About the Australia Piano Quartet
Kristian Winther, Violin
Daniel de Borah, Piano
Thomas Rann, Cello
James Wannan, Viola
Australia Piano Quartet
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Australia Piano Quartet (APQ) brings together four of Australia’s most respected and dynamic instrumentalists. In 2018 APQ is joined by violinist Anna Da Silva Chen as artist-in-residence.
The players’ passion for the piano quartet stems from their love of the extraordinary repertoire and the unique qualities of the ensemble itself: a synthesis of the finely blended sonority of a string trio, the soloistic qualities of each string voice and the orchestral power and virtuosic brilliance of the piano.
The quartet presents reinvigorated interpretations of canonic masterpieces, unearths neglected piano quartet works of past and present and adds new life through the commissioning of new works by Australian composers. Commissions to date have engaged leading composers including William Barton, Ross Edwards, Paul Dean, Elliot Gyger, Elena Kats-Chernin, Lachlan Skipworth, Jack Symonds and Felicity Wilcox.
Australia Piano Quartet is in its eighth year as Ensemble in Residence at the University of Technology Sydney. As part of this residency, APQ creates ground-breaking collaborations with university faculties and external organisations. For example, a collaboration with Jess Irwin, a musician living with cerebral palsy, and Psykinetic, a start-up robotic business aimed at creating futuristic, inclusive and empowering technologies to improve independence and quality of life for people with disabilities, which was featured on ABC 7:30 Report, then further developed by TedX and SBS.
The latest iteration of the project will see APQ work with the School of Software, Interaction Design discipline (FEIT), and the School of Communications, Music and Sound Design discipline (FASS) to create IMMERSE, a work incorporating live chamber and digital music performance, immersive electronic sound and three-dimensional (3D) visual design, created specifically for the UTS Data Arena, an interactive audiovisual space.
In addition to performances at Sydney Opera House, Wigmore Hall and Barbican Centre (London), APQ has undertaken a residency at Shanghai University, live broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and Foxtel Arts (Helpmann Awards), and appearances at Holywell Music Room Oxford, the Australian Embassy Paris, and Queensland Conservatorium Brisbane.