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Penny Quartet wins the July to December 2019 Contemporary Masters Award

Melbourne Recital Centre is pleased to announce the July to December 2019 Contemporary Masters Award has been awarded to Penny Quartet.

Penny Quartet is Amy Brookman and Madeleine Jevons playing violins, Anthony Chataway playing viola and Jack Ward on cello. On 12 December 2019 the quartet performed a 13-minute piece by Jörg Widmann titled String Quartet No.2 ‘Chorale Quartet’ in the Primrose Potter Salon.

The performance of the work was judged as the winner of the July-December round of Contemporary Masters Award. Marshall McGuire, Melbourne Recital Centre’s Director of Programming commented ‘they have an affinity with this composer – this was a beautiful performance full of mysterious noises, and compelling silences. Beautifully controlled, this piece kept the audience captivated from start to finish.’

The Contemporary Masters Award has been supported by pianist Stephen McIntyre AM and friends in honour of Stephen’s birthday. It has enabled Melbourne Recital Centre to recognise the finest performances of repertoire from the 20th and 21st centuries by ensembles who perform at Melbourne Recital Centre throughout the year. Having supported 14 awards since 2013, this is the final time this prize will be awarded. Congratulations go to Penny Quartet and all the ensembles who have achieved this award.

Past winners of Melbourne Recital Centre’s Contemporary Masters Awards.

2013
Benaud Trio – Four Music Videos by Paul Schoenfield
Australia Felix – Funf Bruchstucke by Jorg Widmann

2014
Plexus – The End of Many Worlds by Gordon Kerry
Syzygy Ensemble – Kukulkan 2 by David Dzubay

2015
Press, Play – Sandakan Piano Trio 2 by Larry Sitsky
Melbourne Guitar Quartet – News from Nowhere by Philip Houghton

2016
Melbourne Guitar Quartet – Electric Counterpoint by Steve Reich
Tinalley String Quartet – Song Cycle: ‘Do not go gentle into that good night’ & ‘Do not Go’ by Ade Vincent / Lior

2017
Ensemble Three – Voodoo Sonnets by James Ledger
Songmakers Australia – From Jewish Poetry Op.79 by Shostakovich

2018
Inventi Ensemble – Run Before Lightning by Jonathan Harvey
Penny Quartet – String Quartet No.4 by Jorg Widmann

2019
Ossicle Duo – L’art Bruit by Mauricio Kagel
Penny Quartet – String Quartet No.2 “Chorale Quartet” by Jörg Widmann