Karin Schaupp & Flinders Quartet

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Karin Schaupp & Flinders Quartet

Music sparks emotion like nothing else; live music especially so. Here’s a concert with all the feelings: there’s loss, longing, love, and a bit of foot-stomping fandango flamboyance. Our guides into this other world are experts. The Flinders Quartet is renowned for unpretentious brilliance, with two decades of experience in old music and new. Classical guitar is a beautiful but famously difficult instrument to master, and most players sit very still in utmost concentration – which is why Karin Schaupp stands out. With incredible warmth and expressiveness, she welcomes us into her emotional world, and we leave enriched and heartened. Of special note in this program is a world premiere from composer and Musica Viva Australia’s previous Artistic Director Carl Vine, commissioned by a longstanding audience member to immortalise the joyous memory of her late daughter.

"... which highlighted the easy sense of cohesion and sensitivity between the five players who have worked together off and on for the best part of two decades"
— Limelight Magazine
"... soloists and quartet work together to create a layered effect full of chordal shifts, repeated themes and occasion discords."
— Limelight Magazine
"This concert celebrates the sound of the guitar and strings, both in works written for quartet and guitar, or in impressive arrangement."
— Sydney Arts Guide
"Schaupp lives up to her reputation as one of the world’s most accomplished classically trained guitarists"
— Sydney Morning Herald
"Flinders Quartet has a unique and refreshing ability to present an exceptional standard of classical music in a way that feels warm and human"
— Classic Melbourne

Program Guide

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Flinders Quartet


CARULLI Guitar Concerto in A Major, Op. 8
Richard CHARLTON Southern Cross Dreaming (2007)
CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO Guitar Quintet, Op. 143
Carl VINE Endless for Guitar and String Quartet (2021)*
Imogen HOLST Phantasy Quartet
BOCCHERINI Guitar Quintet in D Major, G. 448 (mvts III and IV)

In Adelaide, John Cage’s Dream will be performed in place of Richard Charlton’s Southern Cross Dreaming.

*World premiere performances. Commissioned for Musica Viva Australia in loving memory of Jennifer Bates.

Carl Vine

Carl Vine AO is one of Australia's best-known and often performed composers, with an impressive orchestral catalogue featuring eight symphonies and thirteen concertos. His piano music is performed frequently around the world and recordings of his music on more than 60 CDs play regularly on Australian radio. He has an extensive range of chamber music alongside various work for film, television, dance and theatre. Although primarily a composer of modern art music, he has undertaken such diverse tasks 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.

Amongst his most acclaimed scores are Piano Sonata (1990) and Poppy (1978) for the Sydney Dance Company and Choral Symphony (No 6, 1996) for the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. His first six symphonies are available on the ABC Classics double-CD set Carl Vine: The Complete Symphonies performed by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Much of his chamber music is available on three discs from Tall Poppies Records (TP013, TP120 and TP190).

From 2000 until 2019 Carl was Artistic Director of Musica Viva Australia. Within that role he was also Artistic Director of the Huntington Estate Music Festival from 2006, and of the Musica Viva Festival (Sydney) from 2008. Carl has been Senior Lecturer in Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music since 2014. His recent compositions include Zofomorphosis (concerto for piano four hands) for the Grant Park Festival in Chicago, Piano Sonata No 4 for Lindsay Garritson, The Enchanted Loom (Symphony No. 8) for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and Five Hallucinations (trombone concerto) for the Chicago and Sydney Symphony Orchestras. The Melbourne Symphony’s recording of Carl’s recent orchestral works, The Enchanted Loom, won the 2022 ARIA Award for Best Classical Album.

In 2014 Carl was appointed an Officer of The Order of Australia (AO) in the Queen's Birthday Honours List. For more information visit carlvine.com

With special thanks to Ensemble Patrons Ian & Caroline Frazer for their support of this tour.

Event and Ticketing Details

Dates & Times

Sydney   18 February 2pm
Sydney   20 February 7pm
Newcastle   22 February 7:30pm
Melbourne   25 February 7pm
Hobart   27 February 7:30pm
Melbourne   28 February 7pm
Canberra   2 March 7pm
Nowra   3 March 8pm
Brisbane   7 March 7pm
Adelaide   9 March 7:30pm


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