Once in a while a collaboration reaches the heart of why we make music. This concert honours such a collaboration, built on friendship and love.

Composer Carl Vine was for two decades Musica Viva Australia’s Artistic Director. In 2019 Paul Kildea assumed the mantle, and for this concert asked his predecessor to create a new work for a much-admired soloist and string quartet, commissioned by a longstanding subscriber wishing to immortalise the joyous memory of her late daughter.

Classical guitarist Karin Schaupp will premiere this celebration of life and music. Joining the award-winning soloist on stage is the renowned Flinders Quartet, which embarks on its first national tour since welcoming Wilma Smith as second violin.

The concert includes Imogen Holst’s moving Phantasy Quartet, Southern Cross Dreaming by Australia’s Richard Charlton, and deliciously contrasting works for guitar and strings from three very different Italians, ending with two movements from Boccherini’s fiery Fandango, a work they recorded in 2010 for ABC Classics.

This special program captures the spirit of works rarely heard but exceedingly inspired – all carrying the passion, artistry and friendship that characterise Musica Viva Australia’s concerts.

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Karin Schaupp & the Flinders Quartet will be live streamed on Monday 7 March at 7pm AEDT.

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Individual tickets for the live streamed concert are now available. Purchase your ticket online here.

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Flinders Quartet


CARULLI Guitar Concerto, Op. 8 (c. 1809)
CHARLTON Southern Cross Dreaming (2007)
CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO Quintet, Op. 143, for Guitar & String Quartet (1950)
VINE Endless for Guitar & String Quartet (2021)*
I HOLST Phantasy Quartet (1928)
BOCCHERINI Guitar Quintet No. 4: Grave and Fandango (1798)

*World premiere performances. Commissioned for Musica Viva Australia by Kathryn Bennett.

Adelaide: Presented in association with the Adelaide Festival.

Melbourne: Saturday 5 March is a Graeme Watson Tribute Concert.

Hobart: Presented by Musica Viva Tasmania

Cowra: Presented by the Cowra Civic Centre in association with Musica Viva Australia as part of its Regional Touring program.

Carl Vine AO

Carl Vine AO is one of Australia’s best-known and most often performed composers, with a catalogue now including eight symphonies, twelve concertos, music for film, television, dance and theatre, electronic music and numerous chamber works. Although primarily a composer of modern ‘classical’ music, he has undertaken tasks as diverse as arranging the Australian National Anthem and writing music for the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games (Atlanta, 1996).

Born in Perth, he studied piano with Stephen Dornan and composition with John Exton at the University of Western Australia. Moving to Sydney in 1975, he worked as a freelance pianist and composer with a wide range of ensembles, theatre and dance companies over the following decades.

From 2000 until 2019 Carl was Artistic Director of Musica Viva Australia. His recent compositions include Piano Sonata No 4, The Enchanted Loom (Symphony No. 8) for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Implacable Gifts, a concerto for two pianos for the West Australian and Tasmanian symphony orchestras, and Five Hallucinations, a trombone concerto for the Chicago and Sydney symphony orchestras.

Carl’s new work for guitar and string quartet, commissioned for Musica Viva Australia by Kathryn Bennett, will be will be premiered by Karin Schaupp and Flinders Quartet on their national tour.

Concert Champions: 

Monday 7 March, Sydney – Kathryn and Judith Bennett 
Thursday 10 March, Newcastle – Kathryn and Judith Bennett 
Tuesday 1 March, Melbourne – The Musica Viva Victorian Committee 
Saturday 5 March, Melbourne – Continuo Syndicate 
Tuesday 22 February, Canberra – Juliet Tootell 

"Schaupp lives up to her reputation as one of the world’s most accomplished classically trained guitarists. "
— Sydney Morning Herald
"[Flinders Quartet] had the audience sitting up in their seats paying close attention to the impeccable intonation, rhythmic unity and open communication of the four players."
— Classic Melbourne

Performance Details

Dates & Times

Canberra   24 February 7pm
Cowra   25 February 7:30pm
Hobart   28 February 7:30pm
Melbourne   1 March 7pm
Brisbane   3 March 7pm
Melbourne   5 March 7pm
Sydney   7 March 7pm
Adelaide   8 March 7:30pm
Newcastle   10 March 7:30pm
Sydney   12 March 2pm


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