Melbourne Recital Centre is pleased to announce the July to December 2016 Contemporary Masters Award has been awarded to Melbourne Guitar Quartet.
The members of Melbourne Guitar Quartet (Ben Dix, Dan McKay, Jeremy Tottenham and Michael MacManus), performed their winning interpretation of Electric Counterpoint by Steve Reich on Tuesday 15 November 2016 in the Salon.
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. The Melbourne Guitar Quartet gave a stunning performance of this new arrangement – exciting, virtuosic, captivating.’