Sunday 4 October 2020  |  2:30PM


Firmly established as one of the leading ensembles of its generation, the Doric String Quartet won the 2008 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan and second prize at the Premio Paolo Borciani International String Quartet Competition in Italy, and now appear in concert halls throughout Europe and the United States.

Touring Australia for Musica Viva in 2019, their program featuring Brett Dean’s Hidden Agendas was described as a ‘masterclass in ego-free virtuosity’, displaying a level of unity that was ‘nothing short of telepathic’. How special to have them return to Australia to perform the work at UKARIA, alongside quartets by Mozart and Mendelssohn.

Presented in association with Chamber Music New Zealand.

Alex Redington | Violin
Ying Xue | Violin
Hélène Clément | Viola
John Myerscough | Cello


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)

String Quartet in F, K. 590

I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante
III. Menuetto: Allegretto
IV. Allegro

Brett Dean (b.1961)
String Quartet No. 3 Hidden Agendas*

I. Hubris
II. Response
III. Retreat
IV. Self-censorship
V. ‘On-message’


Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847)

String Quartet in D, Op. 44 No. 1

I. Molto allegro vivace
II. Menuetto: Un poco Allegretto
III. Andante espressivo ma con moto
IV. Presto con brio

* Brett Dean’s Hidden Agendas was commissioned through Musica Viva Australia in celebration of the Melbourne Recital Centre’s tenth anniversary with support from Ulrike Klein AO, Edinburgh International Festival, Konzerthaus Berlin, Stichting Strijkkwartet Biënnale Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall, and West Cork Chamber Music Festival.

Photo: George Garnier
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