Chinese music students double the happiness with ASQ

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

A quartet of students from China's most prestigious music school will share the stage with the Australian String Quartet (ASQ) in a special public concert event at Elder Hall, University of Adelaide, this Saturday 26 August.

The concert is Double Happiness, which is part of a two-week intensive collaboration in Adelaide between Beijing's Central Conservatory of Music, the Elder Conservatorium of Music at the University of Adelaide, and the ASQ.

The ASQ is Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Adelaide's Elder Conservatorium of Music. The Quartet members are Dale Barltrop (violin), Francesca Hiew (violin), Stephen King (viola) and Sharon Grigoryan (cello).

"This collaboration is a real coup for Adelaide and South Australia," says Stephen Whittington from the Elder Conservatorium of Music.

"The renowned Central Conservatory of Music has produced some of the stars of today’s classical musical world. They have sent four of their most gifted string students to work side-by-side with the ASQ and our staff and students at the Elder Conservatorium, to hone their ensemble skills.

"Ye Lin (1st violin), Zhang Haoya (2nd violin), Li Mengzhen (viola), and Qiu Shuhao (cello), who are completing postgraduate study at the Central Conservatory, are all fine individual players who are committed to making a career as a classical string quartet. As the best chamber music players that the Central Conservatory has to offer, they represent the future of this musical art form in China," Mr Whittington says.

WHAT: Double Happiness concert – ASQ and students from the Central Conservatory of Music, featuring string quartet and octet works by Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Bartok, Schubert, and Ross Edwards
WHERE: Elder Hall, North Terrace campus, University of Adelaide
WHEN: 3.30–4.45pm Saturday 26 August 2017
COST: $25 general admission; free for students with a student card

For over 30 years, the Australian String Quartet (ASQ) has created unforgettable chamber music experiences for national and international audiences. From its home base at the University of Adelaide, Elder Conservatorium of Music, the ASQ reaches out across Australia and the world to engage people with an outstanding program of performances, workshops, commissions and education projects. In recent years the ASQ has appeared at international music festivals and toured extensively throughout the United Kingdom, Europe, New Zealand and Asia.


Contact Details

Stephen Whittington
Head, Sonic Arts
Elder Conservatorium of Music
The University of Adelaide
Business: +61 8 8313 3689

Angelina Zucco
Chief Executive
Australian String Quartet (ASQ)
Mobile: 0402 642 121

Mr David Ellis
Deputy Director, Media and Corporate Relations
External Relations
The University of Adelaide
Business: +61 8 8313 5414
Mobile: +61 (0)421 612 762