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Rathdowne Quartet

Australia's finest emerging quartet make their mark in this spellbinding program.

In the Utzon Room | Classical Music

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  • The Sydney Opera House is registered as a COVID Safe business with the NSW Government.
  • In line with the NSW Government’s extension to the stay-at-home order, the Opera House will remain closed until Saturday 28 August. We appreciate your support as we work through the information as it’s provided.

When we return...

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Australia's next generation of cutting edge chamber musicians

The young and ambitious Rathdowne Quartet showcase their passion for new music, performing a diverse selection of compelling works.

Nigel Westlake’s first quartet, High Tension Wires, launches the program with its upbeat rhythmic energy, followed by the beautifully intricate The Weaver’s Knot by Australia’s Liza Lim, a prime example of Lim’s profound and considered compositional style. The centrepiece of the program is Béla Bartók’s String Quartet No.3, an iconic work in the modern repertoire, which leads into the perpetually complex Dig Deep by Bang on a Can’s Julia Wolfe.

This is the perfect chance to experience this exciting new ensemble in an intimate setting.

High Tension Wires
Lim The Weaver's Knot
Bartók String Quartet No. 3, Sz. 85
Wolfe Dig Deep

Harry Ward, Violin I
Natalia Harvey, Violin II
Molly Collier-O’Boyle, Viola
James Morley, Cello

Presented by Sydney Opera House

Rathdowne Quartet is the project of four young, innovative and fiercely talented home-grown classical musicians. There’s something powerful about presenting an emerging ensemble already on the path to greatness. We’re lucky to have nabbed them for ourselves, prior to their international escapades, and I can’t wait to hear them in the Utzon Room. I highly recommend you hear them here, with us, first. 

Casey Green, Utzon Music series curator

Meet the Musicians

Rathdowne Quartet was formed by four of Australia’s most exciting and accomplished musicians, all alumni of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) and the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Emerging Artist program. Formed in Melbourne in 2019, Rathdowne is an ensemble dedicated to bringing newfangled energies to the great quartets, as well as an enthusiasm for the championing and commissioning of new contemporary works.

After being awarded the Lorne-Ann Cole Ensemble Prize by ANAM in 2019, the quartet’s 2020 included engagements with Peninsula Summer Music Festival (PSMF), Tempo Rubato, Play On/MPavillion, and Melbourne Digital Concert Hall, despite the pandemic conditions in Melbourne. 2021 will include further engagements with PSMF, Tempo Rubato, fortyfivedownstairs, and a highly-anticipated program for the Melbourne Recital Centre’s Spotlight series.

The group’s members are individually highly active as soloists and chamber musicians, amounting to numerous achievements at home and overseas.

Venue Information

In line with the NSW Government’s extension to the stay-at-home order, the Opera House will remain closed until Saturday 28 August.

We appreciate your support as we work through the information as it’s provided. 

When we return...

Our foyers will be open 60 minutes pre-show for Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and two hours pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Refreshments will be available for purchase from our theatre bars, and should be consumed while seated in specific foyer spaces to maintain physical distancing. Drinks purchased at our theatre bars can also be taken into venues for most performances. Please note that unless advised otherwise, theatre bars will not be open during intervals. Drinking water is available at all times.

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