Founded by Artistic Director & Cellist James Beck, Sydney Art Quartet is a virtuosic quartet that playfully sidestep routine, cliche and orthodoxy. Since 2015 the group has created and produced over 100 performances with some of this country’s most exciting creatives, including:
Words Are Weapons - Tolstoy’s chilling Kreutzer Sonata brought to life by David Wenham and the music of Leos Janacek.
Scent of Memory - Scent and soundscapes combine to recreate long lost times and places. With Carlos Huber, architectural historian and founder of Arquiste Fragrance House.
Flesh & Bone - A dreamlike exploration of gender, combing dance, music & pasta with KAGE Dance Company.
The Flower Whisperer - Music of the french impressionist in a breathtaking night garden created by Grandiflora, Tony Assness, Gary Heery & Romance Was Born.
Butt Naked Salon - Life drawing, absurdist dance and Wendy Sharpe in an outrageous evocation of a bohemian salon.
Blind Trust - Erin Helyard performing keyboard concerti by Mozart & JS Bach to a blindfolded audience.
The Sydney Art Quartet has been the subject of features stories and critical reviews in The Sydney Morning Herald, Vogue Australia, The Guardian Australia, The Australian, The Daily Telegraph, Belle Magazine, Canberra Times, ABC News Breakfast, ABC TV & Limelight Magazine.
From 2015 to 2018 the group was resident ensemble at the Yellow House Kings Cross, the former creative haunt of Brett Whiteley, Peter Weir & Martin Sharpe. Artistic Director James Beck has drawn inspiration from this legacy, creating programs that have attracted an audience described as ‘the envy of the arts scene’.
The Sydney Art Quartet performs in Prada & Romance Was Born.