Le Dimore del Quartetto

AFFINITY QUARTET, AUSTRALIA

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Josephine Chung, violin
Nicholas Waters, violin
Ruby Shirres, viola
Mee Na Lojewsky, cello

Since forming in 2015, Australia’s Affinity Quartet has emerged on Melbourne’s classical music scene as ‘one of the most exciting ensembles to make their mark’ (Classic Melbourne).

Affinity Quartet’s touring 2016-20 has included acclaimed performances at Amsterdam String Quartet Biennale, Festival Les Voix Intimes Belgium, Fondazione Cini Venice, Mirabell Palace Salzburg; and in the UK at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Southbank Centre, City Music Society, and Prussia Cove International Musicians Seminar. Affinity Quartet was invited as string quartet in residence at the 2021 Australian Festival of Chamber Music.

Quartet training has included IMS (International Musician Seminar) Prussia Cove, the Young Talents Residency of Amsterdam String Quartet Biennale, private tuition with members of Belcea, Brodsky, Doric, and Kuss Quartets, Professors Heime Müller, Rainer Schmidt, Oliver Wille, and Dr Robin Wilson. The Australian National Academy of Music has been formative for Affinity Quartet; three are alumni, and one a current student. Affinity Quartet won ANAM’s 2015 Chamber Music Competition.

Affinity champions works by Australian and contemporary composers as well as works from the classical canon, including the complete string quartets of Janacek, Haas, Britten and Panufnik. In 2022 Affinity Quartet commissions new Australian work and performs in Melbourne Recital Centre’s Local Heroes series. Affinity Quartet has won the third prize at the  2022 Wigmore Hall International Chamber Music Competition, London.