Carl Vine on the Elias String Quartet
When the Elias String Quartet first toured for Musica Viva in 2009, it was just at the beginning of its career as a full-time professional performing ensemble. Since then the group’s achievements and accolades have been steadily accumulating, including selection for the BBC’s prestigious New Generation Artists’ Scheme and an award from the Borletti-Buitoni Trust. In 2010, its recording on the Wigmore Hall Live label received the Newcomer Award from BBC Music Magazine, and the Quartet’s recording catalogue now boasts a dozen diverse titles. The group now regularly presents a series of concerts at London’s Wigmore Hall – an outstanding honour reserved for few quartets in the world.
The Elias String Quartet is in the middle of its Beethoven Project, performing all seventeen of the composer’s quartets over four years, scattered throughout its touring schedule. We celebrate the project on this tour with Ludwig’s Eighth Quartet, from his opus 59 set commissioned by Count Andreas Razumovsky.
The players credit their period working with Baroque specialist Trevor Pinnock as the portal to a new way of relating to the music of Haydn, offering an unexpected sense of freedom, fun and exploration that they will bring to bear on one of the last quartets written by Haydn – op 77 no 2. The group also cherishes its connections with living composers, and eagerly embraced a new work by Australian composer Matthew Hindson, written especially for this tour, and commissioned for Musica Viva by Julian Burnside, AO QC.
Musica Viva Australia
The Elias String Quartet will tour for Musica Viva’s 2013 International Concert Season this month, opening in Sydney on Monday 19th August. For a complete tour listing and more information, please visit musicaviva.com.au/elias