The Partridge String Quartet, involving three ANAM musicians and one Alumnus, will be travelling to Canada in July for a three-week residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. The group’s violist, Eunise Cheng, said she is looking forward to having the opportunity to purely focus on chamber music during that time. “The program is based on the evolution of the string quartet as a genre and throughout the weeks we will learn, explore and perform alongside other emerging international string quartets – the early, romantic and modern quartets tutored by pioneering quartets including the Parker Quartet and Jack Quartet.”
“Aside from workshops, presentations and tutorials, there will also be lots of performance opportunities which we’re looking forward to! At this stage, repertoire is still being confirmed however we’re excited to know that we’ll also be world premiering works by the composers in residence during the program.”

With all the masterclasses and solo, chamber and orchestral performance opportunities at ANAM, it can sometimes be tricky for the Quartet to find spare time between four people to rehearse. This three-week residency will be a unique opportunity for the musicians to work together in an intensive timeframe.
“In Banff, we’ll finally get three weeks uninterrupted with no other commitments to focus solely on the quartet, which we’ve never had before. So I’m excited to see what we can do and how far we can grow as an ensemble. We’re also looking forward to meeting the other quartets on this program and enjoying the beautiful Canadian mountains! There will definitely be a sneaky sunrise jam session on a hill one morning while we’re there.”

In addition to preparing for their international trip, the musicians are also rehearsing for a Soundbite performance on Tuesday 8 May, 1PM. “We’ve chosen three pieces by three very different composers for the Soundbite – Mendelssohn, Ravel and Webern,” Eunise said. Performing Mendelssohn’s vibrant first String Quartet Op. 12 in E flat as well as the charming Introduction and Allegro by Ravel for Flute, Clarinet, Harp and String Quartet and Webern’s Langsamer Satz for String Quartet. As Eunise remarks, “Langsamer Satz originated during a hiking trip in Lower Austria that Webern took with his cousin, Wilhelmine Mörtl, who later became his wife. It is very much love music, which Webern wrote extensively about in his diary. So there is definitely something for everyone in this program.”

Words by Miranda Cass, ANAM Marketing Coordinator

The Partridge String Quartet invite audience members to join them following the performance for complimentary tea and coffee in the ANAM foyer, plus the chance to win 1 of 2 double passes to ANAM’s season concert with the Australian String Quartet – Benjamin Britten & the String Quartet 1.

Tue 8 May 1pm

MENDELSSOHN String Quartet no. 1 in E flat major, op. 12
WEBERN Langsamer Satz for String Quartet
RAVEL Introduction and Allegro for flute, clarinet, harp and string quartet

Mana Ohashi (VIC) violin
Eunise Cheng (WA) viola
Daniel Smith (alumnus 2017) cello
Caroline Henbest violin
Riley Skevington (alumnus 2017) violin
Eliza Shephard (NSW) flute
Andrew Fong (QLD) clarinet
Samantha Ramirez harp
Karla Hanna (alumnus 2017) violin

Tickets $5 available at the door

Images by Pia Johnson



2 thoughts on “CANADA CALLS: Partridge String Quartet heads to Banff!

  1. Hello

    Question: Has William Huxtable, who was the founding First Violin of the Partridge String Quartet, left the ensemble?

    He’s not identified in any of this/these releases.


    Peter Burch


  2. Hi Peter,

    Thanks for your question. William is indeed still a member of the Partridge String Quartet and is heading to Banff with the other three this July – he isn’t able to perform at tomorrow’s Soundbite, which is why he isn’t listed in the personnel.

    The interview was primarily with Eunise, which is why she’s frequently quoted, however we could have made reference to the other members throughout the article.

    I hope that all makes sense,
    Life at ANAM

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