Based in Melbourne, the Partridge String Quartet is an emerging ensemble that has received national recognition through its success as recipients of the Musica Viva Chamber Music Prize (2017) performing Stanhope's String Quartet No. 2, first prize in the Australian National Academy of Music Chamber Music Competition (2018) and Queensland International Chamber Music Competition (2019) for their performance of Ligeti's String Quartet No. 1.
Comprised of members William Huxtable (violin), Mana Ohashi (violin), Eunise Cheng (viola) and Daniel Smith (cello), the quartet has performed around Australia. Highlights for the Partridge String Quartet recently include performing as part of Ensemble Q’s ‘Champions’ Concert in Brisbane and being invited to perform alongside Australian clarinettist Paul Dean at the 10th Anniversary Gala Melbourne Recital Centre Concert broadcasted live on ABC Classic Radio.
In 2018, the quartet received the Husky Energy Artist Award after they were selected as one of 10 string quartets world-wide for a 3-week string quartet program residency at the Banff Centre of Arts and Creativity in Canada. Earlier in 2019, the quartet performed at the Musica Viva Chamber Music Festival 2019 in Sydney as part of the Australian Youth Orchestra Chamber Players Program.
Advocates of Australian music, the ensemble was invited in 2017 to perform at the National Gallery of Victoria for the Australian Art and Music exhibition and in 2018, returned for the opening of their Frontier Wars exhibition performing Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe’s String Quartet No. 14 at the Ian Potter Centre in Federation Square.
The quartet’s rendition of the Stanhope String Quartet No. 2 was performed in Banff and also used in an animation created by Sylvie Le Couteur which was selected to be premiered and featured at the Australian International Animation Festival and Melbourne International Animation in 2019. Since then, the quartet has been involved in an exciting project of connecting Australian chamber music with audiences using motion capture technology. Through a collaboration with the quartet, Deakin University’s motion lab, Australian composer Paul Stanhope and ANAM, they aim to create a new visual representation of classical music performance through animation.
Violinist Harry Ward has performed as soloist, concertmaster and chamber musician throughout Australia, America, Mexico, Asia and Europe. Solo appearances include with the Xiamen Philharmonic, Hangzhou Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfónica de Michoacán and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, Harry has performed alongside members of the Emerson, Michelangelo, Belcea, Ehnes and Australian string quartets and in concert with the late Joseph Silverstein. In 2017, Harry was invited to perform at the Rome Chamber Music Festival which included performances with Edgar Meyer, playing Meyer’s String Quintet and performances with members of the Venice Baroque Orchestra.
Harry has won many prizes in various competitions, including winner of the Australian National Youth Concerto Competition, the award for Best Performance of New Zealand Commissioned Work at the Michael Hill International Violin Competition, and as a finalist in the ABC Young Performers Awards.
Harry has performed in masterclasses with James Ehnes, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Donald Weilerstein, Joseph Silverstein, David Kim, Alina Ibragimova, Sophie Rowell, members of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and the Belcea, Cavani, Pacifica, Alban Berg and Penny Quartets.
Harry is currently training in Melbourne with Dr Robin Wilson at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). Previously, Harry studied at the Graz Kunst-Universität with Boris Kuschnir, at the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings with Amy Schwartz Moretti, David Halen and David Kim, and at the Meadowmount School of Music with Walter Schwede and the late Joseph Silverstein. From 2008-2013, Harry attended the Open Academy Rising Stars program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he studied with Professor Peter Zhang and Professor Alice Waten.
Harry plays a 1780 Pietro Antonio Landolfi violin, kindly on loan from an anonymous benefactor.