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Esmé Quartet

Submitted by Paulius Gutauskas on Mon, 11/27/2023 - 14:19
Esmé Quartet
Friday 10th May - 7:00 PM
Llewellyn Hall
Presented by
Musica Viva

Eloquent. Spellbinding. Monumental. Exquisite. How else can we describe the Esmé Quartet? This young German-based, South Korean ensemble launched their international career by winning first prize at the 2018 International String Quartet Prize at London’s Wigmore Hall. They then embarked on a whirlwind year of concerts in North America, Hong Kong and Japan.

For their Australian debut they play works which are the epitome of youth: an early work of Webern overflows with romantic invention, while Mendelssohn’s second String Quartet blazes with the heart-on-sleeve emotion of a teenage genius; and young Australian composer Jack Frerer’s Spiral Sequences is an exhilarating roller-coaster ride. Add to this Claude Debussy's only string quartet, brimming with rhythmic and harmonic invention.

Esmé comes from the medieval French word for ‘beloved’. Be among the first to discover why everyone loves Esmé.

‘***** The lyricism and airy limpidity of the four performers give these movements a profundity and unexpected allure.’
— Diapasson, France

YUNA HA violin

WEBERN Langsamer Satz (‘Slow Movement’)
MENDELSSOHN String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13
Jack FRERER Spiral Sequences
DEBUSSY String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10

Acknowledgment of Country

The Australian National University acknowledges, celebrates and pays our respects to the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people of the Canberra region and to all First Nations Australians on whose traditional lands we meet and work, and whose cultures are among the oldest continuing cultures in human history.