Vice Regal Patronage
His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) Governor of New South Wales.
Internationally acclaimed for its ‘addictive sound’, ‘intuitive’ music making and ‘technical virtuosity’, the Tinalley String Quartet (TSQ) has established itself as one of the finest string quartets of its generation and one of Australia’s most awarded classical music exports. Winners of the Grand Prize of the 2005 Australian Chamber Music Competition, the Quartet captured the world’s attention in 2007 when it was awarded First Prize at the prestigious 9th Banff International String Quartet Competition.
The Quartet has performed throughout Australia, Europe, Canada and United States, appearing in such prestigious venues as the Vienna Musikverein, Berlin Konzerthaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Bremen Die Glocke, Frankfurt AlteOper and the Sydney Opera House. International highlights have included performances in New York, Paris, London, Toronto, Vancouver, San Francisco and San Diego. In several instances, the Quartet remains the only Australian ensemble to have been presented in such preeminent concert series as the Berlin Konzerthaus International String Quartet Series and the Jeunesse Musik Erleben Series at the Musikverein.
In Australia, the Quartet presents an annual recital series at the Melbourne Recital Centre and Sydney Opera House, and has appeared at the nation’s premier festivals including the Port Fairy Festival; Perth International Arts Festival; Canberra International Music Festival; Coriole Festival; Melbourne International Arts Festival; Huntington Festival; Bellingen Festival; Australian Festival of Chamber Music and the Melbourne International Arts Festival. In 2017 and 2018, the Quartet will be ‘Quartet in Residence’ at the Coriole Music Festival in the McLaren Vale, South Australia.
In addition to performing standard quartets of the repertory, the Quartet shares a passion for collaborating with artists outside of the classical sphere. Such projects have included appearances at the Perth International Arts Festival with UK jazz pianist Gwilym Simcock; ‘Beethoven’s Letter’ with actors John Bell and John Stanton, and more recently, two new commissions that combined the talents of singer/songwriter Lior and composers Nigel Westlake and Ade Vincent.
The Quartet has been privileged to collaborate with such artists as cellist Li-Wei Qin; pianists Konstantin Shamray, Stephen Emmerson and Daniel de Borah; violist Roger Benedict; clarinettist Paul Dean and the Goldner and Pavel Haas Quartets. It has premiered works by György Kurtág, Joan Tower, Paul Stanhope, Louis Andreissen and Nigel Westlake.
The Quartet’s 2014 CD release of Haydn’s Opus 20 Quartets garnered international praise, UK’s Strad Magazine singling the recording out as ‘recommended’ listening, describing the performances as “technically assured, warm-toned, beautifully blended and ideally balanced”.
Now in its 14th year, the Tinalley String Quartet has been mentored by many of the world’s finest quartets, including members of the Tokyo, St. Lawrence, Keller, Takàcs and Schoenberg String Quartets. In its formative years, the Quartet studied at the International Musicians Seminar, Prussia Cove, United Kingdom; the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival as part of the Yale Summer School of Music; the St. Lawrence String Quartet Chamber Music Seminar at Stanford University and the Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada.
Formed at The University of Melbourne by founding members, Lerida Delbridge, Justin Williams and Michelle Wood, first violinist Adam Chalabi joined the Quartet in 2010. The Tinalley String Quartet is named after the laneway that runs through The University of Melbourne Parkville Campus.