Quartz

4th October 2015, Sunday 2pm – Wyselaskie Auditorium

Markiyan Melnychenko (violin)
Rachael Beesley (violin)
Anna Webb (viola)
Zoe Wallace (cello)

Joseph Haydn: String Quartet No. 4 in D major Op. 20 (1772)
Allegro di molto
Un poco adagio affettuoso
Allegretto alla zingarese
Presto scherzando 

Franz Schubert: Quartettsatz, D703 (1820)
Allegro assai

Erich Wolfgang Korngold: String Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 26 (1932)
Allegro
Intermezzo: Allegretto con moto
Larghetto: Lento
Waltz (Finale): Tempo di valse

Quartz is a refreshing and exciting ensemble on the Australian chamber music scene. It unites Melbourne musicians Markiyan Melnychenko (violin), Rachael Beesley (violin), Anna Webb (viola) and Zoe Wallace (cello), with some of Australia’s most sought-after chamber players, including Caroline Almonte (piano) and Marshall McGuire (harp) joining as guest artists in 2015. These well-established, highly acclaimed and vibrant musicians combine chamber music repertoire for strings with other instruments and voice, choosing repertoire with the utmost care to give their programs an innovative edge and a unique appeal. Having recorded in 2013 for the Tall Poppies label, Quartz quickly enjoyed success on the concert stage in 2014, and has a full calendar of performances on offer in 2015. Quartz also presents education programs, launched at Caulfield Grammar School in 2014. Quartz’s concerts and workshops offer the unique intimacy and completeness of chamber music for single string voices coupled with the new sound-worlds, which emerge through adding other voices to the mix. The careful choice of repertoire in enlightening groupings informs listeners of links within and between styles, generations and eras.

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University of Rochester Eastman School of Music student Markiyan Melnychenko is pictured in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre February 6, 2014.  // photo by J. Adam Fenster / University of RochesterMarkiyan Melnychenko (violin) studied with Oleh Krysa at the Eastman School of Music, where he gained his Masters degree and was awarded the prestigious Artist Certificate. He also studied with Alice Waten and William Hennessy at the Australian National Academy of Music. In 2014 Melnychenko won the Melbourne Recital Centre’s ‘Great Romantics’ competition, and the Australian Development Prize at the Michael Hill International Violin Competition. He has performed as a soloist throughout the United States and Australia.

IMG_5026Rachael Beesley (violin) is an internationally renowned Australian violinist, director and concertmaster. She is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts and the Royal Conservatoire, The Hague, Netherlands. Rachael is a versatile violinist and musician, and a world leader in the field of historically informed performance. She is a regular member of some of Europe’s finest ensembles and orchestras, and has been guest concertmaster of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Pinchgut Opera, Opera Australia and Victorian Opera. She has co-founded a number of chamber music ensembles, including Quartz, and has an active recording and broadcasting profile.

IMG_5022Anna Webb (viola) is a graduate of the Elder Conservatorium in Adelaide, where she studied with Keith Crellin and William Hennessy. She performs extensively as a chamber musician in Melbourne and Adelaide, and was a founding member of Zephyr Quartet, Kegelstatt Ensemble and Quartz. Anna also has a keen interest in historical performance practice. She plays baroque viola and baroque violin, and has been involved in projects with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Ironwood Chamber Ensemble, Ludovico’s Band, Ensemble Galante, Adelaide Baroque, and at the Dartington International Summer School in England.

IMG_5031Zoe Wallace (cello) is a Melbourne-based cellist who studied at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music and the Prins Claus Conservatorium in Groningen, The Netherlands. She also studied at the Australian National Academy of Music. She has performed with the North Netherlands Orchestra, Camerata Ardesko and the Alinga Duo, and in Melbourne she regularly performs with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria. She has toured extensively with Oz Opera and Co-Opera and has performed with the Adelaide, Tasmanian and Darwin Symphony Orchestras.