“One only had to hear the opening bars to realise this is a very fine quartet indeed.”
The Telegraph, UK – City of London Festival review 2011
“The Goldners give the most sublimely articulate and raptly communicative reading of Elgar’s elusive String Quartet that it’s been my privilege to encounter.”
Celebrating their 20th Anniversary Season in 2015, the Goldner String Quartet has widespread and long-standing recognition for excellence, as not only Australia’s pre-eminent string quartet but as an ensemble of international significance, favourably compared with the best in the world. Launched for the 1995 season, and still retaining all four founding members, this is an outstanding achievement, which is unique in the history of string quartets in Australia.
The players are well known to Australian and international audiences through performances, recordings and their concurrent membership of the Australia Ensemble @UNSW. All members have occupied principal positions in organisations such as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Australian Chamber Orchestra.
In 1997 the Goldner String Quartet made its debut at the Wigmore Hall in London. Unanimous audience and critical acclaim has ensured the Quartet’s regular return invitations to London and major festivals in the UK, Europe and the Asia Pacific region. In 2001 the Quartet made its American debut with concerts at the prestigious 92nd St Y in New York, and in Washington DC. Closer to home, the Goldner String Quartet has performed in China, Korea, Singapore and Brunei and has undertaken several extensive tours of New Zealand.
The Quartet regularly appears at leading music festivals around Australia, including Music in the Hunter where they been the resident musicians for over 20 years and at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music where their long-term involvement has recently been formally recognised with the title of Quartet in Residence. The Huntington Estate Music Festival, Musica Viva’s Sydney Festival, and the Coriole Festival to name a few, are regular features of Goldners’ calendar.
Special projects have included a major retrospective of 20th-century string quartets for the Adelaide Festival in 2000 and in 2004 their first complete Beethoven String Quartet Cycle in Sydney for Musica Viva (recorded live).
The Quartet’s appearances in the 2011 City of London Festival drew capacity audiences and unanimous praise from UK critics, and were broadcast on the BBC. New works have been regularly commissioned for the Goldner String Quartet from Australia’s leading composers.
The Goldner’s live recordings of the complete Beethoven String Quartet cycle, released on ABC Classics won the 2009 Limelight Award for Best Classical Recording. The Quartet has numerous recordings for the prestigious UK label, Hyperion; each disc highlights string quartets and piano quintets of a different composer (Bloch, Bridge, Dvořák, Elgar, Harty, Taneyev, Arensky, Vierne and Pierné to date) with pianist Piers Lane. Universal rave reviews have followed, including Diapason D’Or, Editor’s Choice in Gramophone magazine and BBC Music Magazine, as well as finalist for the BBC Music Magazine’s Chamber Music Award in 2009. Also released are the complete quartets of Szymanowski and Stravinsky on Naxos, and the complete quartets of Carl Vine on ABC Classics. The Goldners had a close working relationship with Peter Sculthorpe; 3 volumes of his Quartets are recorded on the Tall Poppies label and the Goldners own DVD documentary, The Quartets, recorded with Peter Sculthorpe has recently been released by ABC Classics.
Strongly committed to teaching the next generation of string quartets, the Goldners have mentored young ensembles through programs of the Australian Youth Orchestra, Musica Viva and the Sydney Conservatorium.
The Goldners own special projects continue to be distinctive; their multi-media Sculthorpe Project and Sydney’s Sister Cities world tour being the current focus.
In recognition and celebration of their 20th Anniversary, the Goldner String Quartet will undertake a nationwide tour in April – May, for Musica Viva’s International Concert Series.
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