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 Janáček, 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.

Fresh from their U.K. performances together, Affinity Quartet and mezzo-soprano Lotte Betts-Dean continue their thrilling exploration of musical treasures for string quartet and voice. Ravishing beauty and drama flows through masterworks spanning three centuries. From the romanticism of Schubert to Brahms’s portrait of Shakespeare’s Ophelia to 21st-century works by Caroline Shaw and Matthew Laing, the artists showcase engaging and versatile musicianship.

‘Impressive control, an irrepressible sense of drama and extraordinary self-assurance … Betts-Dean [is] certainly one to watch.’ The Guardian

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Affinity Quartet


Affinity Quartet
Nicholas Waters violin
Ioana Tache violin
William Clark viola
Mee Na Lojewski cello
Lotte Betts Dean mezzo-soprano


Caroline Shaw
Punctum for String Quartet

Matthew Laing
Portraits of Blood for String Quartet and Mezzo Soprano*

Nico Muhly
So Many Things for String Quartet and Mezzo Soprano

Caroline Shaw
Cant Voi L’Aube for String Quartet and Mezzo Soprano*

Johannes Brahms
5 Ophelia-Lieder

Franz Schubert
Quartettsatz in C Minor, D.703

*Australian premiere


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.