Australia Piano Quartet (APQ) has been UTS’ Ensemble-in-Residence since 2011. Since then it has produced a body of work in two streams: outstanding chamber music concerts in and around UTS; and ground-breaking collaborations with a range of faculties and partner organisations.
The residency forms part of UTS’s cultural commitment to the Ultimo precinct. It aims to build engagement with priority audiences, contribute to ‘learning for a lifetime’ initiatives and activate our campus. It contributes to the cultural life of the university, precinct and city.
The residency gives APQ the opportunity to fulfil its artistic goals and grow its potential within a framework of activities which aligns with the UTS 2027 strategy.
The passion for the piano quartet from founding members Thomas Rann and James Wannan 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.
APQ presents reinvigorated interpretations of canonic masterpieces, neglected piano quartet works of past and present, and 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 - The Clarinet's Viola
Sunday 15 March 2020
3:00pm – 5:00pm
The first Australia Piano Quartet performance for 2020 showcasing the ensemble’s new pianist Konstantin Shamray. The program features three works that were originally written for clarinet, but have been adapted for the yearning sonority of the viola.