Modern Inventions



Quartz brings to life three brave 20th-century visions.

Uniting the talents of its four highly-acclaimed members Kathryn Taylor, Philippa West, Merewyn Bramble and Zoe Wallace, Quartz has become a well-known Melbourne ensemble renowned for their vibrant and innovative programs. Their pairing of classic string quartet repertoire with lesser known contemporary pieces continues to add to their unique voice within the local and national scene, contributing to their success on stage and in the recording studio.

Delve into the vast and colourful world of early string quartet writing by three famous modern composers as Quartz brings to life three brave 20th-century visions. Charles Ives’ From The Salvation Army which uses hymns as the building block of his unique musical voice, moving into the dramatic melancholy of Philip Glass’ Company before finishing on Prokofiev’s String Quartet No.1 – immersing the listener in a rich and emotionally moving palette of harmonies.

A wine-tasting will take place post-concert courtesy of Mt. Camel Ridge Estate.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Quartz


Charles Ives
String Quartet No.1 ‘From The Salvation Army’

Phillip Glass

Sergei Prokofiev
String Quartet No.1, Op. 50


This production is part of the following series:

Local Heroes 2018

Now in its seventh year, Melbourne Recital Centre’s Local Heroes series brings together Melbourne’s best artists in a year-long festival of chamber music.


Quartz’s unique programs shine a light on the string quartet repertoire by highlighting well-known pieces of beauty and energy.