May 1st, Sunday – Wyselaskie Auditorium
Haydn String Quartet op.76 no.4 in B-flat Major ‘Sunrise’
Beethoven String Quartet no.16 in F Major op.13
Josephine Chung, violin
Nicholas Waters, violin
Ruby Shirres, viola
Mee Na Lojewski, cello
Since forming in 2015, Australia’s Affinity Quartet has emerged on the classical music scene as ‘one of the most exciting ensembles to make their mark’ (Classic Melbourne).
Affinity Quartet’s touring has included acclaimed performances at the 2022 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition where the quartet received third prize, the Amsterdam String Quartet Biennale, Festival Les Voix Intimes Belgium, Fondazione Cini Venice, Mirabell Palace Salzburg; and in the UK at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Southbank Centre, City Music Society, and Prussia Cove International Musicians Seminar. Affinity Quartet was invited as string quartet in residence at the 2021 Australian Festival of Chamber Music.
Quartet training has included IMS Prussia Cove, the Young Talents Residency of Amsterdam String Quartet Biennale, private tuition with members of Belcea, Brodsky, Doric, and Kuss Quartets, Professors Heime Müller, Oliver Wille, Wilma Smith, Sophie Rowell and Dr Robin Wilson. The Australian National Academy of Music has been formative for Affinity Quartet; three are alumni, and one a current student. Affinity Quartet won ANAM’s 2015 Chamber Music Competition.
Affinity champions works by Australian and contemporary composers as well as works from the classical canon. This year Affinity Quartet commissions new Australian work, performs in Melbourne Recital Centre’s Local Heroes series, and will perform at the Proms in London in September.