The Geist String Quartet has been selected to attend the ProQuartet Professional Training Academy with violinist Oliver Wille of the Kuss Quartet. The Academy is located in Provence, France, where we will spend a week in August.
The ProQuartet Academy offers interpretation courses lead by internationally acclaimed chamber musicians and teachers, with courses in Paris and Lyon and academies in regions of France. This program has been running for 30 years, and is held in high regard as one of the top quartet training programs in the world.
Oliver Wille is the founding second violinist of the Kuss Quartet. The Kuss Quartet have played together since 2002, and rank amongst the world’s best-renowned ensembles. Alongside his performance career, Wille is very active as a teacher, and holds the position of Professor of Chamber Music in Hannover as well as teaching at a number of international masterclasses.
The Geist Quartet is fortunate to have a long-term friendship with the Kuss Quartet, which began in 2015 with lessons from violist William Coleman in Sydney, and the following year in Verona, Italy. From there, the quartet has travelled to Canada in 2017 to study with all four members of the Kuss Quartet at the Orford Music Academy, and in the same year to Germany to study with Oliver Wille at the International Sommerakademie für Kammermusik, Niedersachsen.
Oliver Wille has consistently been an inspiring and nurturing mentor, and has provided ongoing support to our development as a quartet. We will greatly benefit from the opportunity to continue this relationship, working closely with Wille on some of the most important repertoire in the string quartet canon: both Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat major, Op. 130 and the Grosse Fuge Op. 133, Schubert’s String Quartet No. 15 in G D. 887, and Haydn’s String Quartet in B minor, Op. 33 No. 1.
All donations to the Geist String Quartet will go directly toward the many costs associated with international travel to the summer course: airfares, course fees, regional transport, and accommodation.
If you’d like to hear us, you are welcome to attend our fundraising concert in Sydney on Sunday 12th August. We would love to share with you what we have been working on, and look forward to returning to Australia to continue performing and sharing this repertoire.
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