OUR STORY

"all encompassiNG recitals that embrace the here and now…"

— The guardian australia 2016

Welcome to music and more. Exquisite string quartet music, magnified and transformed by other art forms.

Five to five-hundred-year-old compositions, presented through the prisms of taste, words, light, portraiture and sightlessness.

Fabulous fusions that will increase your sensory experience exponentially. Music making & guest artists of the highest calibre.

Founded by James Beck (cello & artistic director), The Sydney Art Quartet has played to capacity audiences at the historic Yellow House in Potts Point since 2016.

Scroll down or download and discover the sumptuous spectrum of performances in the 2018 concert program.

 
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NEXT CONCERT SERIES - Dramartistry

MUSIC + PORTRAITURE

WITH McLEAN EDWARDS, painter

Classical music fuses with psychological portraiture. Sink deep into rich and stormy music while McLean depicts it all in his darkly humorous style. Your own sketch kit is welcome to add to the drama.

Mendelssohn - Quartet No.6 Op.80

webern - Langsamer satz

Shostakovich - quartet NO. 7 Op.108


Season 3 - Words are weapons

MUSIC + LITERATURE

WITH DAVID WENHAM, ACTOR

Every string, every sound, every voice, every word. Come and experience great literature combined with the music that inspired it. You’ll discover how incisive and seductive music and words can be together.

Schubert / Caplet / Janáček


Season 4 - blind trust

MUSIC + SIGHTLESSNESS

WITH Erin Helyard, harpsichord & fortepiano

Experience how much your senses are heightened when you switch one off. Featuring the Helpmann Award winning Erin Helyard performing concertos to a blindfolded audience. Your ears will see it all. 

Vivaldi / Mozart / JS Bach



Season 5 - Savage taste

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MUSIC + FOOD

WITH Brent Savage, ‘Chef of the Year’ 2015

How’s your taste in classical music? Find out as we present your palette and your ears with sweetness, sourness, saltiness, bitterness and umami. Music will never sound more delicious.

Handel / EDWARDS / Rachmaninoff


Veronique Serret – Violin

Veronique has established herself as a versatile musician who enjoys performing classical repertoire, collaborating with composers, as well as rocking out with bands.

Born in Sydney to a Mauritian family, she began violin lessons at the age of three with Suzuki teacher Magda Hammond and later Harold Brissenden. She was awarded a music scholarship to SCEGGS Darlinghurst and upon graduation pursued tertiary studies in Sydney with Chris Kimber and Alice Waten.

During this time, Veronique was concertmaster of Camerata Australia, SBSYO, Principal 2nd of AYO, gave the Australian premiere of Boulez Anthemes and prize-winner at the Gisborne International Music Competition.

She was awarded an 'opportunity grant' enabling her to attend various European Summer Schools where she was mentored by Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Regis Pasquier and Jordi Savall. She later engaged in a short period of study in London with David Takeno.

Veronique frequently travels to Kuala Lumpur for her 'symphonic fix' with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also played with the Sydney Symphony (holding the fellowship in 2004), the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Sculthorpe Quartet, most notably joining them to perform at Gallipoli’s Dawn Service.

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Anna Albert – Violin

Anna began violin lessons in Sydney at the age of 5. She graduated from Sydney University in 2001 with a BMus in Violin Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in French.  Her love of the french language lead to an exchange to McGill University in Montreal during her final years where she studied violin, conducting and french.   

Having fallen in love with Montreal, Anna decided to complete her postgraduate studies at McGill University, studying with Ellen Jewett receiving a Licenciate Diploma in Violin Performance in 2004. During this time she developed an avid love of chamber music, whilst also touring nationally with the Orchestre de la Francophonie and attending the Domaine Forget summer academy, studying with Yehonotan Berick.

Since returning to Australia Anna has worked as a freelance violinist in Sydney, currently performing with the Opera Australia Orchestra who she has played with since 2005. She has also performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Philharmonia Orchestra. Keen to revisit the northern hemisphere Anna attended the Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg where she studied with Yair Kless.. 

Anna has been a member of the Sydney Art Quartet since 2016 and she performs on a violin by Denis Cormier, Montreal.

 

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Charlotte FEATHERSTONE – Viola

Charlotte Fetherston grew up in Auckland, New Zealand. She received a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours from the New Zealand School of Music in 2009, and then completed a Doctorate in Musical Arts at the Sydney Conservatorium, with the support of an Australian Postgraduate Award. Solo performances have included Berlioz's Harold in Italy, Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante and Alfred Hill's Concerto for Viola. Charlotte was selected as a Fellow with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 2015, and in 2016 moved to the Netherlands.

An active freelance musician there, Charlotte was a core member of the Ebony Ensemble, Rotterdam and the Cugnon Ensemble and performed with orchestras around Holland. In 2017, Charlotte toured Australia and England with violinist Nigel Kennedy, including a performance with special guest Robert Plant in the Royal Albert Hall. In 2018 Charlotte is back in Sydney and playing with the Sydney Symphony, Opera Australia Orchestra, Sydney Camerata and the Sydney Schubert Society.

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James Beck – Cello & Artistic Director

James studied cello performance at the University of Melbourne, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Western Australia & Sydney Conservatorium of Music. His teachers included Nelson Cooke, Michael Goldschlager, Susanne Wijsman & Susan Blake and then masterclasses with Bernard Greenhouse (USA), Steven Isserlis (UK), Bonnie Hampton (USA), Douglas Cameron (UK), & Hidemi Suzuki (Japan).

As a member of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra 1999—2012, James performed in many of the major cultural institutions and concert halls of Australia, UK, France & Germany. He is featured on the Brandenburg’s ARIA Awards for Best Classical Release (2010, 2009, 2005). James also performs with Pinchgut Opera, Sinfonia Australis, Ironwood, Perth Symphony Orchestra, Canberra Symphony Orchestra & Cologne Chamber Orchestra and is a regular in the recording studios of Sydney.

James performs with an instrument attributed to Simone Fernando Sacconi and a range of modern and historic bows. James is a former Artistic Manager of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra & General Manager of the Foundation for the Historic Houses Trust of NSW. 

James created the Art Quartet in 2015 to create music experiences and that connect audiences with a wider world of arts, sciences, culture and social history. 

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The Yellow House

In 2016, the Sydney Art Quartet began a three-year residency at the historic Yellow House Gallery in Sydney’s Potts Point. 

From 1970 to 1972 the Yellow House was an artists' collective, established by artist Martin Sharp. The model for Sharp's project was Vincent Van Gogh's Yellow House at Arles and Van Gogh's unrealised dream of establishing an artists' community there.

Artists such as Brett Whiteley, George Gittoes, Bruce Goold, Peter Weir, Philip Noyce, Alby Thoms, Aggie Read and more collaborated and displayed work at the Yellow House ranging from paintings to sculptures, films and interactive art projects. The collective changed the face of Potts Points, bringing a more bohemian feeling to it, which remains to this day.

Artistic Director James Beck has drawn inspiration from this legacy, creating programs that explore the boundaries of truly intimate and experimental live performance. 

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Yellow House Sydney
52—57 Macleay St
Potts Point, NSW, Australia
www.yellowhousesydney.com.au

 
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PRESS

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