The Hamer Quartet


Sunday 4th May 2008 2 pm
EASTERN HILL (opp. St. Patrick’s Cathedral…
enter from Gisborne Street) Melways 2F Kl

Meet the Artists

Hamer Quartet was formed early in 2006, and has since then enjoyed a full and vibrant schedule of concerts and studies together. Having played together over many years in different formations and ensembles, Cameron Hill, Rebecca Chan, Stefanie Farrands and Michael Dahlenburg gave their launch concert in March 2007, to critical acclaim.
The quartet takes its name from Sir Rupert Hamer, Premier of Victoria from 1972 -81. Regarded highly on both sides of government, Sir Rupert Hamer was an active and driving force behind much of the artistic side of Victoria. He was chairman of the Victorian State Opera for many years and also President of the Victorian College of the Arts, and instrumentally important in the development of chamber music in Melbourne.

HQ has received invaluable support and tuition from renowned Australian violinist and chamber musician William Hennessy, founding leader of the Australian String Quartet. They have also studied intensely with Hungarian violinist Andras Keller of the Keller Quartet. The quartet has also had tutorials with a number of other notable musicians, including Monica Curro, Molly Kadarauch, Caroline Henbest and the Borodin, Jerusalem and Artemis String Quartets.

Hamer Quartet has performed extensively in Melbourne, and has toured to Queensland and the United Kingdom. HQ has performed as part of the Melbourne University and the Australian National Academy of Music’s Lunchtime Concert Series, the finale of the 2007 Melba Festival, Rippon Lea Twilight Concert Series and were Artists in Residence at Monash University in 2007. They were also the winners of the ANAM Chamber Music Competition in 2007. Also in this year HQ toured the state of Queensland as part of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music’s Outback Tour, collaborating with renowned didgeridoo player William Barton. HQ has been broadcast on both ABC Classic FM and 3mbs.

2008 has seen Hamer Quartet tour to the UK to take part in the highly acclaimed International Musician’s Seminar in Prussia Cove, Cornwall, where they studied extensively with Andras Keller. HQ also gave their first concerts in the UK as part of the Norwich & Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in March this year. Other performances this year have included a regional concert for Chamber Music Australia, performances at the ANAM, and later in 2008 will be performing in concert with the Borodin Quartet at the Melbourne Town Hall.

Order of Program

Schumann String Quartet No. 3 in A Major
Andante espressivo – Allegro molto moderate
Assai agitato – un poco adagio – Tempo risoluto
Adagio molto
Finale: Allegro molto vivace

Douglas Weiland String Quartet No. 3 Op.39
Allegro Moderato
Largo: Mesto


Ravel String Quartet in F Major
Allegro moderato – Tres doux
Assez vif – Tres rythme
Tres lent
Vif et agite