The Tinalley String Quartet will begin a new relationship with the University of Queensland in 2018 as Ensemble in Residence.  The residency will comprise numerous performances at the School of Music, UQ Arts Museum and Custom’s House as well as chamber music coaching and masterclasses.

“The appointment of the Tinalley String quartet is the culmination of a long term strategy to establish the School as a centre for chamber music education” said UQ Music Head of School Professor Margaret Barrett.   “The ensemble will contribute to the School through modelling exemplary chamber music performance practice, mentoring UQ student ensembles, and contributing to creative practice research.”

TSQ’s First violinist, Adam Chalabi who is also Associate Professor at the School of Music spoke of the residency “the quartet is particularly looking forward to becoming an integral part of the teaching fabric at the School of Music.”  Patrick Murphy, who was appointed as Tinalley’s new cellist earlier this year, is also based at UQ as Cello Performance Fellow.

Read the UQ press release here.

The Tinalley String Quartet is thrilled to announce that its new recording of the Debussy and Ravel String Quartets will be released in March 2018 on the DECCA Australia label.  The album’s release coincides with global commemorations of the 100th anniverary of Debussy’s death (25 March 1918).

Recorded in May/June 2017 at the Melbourne Recital Centre with producer Stephen Snelleman and recording engineers Jim Atkins and Alex Stinson, this is Tinalley’s first release with DECCA.

Justin Williams, violist, explains the premise for the new album: ‘First and foremost, we chose to record the string quartets of Debussy and Ravel because we love them. They are wonderfully evocative works, extremely challenging to play and equally satisfying. Furthermore, the recording serves as our tribute to the life of two composers whose music has had a profound influence on 20th and 21st century writing. Tinalley String Quartet is honoured and humbled to be releasing this disc on Decca Classics Australia.’

Cyrus Meher-Homji, General Manager of Classics & Jazz at Universal Music Australia, says: ‘It is an absolute priveldge to be working with the Tinalley String Quartet on their latest album. Their wonderfully spirited playing will, I’m sure, be a welcome addition to the Decca catalogue’.

The Quartet is grateful for the extraordinary support of several donors and foundations, as well as the Australia Council for the Arts, who helped make the recording project possible.

Brisbane-based cellist, Patrick Murphy has been named as the new cellist with the Tinalley String Quartet.  Patrick will join the ensemble in January 2018.   A native of Perth, Patrick is an acclaimed chamber musician and cello pedagogue.  Currently based at the School of Music, University of Queensland as Cello Performance Fellow, he was previously a founding member of the Tankstream Quartet and has played with many prestigious Australian chamber ensembles including the Grainger String Quartet, the Southern Cross Soloists, the Australian String Quartet, Ensemble Q and the Sydney Soloists.  “I’m so thrilled and honoured to be joining the Tinalley String Quartet, having admired their work for years now” Patrick explains, “I can’t wait to dive back into the amazing repertoire for string quartet and to explore all sorts of other collaborations with this ensemble.”

“Patrick has a reputation as one of Australia’s finest cellists and chamber musicians, and his passion for playing string quartets was evident from the first moment we played with him” says founding member and 2nd violinist, Lerida Delbridge.  “We are absolutely thrilled to welcome him as we begin this new chapter in Tinalley’s life.”

Departing cellist Michelle Wood will perform with the quartet for the final time this weekend at the inaugural Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival.  As founding cellist, Michelle played with Tinalley for 14 years, during which time the Quartet won the 2005 Australian Chamber Music Competition and the 9th Banff International String Quartet Competition.

Patrick will first take the stage with the group in March, 2018 at the Adelaide Festival where the Quartet will premiere a reimagined chamber music adaptation of Nigel Westlake’s Compassion for Octet which Tinalley has commissioned.

The Tinalley String Quartet is thrilled to have been awarded funding by the Australia Council for the Arts to assist with two new recording projects scheduled for 2017.  Beginning in May, the Quartet will record the quartets of Ravel and Debussy, followed by the Opus 12 and 13 quartets of Mendelssohn together with a selection of Mendelssohn’s Songs and Songs without Words reimagined by Calvin Bowman, with operatic sensation, Greta Bradman.

Tinalley’s previous CD release of Haydn Opus 20 Quartets received international acclaim when it was released in 2014.  Recorded at the Banff Centre, Canada the recording formed part of the Tinalley String Quartet’s first prize package awarded at the 9th Banff International String Quartet Competition.

