Orava Quartet – Mad Piper

Orava Quartet

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Orava Quartet


The anchors of home, family, resilience and hope.

The Orava Quartet is poised to become one of Australia’s proudest cultural exports. Revered for their thrilling performances and the rare ability to make unfamiliar music suddenly accessible, the Oravas bring their unique sound and technical mastery to both classics and lesser-known masterworks of the string quartet canon.

About the concert

Their performance in Elisabeth Murdoch Hall explores the folk music that binds, comforts and grounds them. Songs of their grandmothers, from childhood, home and travels in distant lands. Orava Quartet present four great composers whose works cite folk tunes from western and eastern Europe.

From De Falla’s Spain, the Quartet journeys through Greece to Australia in Elena Kats-Chernin’s newest string quartet, sharing stories of maternal hope, tragedy and triumph through four generations of a family. Fischer tells tales of brave heroes and far-away legends, and Shostakovich explores both happiness and loss in his sixth quartet, composed while on honeymoon, in a work seen as the harbinger for his mighty eighth quartet.

The anchors of home, family, resilience and hope are distilled in this moving and heartfelt program presented by the Orava Quartet, threaded through with folksong.

Praise for Orava Quartet

‘The most exciting young quartet on the block.’ Limelight Magazine

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Daniel Kowalik violin
David Dalseno violin
Thomas Chawner viola
Karol Kowalik cello


Manuel de Falla
The Miller’s Dance from the Three Cornered Hat

Elena Kats-Chernin
For Theodora

Dmitri Shostakovich
String Quartet No. 6 in G, Op.101

Pavel Fischer
String Quartet No. 3, ‘Mad Piper’


This production is part of the following series:

Season Three: Illuminate

Celebrate the best local and international music at the award-winning venue where live music lives.