Shostakovich String Quartets



Melbourne’s Flinders Quartet is instantly recognisable as one of Australia’s most loved chamber music ensembles.

Its dynamic performances run the full spectrum of repertoire and leave audiences and critics expressing their praise: ‘We are indeed fortunate to have resident in Australia a quartet of this very high calibre’ classikON. A quartet for the 21st century, Flinders supports emerging Australian composers and musicians with its critically acclaimed programming, impressing audiences with gripping interpretations of new works and established masterpieces alike.

Imagine the life of Shostakovich through the lens of harrowing string quartets that articulate alienation, oppression, persecution and the fears of asylum seekers. Inspired by Wendy Lesser’s book Music for Silenced Voices, Flinders Quartet melds movements of his quartets with projected images to sketch a unique perspective on his biography. A Shostakovich string quartet cycle in 70-minutes.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Flinders Quartet


Dmitry Shostakovich
String Quartet Cycle
Selected movements from the string quartets of Shostakovich, curated by Flinders Quartet with dramaturg, Richard Piper