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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.

What do Salvador Dalí, Leonardo da Vinci and Béla Bartók have in common? They are all said to have used the ‘golden ratio’, a special number that appears in the most beautiful works of art and music. The ratio can be found in many of Bartók’s pieces, including the visceral String Quartet No.4, featured in this concert. Joined by multi-talented performer and vocalist Georgie Darvidis, this shining hour of chamber music with Penny Quartet also includes the world premiere of a new work by local composer Julia Potter.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Penny Quartet


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


Julia Potter
Belonging and Longing to Be

George Butterworth
Love Blows as the Wind Blows

Béla Bartók
String Quartet No.4


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.