Meet The Sydney Cello Quartet our 2021 Artists in Residence
The Sydney Cello Quartet was selected by our judging panel, consisting of Chairman Michael Morton-Evans OAM, Professor Michael Field AM and Dianne Cox, for their proven track record of top-class music-making, while also being closely embedded in their community. Their music is drawn from the Western classical tradition, as well as indigenous melodies, and new pieces by Australian composers and they are adept at making arrangements to better target audiences of different cultural backgrounds.
About their programming Michael Morton-Evans notes ‘their concerts have been directed at many sectors of society and all age groups, including the elderly and now the very young, with their latest concept of programs for parents and babies, especially those isolated during recent periods of COVID lockdown’. Find out more about the Meet The Sydney Cello Quartet below!
The Sydney Cello Quartet has been performing since December 2017. The four cellists, Caroline Otto, Eleanor Betts, Ezmi Pepper, and Annika Stagg met at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2004 and have been busy performing individually, both at home and abroad, ever since.
The members of the group have played with the likes of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Göttinger Symphonie Orchester, and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra but a love of chamber music and a desire to showcase this unique type of ensemble brings them together twice a year to celebrate all things cello.
The Sydney Cello Quartet will use their residency to rehearse and record music connected to their planned series of short covid-safe concerts for parents and babies.
The music will feature well-known works as well as arrangements of lullabies from other western classical music traditions (such as Greek and Italian) and a collaboration with Australian composers and arrangers to make culturally appropriate arrangements of music with a different musical heritage.
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