Australia Piano Quartet

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Australia Piano Quartet Europe and China Tour 2016

Australia Piano Quartet, is undertaking an exciting international tour, culminating in a recital at the world’s most prestigious chamber music venue, Wigmore Hall, London on September 15.

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The Australia Piano Quartet (APQ) has been Ensemble in Residence at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) since 2012. Their busy performance schedule includes a series presented by the Sydney Opera House and Melbourne Recital Centre, as well as international tours throughout Europe and Asia. Following a successful debut at London’s Barbican Centre in 2015, APQ will return to the UK in 2016 for performances at Wigmore Hall, and also tour China and France.

In addition to their exploration of canonic masterpieces of the piano quartet repertoire, the ensemble are committed to unearthing neglected works of past and present, while championing the creation of new work. To date they have commissioned over 20 new piano quartets from a diverse range of established and emerging Australian composers, including Elliott Gyger, Elena Kats-Chernin, Jack Symonds, Paul Dean and William Barton.

As Ensemble in Residence at UTS, APQ actively collaborates across multiple disciplines and engages in a uniquely innovative dialogue with the wider community of students, academic staff, guest artists and the general public. A highlight of the residency in 2016 will be a  new composition created with inventor Jordan Nguyen, which enables individuals with high-level disability to perform with APQ using cutting-edge technology. APQ will also further expand its existing education and outreach programs, encompassing mentoring of talented young instrumentalists and workshops and performances in association with the Australian Centre for Childhood and Youth. The Australia Piano Quartet is very grateful to Kawai Australia for their generous support of the UTS Series.

APQ’s performances have been broadcast on Foxtel Arts (2015 Helpmann Awards), ABC Classic FM and BBC Radio 3. In 2017, the ensemble will release their first disc, Mozart’s complete works for piano quartet.

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“This was a masterclass in non-verbal communication” – Limelight

“The ensemble, each a soloist and an individual in their own right, performed this substantial programme with empathy, technical ease and exemplary musicianship”

Australia Piano Quartet (APQ) has established a reputation as Sydney’s premiere chamber music ambassadors. In 2015, Rebecca Chan, Thomas Rann and James Wannan are delighted to welcome internationally acclaimed pianist Daniel de Borah as a member of the ensemble.

In May 2015 APQ embarks on its first European Tour, performing at London’s Barbican Centre and the Australian Embassy in Paris. APQ is also the only Australian chamber ensemble being presented by the Sydney Opera House, and is presented as part of the Local Heroes Series at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

The group has been fostered within the dynamic creative environment of University of Technology as its Ensemble in Residence since 2011. In 2015 APQ will curate six projects that forge cross-departmental conversations. Through the commissioning of innovative new works by seven Australian composers and intensive engagement with UTS departments, APQ seeks to be a potent and forward-looking creative force in Australia’s cultural landscape.


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