the Sydney Art Quartet

"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 4 - blind trust

Mozart & bach concertos

WITH Erin Helyard, harpsichord & fortepiano

Inspired by Mozart’s famous party tricks, experience how much your senses are heightened when you switch one off. Featuring the Helpmann Award winning Erin Helyard performing both concertos on both harpsichord and fortepiano in the same concert.... Your ears will see it all.  

WA Mozart — concerto no. 14 in E-flat major, K 449
JS Bach — concerto in d minor bwv 1052
EF Dall'abaco — concerto a piu instrumenti op6/4


Special Event - A celebration of Sydney Ball

The beloved colour

A concert in celebration of Sydney ball (1933—2017)

Music was central to the creative practice of Sydney Ball, the great pioneer of Australian abstract painting. Planned in consultation with Ball’s life partner, fellow artist Lynne Eastaway, this concert features The Sydney Art Quartet performing works specially chosen from Ball’s collection of favourites.

The concert will be given at Sullivan + Strumpf on the closing day of Infinex V - an exhibition of Ball’s final and never before seen body of work.

Beethoven / haydn / schubert


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


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

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. 

"People coming to hear the Sydney Art Quartet say they cannot find the kind of intensely personal experiences they create anywhere else..."

— ABC Classic FM

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

 
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