Cancelled: ASQ plays Dvořák with Konstantin Shamray

ASQ 2020


Concert Cancellation Notification

ASQ regrets to advise ASQ plays Dvořák with Konstantin Shamray on Tuesday 5 May has been cancelled.

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Event details

The visceral and haunting Bartók, an intimate exploration with Australian composer Anne Cawrse, and the warm embrace of Dvořák’s optimistic piano quintet with Konstantin Shamray.

Reflecting on Virginia Woolf’s seminal text, A Room of One’s Own, Australian composer Anne Cawrse’s new commission is an intimate and personal exploration of what it is to be a woman composer in the 21st century. Soundscapes of bowed percussion and strings speak to the fragility of ideas and the blossoming of creativity, while reflecting on the silent voices of the past.

The spirit of breaking ground continues through Béla Bartók’s String Quartet No.4. Visceral and haunting, his unique voice mines the soul, arousing absolute terror one moment and rich warmth the next. Joined by pianist Konstantin Shamray, we close the program with the spring-like optimism of Antonin Dvořák’s Piano Quintet. Symphonic in texture, Dvořák’s folk-inspired tunes radiate warmth, vitality and love, from the cello’s opening melody to the very last bar.

Presented by Australian String Quartet


A Room of Her Own (World Premiere) *

String Quartet No.4

Piano Quintet in A Op.81

*Commissioned for the Australian String Quartet by the Elder Conservatorium of Music with support of the John Bishop Memorial Commission



Dale has performed as a chamber and orchestral musician across the globe. In addition to his position with the ASQ, he serves as Concertmaster of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and has been Concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Principal Second Violin of the St Paul Chamber Orchestra. He has appeared as soloist and director with all three orchestras. Hailing from Brisbane, Dale made his solo debut with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra at the age of 15 and was Concertmaster of the Queensland and Australian Youth Orchestras. He then moved to the USA to attend the University of Maryland and later the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with William Preucil, Gerald Fischbach and members of the Guarneri and Cavani Quartets.


A musician of diverse interests and influences, Francesca Hiew has maintained a multifaceted career. Prior to joining the Australian String Quartet, Francesca was a member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. She enjoys teaching and coaching chamber ensembles, regularly tutoring for the Australian Youth Orchestra, Adelaide Youth Orchestra and the University of Adelaide. A former student and fellow of the Australian National Academy of Music, Francesca is passionate about fostering the future of chamber music.
Growing up as the second youngest of seven children in Brisbane, Francesca began learning the violin at the age of four at the Stoliarsky School of Music. Her primary teachers were William Hennessy, Michele Walsh, Emin Tagiev and Mark Lakirovich.


Violist of the ASQ since 2012, chamber music has taken Stephen to venues and festivals around Australia and the world, collaborating with a diverse array of both classical and contemporary artists. During the 1990’s he studied and worked with the Coolidge Quartet in the USA, mentored by the Guarneri and Emerson String Quartets. In 2003 he returned to Australia as a member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Stephen grew up in Canberra and almost completed an architecture degree before falling for the viola. He holds a Doctorate in Chamber Music and teaches at the University of Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium. His teachers have included Elizabeth Morgan, James Dunham, Katherine Murdock and Michael Tree.


Before joining the ASQ, Sharon held a position with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. She was also a founding member of the Hopkins String Quartet and toured regularly with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Whilst studying in Berlin in 2011, Sharon performed with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Spira Mirabilis Chamber Orchestra. She has performed with the Australian World Orchestra, plays in a duo with guitarist Slava Grigoryan, and is the Artistic Director of the Barossa, Baroque and Beyond Festival. Sharon studied at the University of Melbourne, the Australian National Academy of Music, and in Europe with professors Valter Dešpalj, Howard Penny, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt and Nicolas Altstaedt.


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