2019 Schubertiades

Schubertiade #386 

Geist String Quartet
3rd November

2.30pm St Peter's Presbyterian Church, 

234 Blues Point Road, North Sydney NSW 2060

J. Haydn | String Quartet Op. 20, No. 4 (1772)

H. Wolf | Italian Serenade (1887)

F. Schubert | String Quartet No. 13, D.804, 'Rosamunde' (1824)

Sonia Wilson, Meg Cohen, violins | Hayasa Tanaka, viola | James Larsen, cello


In 1823 Schubert tried his hand once more as an opera composer when he wrote music for a dramatic play by Helmina von Chezy - Rosamunde, Princess of Cyprus. The drama has not survived but some of Schubert’s music has and as in other contexts, Schubert refers to his own music in the String Quartet a minor D 804 - also known as the “Rosamunde Quartet”. This Schubertiade welcomes back the youthful and exciting Geist Quartet with a tribute to Schubert’s musical roots and his ambitions in Italian Opera. The program frames Schubert’s a minor quartet through Haydn’s quartet from 1772 and the Italian Serenade by the late 19th century Viennese Lieder composer Hugo Wolf. 

​​Formed in 2015, the Geist String Quartet has quickly established itself as one of Sydney’s preeminent young ensembles. Following festival performances at Frenswegen (Germany), Orford (Canada), Turin and Verona (Italy), and Bangalow (Australia), the Geist Quartet has received praise for their interpretations of Mozart, Beethoven, and 20th century works. 

As recipients of the Westheimer String Quartet Fellowship, Ernest V. Llewellyn Memorial Fund Award, and Mary Vallentine Prize, the quartet has been able to travel to ensemble development programmes across Germany, the U.S.A, Canada, and Australia. Through these programmes, the Geist Quartet has worked with artists and mentors including Eberhard Feltz, Sara Bitlloch, Monica Curro, Oliver Wille, William Coleman, and the Kuss, St Lawrence, London Haydn, and Elias quartets. 

The quartet has presented concerts in Sydney, Melbourne, and across regional New South Wales. A tour throughout central western NSW with David Miller OAM allowed the quartet to perform in a number of towns and cities as well as work with children in regional schools. In 2018 the Geist Quartet will travel to France to participate in the ProQuartet programme directed by Oliver Wille, as well as presenting concerts in Sydney and the Southern Highlands.

Past Schubertiades

Schubertiade #385 

Academy Singers and Paul Terracini

28 Sep 2019

Schubert‘s Part Songs |  Gesang der Geister über den Wassern D 714, Nun lasst uns den Leib begraben D 168,  Das Grab is tief und stille D 377; Chor der Engel D 440; Das Abendrot D 627

F. Schubert, Five Dances with Seven Codas D 90

F. Schubert, Rondo A major D 438 for violin and String Quartet

Violin: Amy Chaeweon Lee

Goetz Richter, Myri Kim - violins | Benjamin Tao, viola | Soobee Kim, cello |

Hee Rim Hah, viola | Angela Shin, cello | Emily Green, Double Bass

Academy Singers | Paul Terracini, Conductor

Schubertiade #384

Benjamin Adler and Will Cesta: Songs without Words 

28th July 2019

2.30pm St Columba Church, 

53A Ocean St, Woollahra NSW 2025

Schubert | Selected „Lieder“ for Violin and Piano, Mendelssohn | „Songs without Words“,  R.Schumann | Selections from Dichterliebe

Benjamin Adler, violin | Will Cesta, piano

Schubertiade #383

Sydney Conservatorium and Goetz Richter

18 May 2019

2.30pm St Peter's Church North Sydney

F. Schubert arr. G. Mahler |String Quartet No. 14 in d minor D810 ("Death and the Maiden")

Students from the Sydney Conservatorium, Goetz Richter | violin and director

Schubertiade #382

Spina and Benignetti

02 Mar 2019

2.30pm St Columba Church, 

53A Ocean St, Woollahra NSW 2025

W. A. Mozart | Fantasia in f minor K608  
F. Schubert | Fantasia D940 in f minor 
F. Schubert | Variations on an Original Theme D813  
F. Mendelssohn | from Midsummer NIght’s Dream “Ouverture", “Scherzo” and “Nocturne“

Eleonora Spina, Michele Benignetti | piano

Schubertiade #381

Matiegka and Schubert

17 Nov 2018

2.30pm St Columba Church, 

53A Ocean St, Woollahra NSW 2025

Matiegka | Selections for Solo Guitar

Schubert | String Trio

Matiegka arr. Schubert | Guitar Quartet

Giuseppe Zangari, guitar | Suzanne Sherrington, flute | Kelly Tang, violin | Charlotte Fetherston, viola | Ruben Palmer, cello

Schubertiade #380

The Late Quartets

20 Oct 2018

2.30pm St. Peters Presbyterian Church,

234 Blues Point Road, North Sydney 2060

Beethoven| Grosse Fugue

Schubert| String Quartet No. 15

Geist String Quartet: Sonia Wilson, violin | Meg Cohen, violin | Hayasa Tanaka, viola | James Larsen,  cello |

Schubertiade #379

Young Schubert

18 Aug 2018

2.30pm, St Columba Church, 53A Ocean Street, Woollahra NSW 2025

Schubert | Impromptus G-flat major D 899 | Sonatina in A minor, D 385 | Quartet in B-flat major D 68 | Lebensstuerme D 947 |

Nicole Kim, violin | Eva Lee, violin | Dana Lee, viola | Fiona Cheng, 'cello | Jina Lee, piano | Leanne Jin, piano |

Schubertiade #378

The Quintets

16 Jun 2018

2.30pm, Glebe Town Hall, 160 St Johns Rd, Glebe 2037

Schubert | Overture | String Quintet

Rebecca Gill, Kelly Tang, violins | Charlotte Fetherston, viola | Heather Lindsay, Mathisha Panagoda, cellos

Schubertiade #377

Die Forelle

21 Apr 2018

2.30pm, St Peter’s North Sydney, 234 Blues Point Rd, North Sydney NSW 2060


Schubert | Lieder | Piano Quintet

Julie Paik, voice | Jeanelle Carrigan, piano | Goetz Richter, violin | Hayasa Tanaka, viola | Minah Choe, cello | Kees Boersma, bass

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