Takács Quartet’s Australian tour draws to a close
It’s hard to believe the Takács Quartet’s Australian tour is nearly over – the group has only three concerts to go, in Newcastle, Melbourne and Sydney, as well as a private performance for members of Musica Viva’s Amadeus Society, helping to build an Artistic Initiatives Fund which will help secure tours to Australia by stellar international artists.
The group has certainly upheld its commitment to education on this tour, giving masterclasses in Perth and Brisbane, an open mentoring session with Musica Viva Rising Stars ensemble the Enigma Quartet, and a special masterclass and discussion as part of ANAM’s Viola! festival. (A pleasing result of the Takács Quartet’s involvement in the 2011 Musica Viva Festival is that one of the ensembles they mentored there, the Orava String Quartet, will soon be moving to Colorado to undertake the Graduate Quartet program with the Takács.)
On Tuesday the Quartet travels to New Zealand where they will perform five concerts for Chamber Music New Zealand, and in a phone conference yesterday the New Zealand team was clearly very excited about the impending Takács visit. It’s always a joy to welcome the Takács Quartet to Australia and we wish them a wonderful time in New Zealand and safe travels home.