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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Season 1 - Light Fantastic 

MUSIC + NEUROSCIENCE + LIGHT

WITH Laura Jade, creator of Brainlight

Want to see how music makes you feel? Can you turn sound into brainwaves & light? This multi-sensory experience vividly demonstrates the powerful effects sound has on our mind. Come hear, feel and see. 

Haydn / Beethoven / Tool / wilcox 

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Season 2 - 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 / Schumann / Shostakovich

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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

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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

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Season 3 - 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

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MUSICIANS

Thibaud Pavlovic-Hobba – Violin I

Thibaud, an Australian-French violinist, was born in Tasmania. He began playing the violin after receiving it as his fifth birthday present. He studied in Tasmania under Peter Tanfield and he also attended the Australian National Academy of Music where he studied with Paul Wright and Bill Hennessy.

He has performed with the Tasmanian and Sydney symphony orchestras, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. In 2012 he was an Emerging Artist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra under Zoë Black and Helena Rathbone’s mentorship. He continued to tour with the ACO for the next years and joined the Orchestra as a part-time musician in 2016.

Thibaud won the audience choice prize at the ANAM Chamber Music Competition with his piano trio in 2014. He has played with members of the Brodsky Quartet, Nicolas Altstaedt, Alban Gerhardt and Anthony Marwood. He has also performed at many festivals around Australia as well as touring nationally with the Sydney Dance Company.

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Anna Albert – Violin II

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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Andrew Jezek– Viola

Andrew Jezek was born in Canberra and studied viola at the Canberra School of Music with Vincent Edwards and Charmian Gadd, graduating with honours in 1991. He continued his studies in Europe at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich with Jürgen Weber (viola) and at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna with Karl Österreicher (conducting).

He was co-principal violist of the renowned Viennese contemporary music ensemble Klangforum Wien from 1996 to 2013 and has performed at most major contemporary music festivals in Europe. He is a regular guest at the Salzburg Festival, Ruhr Triennale, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Wien Modern, Steirischer Herbst Graz, Wittener Tage, Wiener Festwochen, Berlin Festival, Venice Biennale and the Huddersfield Festival.

In 2013, Andrew relocated to Sydney with his wife Emma and daughter Lila. Andrew now performs regularly with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, as guest principal viola with the Australian and Opera Ballet Orchestra and is also a member of the Australian World Orchestra.

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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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