Tinalley String Quartet - See Me As I Am

with Daniel de Borah

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Internationally acclaimed for its ‘addictive sound’, ‘intuitive’ music making and ‘technical virtuosity’, Tinalley String Quartet (TSQ) is one of Australia’s most awarded classical music exports and is celebrated as one of the finest strings quartets of its generation.

Grand Prize Winners of the 2005 Australian Chamber Music Competition and First Prize Winners of the Ninth Banff International String Quartet Competition, TSQ has performed throughout Australia, Europe, Canada and the United States, appeared at the nation’s premier music festivals, and in 2017/18, will be ‘Quartet in Residence’ at the Coriole Music Festival in the McLaren Vale, South Australia. TSQ’s 2017 concert series is inspired by the words of the great Russian writer Leo Tolstoy.

Tinalley String Quartet reflects on the intimacy of music, the heartfelt origins of compositions conceived deep within the composer’s soul but destined for greatness. Beethoven’s quartet Op.95 ‘Serioso’ is imbued throughout with gravitas and tension. Never intended by the composer to be performed in public, the piece is intensely personal, tightly coiled and breathless until the coda of the final movement, which heralds a sparkling, almost nonchalant conclusion to a troubled musical journey. Acclaimed pianist Daniel de Borah joins Tinalley for Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet. Written at the request of the Beethoven Quartet who commissioned the work so that Shostakovich could play with them, it is one of the most famed chamber works of the 20th century. Tchaikovsky’s beloved first string quartet is a fitting close to Tinalley’s concert series which is inspired by the words of Tolstoy. The celebrated writer was reportedly moved to tears upon hearing the exquisite Andante cantabile movement for the first time.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Tinalley String Quartet


Tinalley String Quartet
Daniel de Borah guest pianist
Patrick Murphy guest cellist


Ludwig van Beethoven
String Quartet No.11 in F minor, Op 95 ‘Serioso’

Dmitri Shostakovich
Piano Quintet in G minor, Op.57

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
String Quartet No.1 in D, Op. 11