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Penny Quartet is a fresh interpretative voice on the Australian music scene.

Its love of the classic string quartet repertoire is intertwined with an urge to explore less charted territory. The Quartet’s passion and drive has led to numerous collaborations, recordings and performances across the country, and winning Melbourne Recital Centre’s 2018 Contemporary Masters Award.

Music can inspire and delight us, and it can subvert our expectations too. Beethoven’s mammoth String Quartet No.7 is such a work. Containing some of his most sublime themes, it is the first quartet in his ‘middle’ period, distinguished by pieces of heightened drama and technical difficulty. The newest string quartet by legendary Dutch composer Louis Andriessen is based on Allegri’s 17th-century choral masterpiece Miserere and explores form and structure from every angle. Together these quartets are a perfect pair, enchanting and astonishing the listener.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Penny Quartet


Penny Quartet
Madeleine Jevons violin
Amy Brookman violin
Anthony Chataway viola
Jack Ward cello


Louis Andriessen

Ludwig van Beethoven
String Quartet No.7 in F, Op.59 No.1


This production is part of the following series:

Local Heroes 2020

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