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.

Flinders Quartet celebrates chamber music as a global language. Stuart Greenbaum’s new work joins East and West by matching the Chinese er-hu with the European tradition of string quartet and recorder. And dazzling Chinese composer Zhao Zhang’s Totem offers an array of striking similarities with Debussy’s celebrated string quartet, the musical colours illustrating the way music unites cultures.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Flinders Quartet


Claude Debussy
String Quartet Op.10 in G minor

Huang Hai Huai (arr. Julian Yu)
Horse Race

Zhang Zhao

Stuart Greenbaum

*Commissioned by Carrillo Gantner for his wife, Ziyin Wang Gantner


Thibaud Pavlovic-Hobba violin
Nicholas Waters violin
Helen Ireland viola
Zoe Knighton cello
Genevieve Lacey recorders (guest artist)
Hao Zheng er-hu (guest artist)


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.

Flinders Quartet

Flinders Quartet is instantly recognisable as one as Australia’s most loved chamber music ensembles. A quartet for the twenty-first century, their dynamic and stirring performances of a full spectrum of repertoire have audiences and critics articulating their esteem.