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Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Rathdowne Quartet


Romantic yearning contrasted with modernist complexity.

Formed in Melbourne in 2019, Rathdowne Quartet is dedicated to bringing newfangled energies to the great string quartets, as well as championing and commissioning new works. The Quartet features some of Australia’s most accomplished and exciting up-and-coming musicians. They come together following experiences with the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), Australian Chamber Orchestra and Berlin Philharmonic Academy.

About this concert

The young and ambitious Rathdowne Quartet present two ground-breaking works in the string quartet repertoire, Felix Mendelssohn’s Quartet No. 2 in A minor and Béla Bartók’s Quartet No. 3. Both works of great virtuosity and emotional depth, this compelling program contrasts the Romantic yearning and questioning of Mendelssohn, with Bartók’s meshing of modernist complexity and Hungarian folk music. An opportune performance to experience this exciting new ensemble in an intimate setting.

The Spotlight Series is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Robert Salzer Foundation.

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Rathdowne Quartet
Molly Collier-O’Boyle viola
James Morley cello
Natalia Harvey violin
Tair Khisambeev violin


Felix Mendelssohn
String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op.13

Béla Bartók
String Quartet No.3, Sz.85


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