Affinity Quartet – Perpetual Motion

Affinity Quartet

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Affinity Quartet


A stirring display of emotion and musicality.

About the artists

Affinity Quartet represents the next generation of Australia’s chamber music stars, having developed its craft in Europe to critical acclaim. It brings home an inspired approach to music-making, matched by its adventurous spirit as a string quartet for and of today.

About the concert

Australian composer and violist Matt Laing, describes his new work for Affinity Quartet as ‘an abstract still life in perpetual motion, where even the smallest, stillest things have a hyperactive inner life’.

The quartet present Schubert’s epic String Quartet No. 14, a piece not publicly performed during his lifetime. When composing this work, 27-year-old Schubert struggled with the idea of death – he had contracted syphilis and he knew he would die early from the illness. His imagining of Death and the Maiden is inspired by the 18th century poem of the same name by Matthias Claudius. A stirring display of emotion and musicality, this performance is not to be missed.

Affinity Quartet’s commission is made possible by Kingsley Gee.

Praise for Affinity Quartet

‘One of the most exciting ensembles to make its mark on Melbourne’s classical music scene.’ Classic Melbourne

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Josephine Chung violin 1
Nicholas Waters violin 2
Ruby Shirres viola
Mee Na Lojewski cello


Matthew Laing
In Perpetuum

Franz Schubert
String Quartet No.14 in D minor, D.810 ‘Death and the Maiden’


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