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2016 Contemporary Masters Award Winner Announced

Melbourne Recital Centre is pleased to announce the February to June 2016 Contemporary Masters Award has been awarded to Tinalley String Quartet.

The members of Tinalley String Quartet (Adam Chalabi, Lerida Delbridge, Justine Williams and Michelle Wood), with singer Lior, performed their winning interpretation of ‘Do not go gentle into that good night’ by Ade Vincent and Lior on Wednesday 4 May in Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre.

The award is supported by pianist Stephen McIntyre AM and friends who established the award in honour of Stephen’s birthday. It enables Melbourne Recital Centre to recognise the finest performances of repertoire from the 20th and 21st centuries. The Contemporary Masters Performance Award is open to all artists (individuals and ensembles) who perform at Melbourne Recital Centre throughout the year.

Melbourne Recital Centre’s Director of Artistic Planning, Marshall McGuire says: “Melbourne Recital Centre prides itself on presenting the widest range of musical styles possible, from the renaissance to the current day. This enlightened support, from friends and supporters of Australia’s great pianist Stephen McIntyre, enables us to celebrate some of the outstanding performances of twentieth and twenty-first century music performed by Melbourne’s leading performers. This performance was a magical experience, bringing together the diverse talents of Lior, Ade Vincent and Tinalley String Quartet. Additionally, we’re delighted to have supported the creation of this new work through our University of Melbourne commissions program, supported by Majilis Pty Ltd. The quality of the composition and the performance was of outstanding quality”

The panel, consisting of Marshall McGuire, Mary Vallentine AO and Margaret Farren-Price awarded Tinalley String Quartet the prize based on judging criteria covering technique and intonation, musicianship, ensemble work, ability to engage the audience and the complexity and difficulty of the piece. Tinalley String Quartet has been awarded a $1250 cash prize.