In 2017, Tinalley will record in the state-of-the-art acoustics of the Melbourne Recital Centre, where the Quartet also presents its Melbourne Series.

Click here to read the Australia Council press release.

Tinalley String Quartet has ended its 2016 Season with a sumptuous reception at Government House Sydney.  Hosted by the Quartet’s patron, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales and Mrs Hurley (pictured below), the evening included a performance of Mendelssohn’s Opus 13 Quartet and the unveiling of the Quartet’s 2017 Series.  The evening was attended by invited guests of the Quartet and the Governor, including key industry identities, artists who collaborated with Tinalley in its 2016 Season, family members and Tinalley donors.  Check out Tinalley’s Instagram page for more images of the event.

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The Tinalley String Quartet has been awarded the 2016 Melbourne Recital Centre Contemporary Masters Award for its performance of ‘Do not go gentle into that good night’ with singer LIOR.  The work formed part of the song cycle ‘Hours I Have Never Known’, a new commission written specifically for Tinalley by Melbourne composer Ade Vincent and singer/songwriter LIOR.  The work featured in the program ‘Through Nature to Eternity’ which the Quartet presented at the Sydney Opera House and in co-presentation with the Melbourne Recital Centre.  Read More…

Tinalley has partnered with two of Australia’s most luxurious hotels as Accommodation Partner of its 2016 Season. The Primus Hotel in Sydney and The Langham Hotel, Melbourne. The newly opened 5 star Primus Hotel has taken over the site of the former Sydney Water building at 339 Pitt Street in the CBD. The 1939 heritage-listed building, designed by Nicholas Mackey and Henry Budden (who also designed Sydney’s David Jones Building) was virtually hidden away from the public until it was sold in 2008. A glorious example of art deco style, the building has been painstakingly restored to its former glory. Primus Hotel Sydney Ph. (02) 8027 8000. The Langham Hotel, Melbourne overlooks the Yarra River on the famous Southbank Promenade. With stunning views of the city, the hotel is nestled amongst Melbourne’s arts district. The Langham, Melbourne Ph. (03) 8696 8888.

Tinalley is thrilled to announce that His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales has granted the Tinalley String Quartet Vice-Regal Patronage, commencing from January 1, 2016.  We look forward to welcoming His Excellency General and Mrs Linda Hurley at the Quartet’s 2016 Utzon Room Series. Tinalley has partnered with two of Australia’s most luxurious hotels as Accommodation Partner of its 2016 Season.  The Primus Hotel in Sydney and the Langham Hotel in Melbourne.    The newly opened 5 star Primus Hotel (lobby pictured below) has taken over the site of the former Sydney Water building at 339 Pitt Street in the CBD. The 1939 heritage-listed building, designed by Nicholas Mackey and Henry Budden (who also designed Sydney’s David Jones Building) was virtually hidden away from the public until it was sold in 2008. A glorious example of art deco style, the building has been painstakingly restored to its former glory.  Primus Hotel Sydney Ph. (02) 8027 8000.   The Langham Hotel overlooks Melbourne’s Yarra River on the famous Southbank Promenade.  With stunning views of the city, the hotel is nestled amongst Melbourne’s arts district.The Langham, Melbourne  Ph. (03) 8696 8888.

The Quartet is thrilled to announce details of its 2016 Season.  Inspired by a new artistic vision, Tinalley has curated a Season which has a little something for everybody   …   a new song cycle by brilliant young composer, Ade Vincent in collaboration with one of Australia’s finest independent singer/songwriters, Lior   …  ‘Compassion’ reimagined by iconic Australian composer Nigel Westlake for Tinalley and Lior   …   a new interpretation of Beethoven’s Quartets, the words of this tragic figure brought to life by celebrated actor, John Bell   …   quartet movements rarely performed yet so familiar, such as the Barber Adagio in its original conception and Dvorak’s rousing Cypresses   …   and two of the string quartet’s most beloved works, Ravel’s effusive String Quartet and Mendelssohn’s Opus 13 Quartet.

With performances in the intimacy of the Utzon Room at the spectacular Sydney Opera House and the majestic Elisabeth Murdoch Hall in the Melbourne Recital Centre, the Tinalley String Quartets 2016 Season promises the extraordinary.

Visit the Quartet’s 2016 Season Page for further information.