

This special program captures the spirit of works rarely heard but exceedingly inspired – all carrying the passion, artistry and friendship that characterise Musica Viva Australia’s concerts.


CARULLI Guitar Concerto, Op. 8 (c. 1809)
CHARLTON Southern Cross Dreaming (2007)
CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO Quintet, Op. 143, for Guitar & String Quartet (1950)
VINE Endless for Guitar & String Quartet (2021)*
I HOLST Phantasy Quartet (1928)
BOCCHERINI Guitar Quintet No. 4: Grave and Fandango (1798)

*World premiere performances. Commissioned for Musica Viva Australia by Kathryn Bennett.

  • Light amplifcation for the guitar to balance with the string quartet
  • 5 armless chairs
  • 5 music stands

All artists are available for a variety of workshops and masterclasses

Mid-late March

Book an artist

Travel to centres in regional NSW is subsidised through the support of Create NSW. Musica Viva can book the artists, arrange all travel and accommodation, provide posters, flyers and program information.
If you are interested in bringing an ensemble to your town or city, please contact:

Sean Moloney

Manager, Special Projects & Regional Touring


02 8394 6662