The Quartet’s residency at UTS provides a unique interface for cross-departmental conversation, challenging the boundaries of chamber music through collaborations across creative media and art forms. APQ seeks to be a potent and forward-looking creative force within the University, presenting reinvigorated interpretations of canonic masterpieces while unearthing many neglected works of past and present.
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.
A collaboration between APQ, the School of Software, Interaction Design discipline (FEIT), and the School of Communications, Music and Sound Design discipline (FASS) led to 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. IMMERSE was presented in the 2019 Sydney Festival program.
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.
In 2020, APQ are collaborating with UTS Art on the multi-part series 'Soundscapes'. This project aims to embrace new ways of working during the COVID-19 pandemic in which APQ have virtually collaborated with guest artists Konstantin Shamray and Rebecca Chan to curate a virtual soundtrack to accompany selected works from Frank Watter's Gift donated to UTS.