Moods & Memories
Sunday 25 August, 5pm
This concert features three magnificent works from three of the Greats, Mozart, Bartok and Beethoven. The genius of Mozart, the atmosphere of Bartok and the drama of Beethoven will make for an riveting Live@Five session. In particular, Bartok’s String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 17 evokes the moody atmosphere of the time it was composed, during World War I. We are extremely privileged to welcome this young and dynamic ensemble.
All the way from Berlin, the Lazarus String Quartet was founded by New Zealander Alice Gott. Along with Japanese/American Mayumi Kanagawa, Jos Jonker from The Netherlands, and violist Albin Uusijärvi from Sweden, the ensemble has roots from around the globe. This diversity puts them at the forefront of exciting young musicians emerging on the Berlin classical music scene.
Founded in 2007 by graduates of the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, the group has evolved through great success on the international stage. Venues including St-Martin-In-The-Fields London, Salle Gaveau Paris and music festivals such as the Edinburgh Fringe and the Heidelberger Frühling have hosted the quartet’s performances since 2010.
After graduating with a Masters in Chamber Music with Prof. Oliver Wille in Hanover, the quartet is now based in the German capital city of Berlin. Lazarus has been praised for its virtuosic ease and unified sound with a devotion to performance, having audiences leave feeling inspired and animated.
Mentors such as Prof. Eberhard Feltz and members of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe have been crucial in the quartet’s development, as has the continual support of the Pettman Foundation since their founding in 2007. The quartet is a former prize-winner of NZ’s Royal Overseas League Arts/Pettman Scholarship, which has enabled the exposure of international opportunities since 2010.
Tickets: $25 ; $20 WMM Friends ; $10 Students/children