Takács Quartet arrives in Australia
Three quarters of the Takács Quartet arrived in Australia on Saturday, with the fourth quarter, in the form of cellist András Fejér, arriving on Sunday – in the words of the Quartet’s agent, András seems to be made of “sterner stuff” and decided he didn’t need as much time as his colleagues to recover from jet-lag.
Jet-lag or no, violinist Edward Dusinberre ventured out to the the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts yesterday to give a masterclass. Members of the Quartet will be giving more masterclasses ath the University of Queensland and the Australian National Academy of Music on Monday 25 June at 10am and 3.30pm respectively.
Today, however, the Quartet meets Musica Viva’s 2012 Featured Composer Gordon Kerry to work on his Variations for String Quartet, commissioned by Diane Parks in association with Musica Viva Australia in honour of David Bookallil’s sixtieth birthday. We know from Gordon’s Twitter account how much he’s been looking forward to the meeting.
The New York Times recently wrote of a Takács concert featuring works by Janacek, Debussy and Britten:
“Harmonic ingenuity, rhythmic vivacity and timbral sophistication were qualities all three works had in common. What bound them into a satisfying program was the strong sense of personality that each work showed, and the commitment and live-wire passion that the four equally distinctive Takacs members brought to them.”
We look forward to hearing all these works alongside Kerry’s Variations very soon: the first concert of their current tour is in Perth tomorrow night.