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Goldner String Quartet

Goldner String Quartet

Dene Olding Violin 

Dimity Hall Violin 

Irina Morozova Viola 

Julian Smiles Cello 

Celebrating its 26th Anniversary Season in 2021, the Goldner String Quartet has long-standing recognition, as not only Australia’s pre-eminent string quartet but as an ensemble of international significance, favourably compared with the best in the world. The Quartet is named after Richard Goldner, founder of Musica Viva Australia. Launched in 1995 and still retaining all founding members, the musicians are well known to Australian and international audiences through their performances and recordings and for 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.

Unanimous audience and critical acclaim following their London debut at Wigmore Hall in 1997ensured the Goldner Quartet’s invitations to prestigious UK and European festivals. Performances in the USA and throughout Asia have followed, in addition to several tours of New Zealand. The Goldners most recent tour saw performances in the UK, including the Wigmore Hall (broadcast bythe BBC) with long term collaborator, pianist Piers Lane. The Quartet also appeared in Ireland and in Italy for the opening of the 2019 Biennale Arte in Venice. The Quartet regularly appears at many of Australia’s leading music festivals including Musica Viva’s Sydney Festival, Music in the Hunter, and at Huntington Estate amongst others, in addition to being Quartet in Residence at the annual Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville, North Queensland.

Special projects have included a major 20th-Century retrospective, an international project in celebration of Sydney’s Sister Cities and the complete cycle of Beethoven String Quartets presented across 3 weeks.

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. Also released on ABC Classics are the complete quartets of Carl Vine and the Goldners own DVD documentary, The Quartets, recorded live in 2012 with Peter Sculthorpe, with whom the Quartet had a long and close working relationship. Three volumes of his Quartets are released on the Tall Poppies label and the complete quartets of Szymanowski and Stravinsky are available on Naxos. 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, Pierné, Bruch, Borodin, Korngold, Bartok, Dunhill and D’Erlanger 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. 

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 Australia and the Sydney Conservatorium. 

New works have been regularly commissioned for the Goldners from many of Australia’s leading composers.

In 2021 the Goldners have a busy schedule of concerts and festivals and will tour nationally with pianist Piers Lane for Musica Viva’s International Concert Series.