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‘Affinity represents the next generation of Australian classical superstars.’ Play On Music

Affinity Quartet explores the rich diversity of string quartet repertoire to bring classical music to wider audiences. Described by Classic Melbourne as ‘one of the most exciting young ensembles to make their mark’, the Quartet has given Australian premieres of works by Janácek, Haas, Britten and Panufnik, and world premieres by Jack Symonds and Matthew Laing. Affinity has represented Australia at Prussia Cove International Musicians Seminar (U.K.), Southbank Centre’s Yehudi Menuhin Festival (U.K.), and the Amsterdam String Quartet Biennale.

Part conversation with bygone eras, part homage to Beethoven, Affinity Quartet’s ode to the string quartet highlights the evolving beauty and complexity of the genre. Described as ‘the future of music’ (The Guardian, U.K.), Pulitzer Prize-winner Caroline Shaw’s Ritornello is her love letter to the string quartet form. In Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No.2, the then 18-year-old composer pays tribute to Beethoven while breaking new ground in one of his most passionate works.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Affinity Quartet


Affinity Quartet
Nicholas Waters violin
Ioana Tache violin
William Clark viola
Mee Na Lojewski cello


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.