Affinity Quartet Aireys Inlet December Residency
Returning to Aireys Inlet following their wonderful success as winners of the Grand Prize, String Quartet First Prize and Audience Prize in the 2023 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, Affinity Quartet performs pivotal works by Haydn, Brahms, Bartók and Brett Dean in two 70 minute programs that showcase a compelling continuity and reimagining of the string quartet form between the 18th century and the present.
On December 31 Affinity Quartet returns to Europe to continue to develop their craft and their career under the wing of Günter Pichler, founder of the Alban Berg Quartet. Hear them before they go! Special thanks to Affinity Quartet Aireys Inlet patrons, Dr Lynn Barnett and Dr Margaret White.
7pm Friday December 8
Brett Dean (AU) String Quartet no.3 ‘Hidden Agendas’
Brahms String Quartet no.3 op.67
2pm Saturday December 9
Haydn String Quartet op.76 no.3 ‘Emperor’
Bartók String Quartet no.1
Doors open 20 minutes before performances.
Single $60, $50 conc.
Double Program (both concerts) $100, $80 conc.
Affinity Quartet donates a portion of concert proceeds to Rural Australians for Refugees.
'… We could see why Affinity Quartet wins awards – the answer is in the attention to detail and emotional breadth.’
- Classic Melbourne review by Julie McErlain, July 2023
'I write to offer my personal huge congratulations and thanks for what you have all achieved for a period of quite some years now, culminating in your triumphs in London and now Melbourne. You have achieved something very special for the musical life of our country and beyond. This requires enormous character, love, patience, and discipline - all of which you must have in spades. May your satisfactions and success continue to grow. I'm over the moon about what you have done and how beautifully you are making music.'
- William Hennessy AM Founder and leader of the Australian String Quartet 1985 – 1996; Artistic Director MCO 2006 – 2021 writing to the quartet after their success at MICMC.