Flinders Quartet (FQ) is instantly recognisable as one of Australia’s most loved chamber music ensembles. A quartet for the twenty-first century, FQ continues its second decade with acknowledged musical skill and maturity. The group's dynamic and stirring performances of a full spectrum of repertoire have audiences and critics articulating their esteem, and the quartet is a highly-respected force in Australian chamber music.
FQ regularly commissions and premieres works by Australian composers. In 2018, the quartet premiered new works by Andrew Ford and Iain Grandage; and revisited a commissioned work by Calvin Bowman. In their ongoing mission to further the Australian tradition of chamber music, FQ has previously commissioned and premiered works by Katy Abbott, Ross Edwards, Elena Kats-Chernin, Stuart Greenbaum, Paul Dean, Paul Grabowsky, Andrew Ford, Ian Munro and Tom Henry. In 2016, FQ launched its Composer Development Program, working with emerging Australian composers, one of whom, Matthew Laing, features in their 2019 season.
Vanguards of the Melbourne chamber music scene, FQ initiated its own annual subscription series in 2002. The series has gained momentum each year, and the quartet now enjoys programming and presenting its own season in three Melbourne venues.
The quartet is regularly invited to perform and tour for chamber music presenters such as Musica Viva, and is in demand at festivals throughout Australia often in association with some of the country’s finest talents, including Slava Grigoryan, Kristian Chong, Ian Munro, Paul Dean, Karin Schaupp, Genevieve Lacey and Jayson Gillham. International engagements have taken FQ to the UK, Singapore, Canada, and most recently, Sweden and Finland, where its was invited to perform the complete string quartets by Sibelius.
Building on its 2006 Limelight Award and 2007 Melbourne Prize for Music nomination, FQ was nominated for a 2007 ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) award for its performance of Gillian Whitehead’s Bright Forms Return in collaboration with new music ensemble Halcyon. In 2010, Flinders was again nominated for the Melbourne Prize for Music, and in 2011 received an ARIA nomination for its CD release with Karin Schaupp (guitar), Fandango.
FQ was Radio 3MBS FM’s inaugural Artists in Residence, a position held until 2006. The quartet continues to receive regular airplay on that station, as well as on ABC Classic FM, Sydney’s Fine Music FM, various other Australian stations, and on Finland’s Radio Vega and the UK’s BBC Three.
FQ’s first commercial CD release, Reinventions with Genevieve Lacey, met with critical and popular acclaim and was re-released on the ABC Classics label in 2015, reaching #1 on the ARIA Core Classical album chart. Also on the ABC Classics label is its ARIA-nominated 2011 release, Fandango with Karin Schaupp, and 2015 release Intimate Voices: Sibelius String Quartets. In late 2018, FQ released a 2-CD set of four Australian works commissioned and/or premiered by the quartet: The Offering.
The members of Flinders Quartet have a steadfast commitment to the development of Australian chamber music, musicians and audiences. As teachers and mentors, they regularly work with the Australian Youth Orchestra and its developmental programs for young chamber groups. They also work with the Victorian Amateur Chamber Music Society, and are regularly invited to tutor at secondary and tertiary institutions throughout Australia including the University of Melbourne. In 2018, Flinders Quartet were appointed Artistic Patrons of John Noble’s Quartet Program.
“... Flinders Quartet displays a tight ensemble with exemplary intonation ... We are indeed fortunate to have resident in Australia a quartet of this very high calibre.”
— CLASSIKON, July 2017
The Huntington Estate Music Festival is one of the brightest stars in Australia’s musical firmament. For three decades, it has been bringing together top-flight musicians from around the country and around the world to present a breathtaking array of chamber music masterpieces, both iconic favourites and delicious new discoveries. Presented by the Huntington Estate Winery in association with Musica Viva Australia, and held in the winery’s Barrel Room, one of the most remarkable and surprising music venues in the world, the Festival is a delight to audiences and musicians alike.After 30 stellar years of exceptional music-making, however, the 2019 Festival will be the last, with Huntington Estate owners Tim and Nicky Stevens reluctantly deciding that their grapes – and their young family – must come first. To mark this significant occasion, ABC Classic is proud to delve into its broadcast archives to present this selection of some of the Festival’s most memorable performances across a typically diverse and intriguing range of repertoire: from Schubert and Dvořák to Bach’s astonishing eldest son Wilhelm Friedemann and Australian composers Ross Edwards and Ian Munro.It was Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra who began the Festival and established it as a serious contender on the world stage – and the hottest concert tickets in the country! This album includes superb three recordings from those early years: music of Mendelssohn, Brahms and Percy Grainger.In 2006, the ACO passed the baton to Musica Viva and Artistic Director Carl Vine, opening up the Festival’s artist roster to an extraordinary range of musicians, both local and international. From among the literally hundreds of thrilling performances, this album features New York-based Australian pianist Andrea Lam, Russian-Armenian clarinettist Narek Arutyunian, the rich bass-baritone of Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Vienna’s acclaimed Eggner Trio, along with regular Festival guests the Goldner String Quartet and the rising stars of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) Chamber Orchestra.…/2The CD of this compilation is available exclusively at the Festival itself, but for all those who can’t make the trip to Mudgee, ABC Classic is releasing the full album as a digital album, for download and streaming, so that audiences all around the world can share in the celebration. TRACKLISTING 1 MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 3 ‘Scottish’: II. Vivace non troppo2 BRAHMS arr. ANGERER Chorale Prelude ‘O Gott, du frommer Gott’3 GRAINGER Blithe Bells Australian Chamber Orchestra, Richard Tognetti director (2002 / 2004) SCHUBERT4 An die Musik (To Music)5 Erlkönig (The Erl-King)6 Die Forelle (The Trout)7 Die Taubenpost (Pigeon Post) from Schwanengesang Teddy Tahu Rhodes bass-baritone, Kristian Chong piano (2007) WF BACH Sinfonia in F major ‘Dissonant’8 I. Vivace9 II. Andante10 III. Vivace11 IV. Menuetto I & II ANAM Chamber Orchestra, Paul Wright violin / conductor (2010) 12 ROSS EDWARDS String Quartet No. 2 ‘Shekina Fantasy’: I. Allegro moderato Goldner String Quartet (2010) MENDELSSOHN13 Song without Words Op. 67 No. 2 – Allegro leggiero14 Song without Words Op. 85 No. 4 – Andante sostenuto Andrea Lam piano (2012) 15 WEBER Clarinet Quintet in B-flat major: II. Fantasia Narek Arutyunian clarinet, Australian String Quartet (2012) MUNRO Piano Trio No. 2 ‘Book of Lullabies’ – Excerpts16 II. Lullaby in Edo17 III. Kun Mun Kultani Tulisi18 IV. Skye Boat Song Dimity Hall violin, Julian Smiles cello, Ian Munro piano (2013) 19 DVOŘÁK Piano Trio No. 1: II. Adagio molto e mesto Eggner Trio (2015)