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String Quartets

Barbaro String Quartet


Named after Bartók’s Allegro Barbaro for solo piano, the Barbaro String Quartet delivers unpredictable and electric performances of a diverse and challenging repertoire.

The six seminal quartets of Béla Bartók are central to the Barbaro's repertoire, along with interpretations of the romantic and classical canon that sit outside the norms of contemporary style and thought, and a wide range of new music from Australia and around the world. In 2018 the Quartet will perform in Melbourne's Play On series and the Clara St Chamber Music series, as well as at concerts in Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney.

Baum Quartett

South Korea

The Baum Quartett was founded in March 2016 in Seoul, South Korea. Through hard work and on the grounds of their existing talent and potential, they have earned widespread praise for their subsequent performances.

The founding and current members are Sun Shin (violin), Onyou Kim (violin), Daekyu Han (viola) and Hang-Oh Cho (cello). Their biggest success so far has been winning second prize in the Salieri-Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition in Verona in September 2017. They are currently studying a masters of chamber music at the Musikhochschule in Hamburg and are looking hopefully into the future.

Callisto Quartet


Formed in 2016 at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Callisto Quartet brings together four dedicated and passionate musicians who share a love for chamber music.

The quartet was selected as the CIM Apprentice Quartet for 2017 and they work closely with Peter Salaff and the Cavani String Quartet. They have attended the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, the McGill International String Quartet Academy, and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and have worked with members of the Alban Berg, Belcea, Brentano, Emerson, Escher, Miro, Ying, and Vermeer Quartets. Members include Paul Aguilar and Rachel Stenzel (violins), Eva Kennedy (viola), and Hannah Moses (cello). 

Eliot Quartett


The Eliot Quartett currently studies with Prof. Günter Pichler at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid, and with Prof. Tim Vogler at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts. 

Members of the Eliot Quartett are Maryana Osipova (violin), Alexander Sachs (violin), Dmitry Hahalin (viola), Michael Preuß (cello). The quartet has won various awards, including third prize at the Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Conservatory Competition, second prize at the Irene Steels-Wilsing Foundation Competition, and the 2017 Academy Prize for the promotion of young talent from the Academy of Science and Literature in Mainz. The Eliot Quartett is named after the American poet T. S. Eliot, whose famous work “Four Quartets” was inspired by the innovative late quartets of Ludwig van Beethoven. 

Goldmund Quartet


The Goldmund Quartet is one of the most exciting young string ensembles in Europe. It has appeared at international festivals, in prestigious chamber music venues, and in recitals in Europe, Canada, China and the US. Many of its concerts have been recorded and broadcast by leading networks in Germany.

In 2016, NAXOS released the Quartet’s debut CD with works by Joseph Haydn that earned great reviews from the BBC, The Strad Magazine, Gramophone Magazine, the American Record Guide and many others. The group received the Karl-Klinger-Prize during the 2016 ARD International Music Competition in Munich.

Idomeneo Quartet


Formed in 2009, the Idomeneo Quartet held the Chamber Music Fellowship at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. They later continued their studies with Rainer Schmidt and the Vogler Quartet.

In 2013, the Quartet was awarded second prize at the Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition. The Idomeneo Quartet has held recitals in numerous concert venues all over Europe and extensively throughout the UK, in venues such as the Barbican Hall, Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and St Martin in the Fields. They have performed at various international festivals, including MISQA in Montreal and Heidelberger Frühlung Internationales Festival in Germany.

Quatuor Agate 


The members of the Quatuor Agate first met at the Conservatoire de Boulogne-Billancourt. After completing their respective studies at the "Conservatoire de Paris" (CNSMDP), they studied with Prof. Eberhard Feltz at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin.

The quartet has been invited to perform at several international festivals with renowned partners. In 2016, with the support of Jérôme Pernoo and the Danel Quartet, they created the CorsiClassic Festival, a chamber music festival held in Corsica. They have also had the opportunity to work with Gerhard Schultz, Tim Vogler, Michael Vogler, Stephan Forck, Yovan Markovitch, Luc-Marie Aguera, Andrej Bielow and others.

Thaleia Quartet


The Thaleia Quartet was formed in 2014 by students from Tokyo University of the Arts. They are studying with Prof. Kazuki Sawa, Katsuya Matsubara, Toshihiko Ichitsubo and Nobuko Yamazaki, and have participated in masterclasses with Gabriel Lipkind, the Skampa Quartet, the Chilingirian Quartet and Garfield Jackson.

They were awarded third prize at the Salzburg-Mozart International Chamber Music Competition and second prize in the Munetsugu Hall String Quartet Competition. They have also given recitals and participated in the Lake District Summer Music program in 2016, as well as in the 2017 Chiringirian Summer Course.


competition dates

Australian National Academy of Music
Sunday 1 to Thursday 5 July

Australian National Academy of Music
Friday 6 July

Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre
Sunday 8 July


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