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After a very exciting and fulfilling 2017, Acacia Quartet are now looking forward to an equally exciting 2018.

It'll see Acacia taking quite a couple of regional trips to Regional Conservatoriums for concerts and workshops.

Emile Cantor, international viola soloist, will also make a return to Australia to join Acacia for another wonderful concert series of viola quintets - 4 + Viola!. Acacia & Emile will then record Günter Raphael's String Quintet Op, 17 for CD after finishing their concert series. 

There's also another exciting collaboration coming up in 2018, guitar virtuoso Matt Withers joining Acacia for performing  and recording (for CD) newly written  Australian compositions for guitar and string quartet (Matt Withers Australian Music Composition Competition).

Of course there're also two string quartet programs (Italian Serenade & La Malinconia) ...


The Raphael Foundation has invited Acacia Quartet to perform and record Raphael's string quartets Nos. 1, 2 & 6 in May 2017 in Berlin. 

Read more about this exciting project here.


Read the Interview between Myee Clohessy and Nicholas Vines about 'The Law Of The Tongue' here.


Read the latest article about Acacia in the Fine Music Magazine, May 2016 - What's in a name? How the two 'Smiths' joined Acacia - here.


Acacia is looking forward to travelling to Vancouver in June to perform Lyle Chan's An AIDS Activit's Memoir In Music at the Vancouver Queers Arts Festival on 24 June, 2016. The Queer Arts Festival is exploring emotion in activism this year - find more details here.


Acacia Quartet is incredibly proud to be joined by Dutch violist and member of the Orpheus Quartet, Emile Cantor in a concert series in March and April 2016. The program of viola quintets will feature a word premiere by Lyle Chan, alongside Vaughan Williams 'Phantasy' Quintet and Mozart's Quintet K515.

Please find details here.


Acacia Quartet is proud to announce that we commissioned two string quartets by composers Sally Whitwell and Joe Twist, to be performed in our upcoming 'Behind The Screen' program in November 2016. We can't wait to perform the new works!


Read the latest Limelight Magazine review of Joe Twist's Dancing With Somebody here.


Acacia Quartet is incredibly grateful to Mrs Jan Northam for her kind bid (at our fundraiser 2015) to give a concert for cancer patients at the Chris O'Brien Lifehouse! This is an independent cancer treatment and research hospital for public and private patients, located alongside Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the University of Sydney in Camperdown, NSW. What a special gift! We look forward to organising this with you.


Acacia Quartet is delighted to announce to be the recipient of the prestigious program offered by the station – the Artist-in-Residence:

Fine Music 102.5 Artist-in-Residence 2016 has been announced with the talented string quartet Acacia Quartet continuing their relationship with the station for the second year.

Acacia Quartet will have the use of studios for recording, sound engineers, rehearsal facilities, and promotional support. 

The winners’ announcements were made at the Fine Music 102.5 Patrons’ Thank-you Reception on Thursday 24 September by station Patron Professor Dame Marie Bashir. The Honorable Gladys Berejiklian, NSW Treasurer and Fine Music donors and board members were in attendance.


Acacia is extremely grateful for the generous wine sponsorship of Fourth Wave Wine in 2015, which allows us to provide drinks at each of our 'Acacia Presents...' concerts, including our upcoming 5th birthday 'Five Chapters' performances!

Please visit Four Wave Wine's website here or find them on Facebook here.


In honour of Acacia Quartet's 5th birthday, Acacia’s own violinist, Lisa Stewart, has created a stunning mixed media portrait of Australia's esteemed composer, Elena Kats-Chernin, who is also Patron of Acacia Quartet - the portrait is called 'Layers of Elena'. 

Lisa, who is also an established, published illustrator, has used strands of Elena’s original manuscripts in this unique, one-off artwork. Presented at Acacia's 'Five Chapters' concert on Thursday 28 May at 7:30pm at Australian Hall, 150 Elizabeth St, Sydney - where Elena's eponymous composition will be premiered by Acacia with guest pianist, Tamara-Anna Cislowska - bids are also accepted by phone until 27 May, and on paper on the night. Full proceeds will go towards funding the Quartet’s 2016 ‘ACACIA Presents....’ concert series in Sydney and the Southern Highlands. 


This February Acacia Quartet had the pleasure of joining pianist and composer Sally Whitwell in the recording studio to record her wonderful Winter Love for ABC Classics. Winter Love is part of Sally's upcoming new album I Was Flying, featuring Sally's own compositions. The album will be released on ABC Classicsvery soon. Find the video here.


Acacia Quartet will be Ensemble In Residence at the 2015 Bowral Autumn Music Festival, 27 - 29 March. Read about all the exciting programs here.


Read the latest Limelight Magazine review of Lyle Chan's An AIDS Activist's Memoir In Music here.


Read a media release about Acacia Quartet's recording and performances of Lyle Chan's An AIDS Activist's Memoir In Music here.

 

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