Dear Friends and Members of the Sydney Schubert Society,
With this letter I am delighted to introduce to you (if you don’t already know them...) the Enigma Quartet:four stylish and stunning musicians-wonderful to hear and wonderful to view! This vibrant string quartet has established itself with real flair and purpose in the Australian music scene–you will recognise some of the members from your visits to the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, of course. The EnigmaQuartet will perform for theSchubert Society on October 12 at St Peters Presbyterian Church, North Sydney (commencing 2.30pm) a program of Schubert, Beethoven and Borodin.
The Quartet won second prize in the prestigious Musica Viva Chamber Music Competition in 2011 and were selected as Musica Viva Rising Stars in 2012, launching their performing career & introducing them to the St.Lawrence, Goldner, Enso and Takács Quartets for invaluable developmental opportunities. In 2013, the quartet premiered a new string quartet by Lachlan Skipworth and also Gerard Brophy’s ‘Magnificat’ for quartet, saxophone and chorus. Performances included Musica Viva’s Coffee Concert Season, the Bellingen Music Festival and Blue Mountains Concert Society. Recent collaborations include performances and projects with shakuhachi master Riley Lee, table expert Bobby Singh, contemporary singer-songwriter Passenger and saxophonist Christina Leonard. In November this year the quartet will feature at the Huntington Music Festival, and will perform with the acclaimed soprano Emma Matthews and the AmaryllisQuartet. At the Schubertiade 362 on October 12, the Enigma Quartet performs Schubert’s G minor String Quartet (D173), an early work and written when Schubert was just 18 years old in 1815 in the space of merely eight days–clearly a work of immediate inspiration. While showing remarkable individual and determined characteristics, the quartet seemed to have been conceived for domestic use. It was in fact not published until 1871.
The program also includes Beethoven’s epic Quartet opus 59 No 2 in E minor written in 1806 as a commission for the Russian ambassador in Vienna, Count Razumovsky. This will provide a great opportunityfor us to reflect again on the relationship of Beethoven and Schubert. The concert ends with an all time favourite, the beautiful Nocturne by Borodin.
I hope you and your friends will join us on Sunday, October 12 at St. Peters Presbyterian Church to welcome the charismatic Enigma Quartet to the Schubert Society for this special Schubertiade.
Thank you forspreading the word among family and friends, I am looking forward to seeing you,
President, Sydney Schubert Society Inc.