Goldner String Quartet and Sydney Conservatorium of Music announce partnership

19 April 2013

The Goldner String Quartet will perform two concerts at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
The Goldner String Quartet will perform two concerts at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

The Sydney Conservatorium of Music has announced an exciting new collaboration with Australia's pre-eminent string quartet, the Goldner String Quartet. The partnership involves masterclasses, two concerts and the appointment of cellist Julian Smiles as a lecturer with the Conservatorium.

The Goldner String Quartet has performed to critical acclaim at major halls and festivals around the world since its formation in 1995. Today all four founding members are still playing with the quartet - Dene Olding (violin), Dimity Hall (violin), Irina Morozova (viola) and Julian Smiles (cello). All four have held principal positions with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Australian Chamber Orchestra.

In 2013 the Quartet will perform two Sydney concerts at the Conservatorium's historic Verbrugghen Hall. The first of these performances, on Wednesday 29 May, features Szymanowski's String Quartet No. 1, followed by the 4th string quartet of Shostakovich, and ending with Dvořák's String Quartet No. 12 'American'.

Throughout the year the Quartet will also conduct two chamber music masterclasses. Student groups will perform for the quartet, which will provide feedback on their performance. Additionally, selected composition students will write five-minute works that the quartet will rehearse and workshop with the student composers, before a final performance for students.

In a further strengthening of the ties between the quartet and the Conservatorium, after an exhaustive international search the Conservatorium has appointed Julian Smiles to the faculty as a lecturer in cello. The appointment will take effect from 1 July this year.

Karl Kramer, Dean of the Conservatorium said: "Links with the profession are an integral part of developing the excellence and artistry of aspiring musicians and composers. I could not be more pleased that in partnering with the Goldner String Quartet, our students will have the opportunity to work with artists of this calibre."

Event details

What: Goldner String Quartet performance

  • Szymanowski: String Quartet No. 1 in C major, Op. 37
  • Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 4 in D major, Op. 83
  • Dvořák: String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96 'American'

When: 7.30pm Wednesday 29 May

Where: Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Macquarie Street, Sydney 

Cost: $33/$44/$55 (additional fees may apply)

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