Thin Places

Penny Quartet


An exciting addition to Australian music making, Penny Quartet is a fresh interpretative voice, with drive, passion and a vibrant approach to performances.

Based in Melbourne, the Quartet formed at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in early 2014, and have since collaborated and recorded with composers and contemporary artists as well as presenting a recital tour across Australia. The group brings together a range of diverse backgrounds, yet creates a mature quartet sound. Penny Quartet’s repertoire is wide and varied; a love for the core quartet repertoire is intertwined with an urge to explore less-charted territory.

A concept coined by the ancient Celts, thin places are the spaces between the holy and the human, heaven and earth, air and soil. In this program including works from Jörg Widmann to Maurice Ravel, Penny Quartet explores this indefinable feeling, this element of humanity, from the sublime to the uncomfortable. Thin places are not necessarily sacred or peaceful, though they can be both – they are places of dissonance, beauty and conflict.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Penny Quartet


Penny Quartet


Erkki-Sven Tüür
String Quartet No.1 ‘In memoriam Urmas Kibuspuu’

Jorg Widmann
String Quartet No.2 ‘Chorale Quartet’

Maurice Ravel
String Quartet in F
I. Allegro moderato
II. Assez vif, très rythmé
III. Très lent
IV. Vif et agité


This production is part of the following series:

Local Heroes 2019

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

Penny Quartet

Formed at the Australian National Academy of Music in 2014, Penny Quartet are rapidly gaining a reputation as a fresh, interpretative voice to chamber music giving high profile recitals, festival showcases and master classes across the country.