Geist String Quartet
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.