Convent Live presents: Penny Quartet
Penny Quartet, the dynamic young Australian string quartet, present a recital of two great classics. Known across the country and beyond for their vibrant approach to performance, this is a rare opportunity to hear them play an exclusively classical program.
Mozart's “Spring” quartet is an incredibly tender and finessed work, soaring melodies and dramatic passagework combining to create an electric atmosphere. Beethoven's Opus 18 no. 1 is a favourite for Penny Quartet, and despite it being only the second string quartet Beethoven ever wrote, it is an absolute pinnacle of the repertoire. Full of twists and turns, and a heart breaking second movement based on the tomb scene from Romeo and Juliet, this is a must-see-live masterpiece.
Harry Ward – guest violin
Madeleine Jevons – violin
Anthony Chataway – viola
Jack Ward – cello
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – String Quartet no. 14 in G Major, K 387
Ludwig Van Beethoven – Opus 18. no 1
About Penny Quartet
An exciting new addition to Australian chamber music making, the Penny Quartet are rapidly gaining a reputation as a fresh interpretative voice with drive and passion. Founded in early 2014, the group brings a vibrant approach to their performances across the country.
In their inaugural year, they were nominated for the Freedman Fellowship award, were the recipients of the John and Rosemary Macleod Travelling Fellowship and winners of the Australian National Academy of Music Chamber Music Competition. Since then, the Penny Quartet have been ensemble in residence at the Four Winds Festival, presented independent recital tours across Australia and made their international debut as full scholarship holders at the St. Lawrence String Quartet seminar at Stanford, CA.
Penny Quartet regularly collaborate and record with various composers and musicians, both independently and as Festival artists. They have been part of the “Local Heroes” subscription series at the Melbourne Recital Centre since late 2017 and are 2018 recipients of the Contemporary Masters Award. Penny Quartet are also 2019 Featured Artists with Musica Viva Australia's regional touring program.
With diverse individual backgrounds and experiences across the globe, the group brings together years of knowledge and training to create a mature quartet sound. The Penny Quartet's repertoire is wide and varied; a love for the core quartet repertoire is intertwined with an urge to explore less charted territory.
“Full of colour, energy, precision, delight and wonder. An outstanding performance from our of our leading young string quartets.” – Melbourne Recital Centre
About Convent Live
This concert is presented as part of Convent Live, a year-round performing arts series of concerts and performances presented in the Convent’s signature intimate and unique venues. Convent Live is a chance to enjoy a diverse range of performances up close and personal with talented local, national and international performers. The Abbotsford Convent Foundation works in collaboration with a range of curators, thinkers and programmers. This concert was developed in collaboration with Chris Howlett, Convent Live’s classical music curatorial consultant.