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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Chiaroscuro - bill henson

MUSIC + art photography

with works by bill henson

John Olsen OA OBE is one of Australia’s greatest living artists. Born in Newcastle NSW in 1928, Olsen is well known for his energetic and distinctive painting style and in particular for his lyrical depiction of the landscape. He is a major figure in the story of Australian art and his unique and sensual pictorial language presents a very personal view of the world

Venue: Oxley9 Gallery

Mendelssohn — Quartet No.6 Op.80
webern — Langsamer satz
Shostakovich — quartet NO. 7 Op.108


a life in landscape - John olsen

MUSIC + conversation

with john olsen (painter)
& greta bradman (soprano)

John Olsen OA OBE is one of Australia’s greatest living artists. Born in Newcastle NSW in 1928, Olsen is well known for his energetic and distinctive painting style and in particular for his lyrical depiction of the landscape. He is a major figure in the story of Australian art and his unique and sensual pictorial language presents a very personal view of the world

Venue: wombat hollow, kangaloon

Mendelssohn — Quartet No.6 Op.80
webern — Langsamer satz
Shostakovich — quartet NO. 7 Op.108


Different Trains- LIOR

music + film installation

with lior attar (voice)

One the occasion of Holocaust Remembrance week, the Art Quartet presents performances of Steve Reich’s Grammy Award winning “Different Trains” alongside a rare and dramatic video installation by Gabriela Sá & Mariana Garcia (Brazil) and music by Lior Attar.

Venue: great synagogue sydney

Mendelssohn — Quartet No.6 Op.80
webern — Langsamer satz
Shostakovich — quartet NO. 7 Op.108


What do you see - Nat Randall

music + performance art

with nat Randall
Olsen Gallery, Woollahra

Nat Randall is a Sydney-based artist and a core member of collectives Hissy Fit and Team MESS. Nat makes work across performance and video experimenting with interdisciplinary practices. 

Mendelssohn — Quartet No.6 Op.80
webern — Langsamer satz
Shostakovich — quartet NO. 7 Op.108


AQ PRivee - the PRivate homes series

Hear chamber music as it was truly intended

Every string, every sound, every voice, every word. Come and experience the Art Quartet in one of Potts Point’s last remaining colonial homes in private hands - only lately restored to an exquisite standard and still standing in its original gardens.

You’ll discover how seductive music and architecture can be together. With strictly limited seats this series is sure to sell out well in advance.

Venue: private home, sydney

address disclosed 24 hours prior to event

SChubert — QUARTETt satz D703
Janáček — Quartet n.1 'kreutzer sonata'
haydn — Quartet op 20/6
charpentier —concert pour 4 parties h545


AQ PRivee - the PRivate homes series

Hear chamber music as it was truly intended

Every string, every sound, every voice, every word. Come and experience the Art Quartet in one of Potts Point’s last remaining colonial homes in private hands - only lately restored to an exquisite standard and still standing in its original gardens.

You’ll discover how seductive music and architecture can be together. With strictly limited seats this series is sure to sell out well in advance.

Venue: private home, address disclosed 24 hours prior to event  

SChubert — QUARTETt satz D703
Janáček — Quartet n.1 'kreutzer sonata'
haydn — Quartet op 20/6
charpentier —concert pour 4 parties h545


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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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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