Geist String Quartet
Violins - Sonia Wilson, Meg Cohen
Viola - Hayasa Tanaka
Violoncello - James Larsen
Formed in 2015, the Geist String Quartet has quickly established itself as one of Sydney’s preeminent young ensembles. Following festival performances at Frenswegen (Germany), Orford (Canada), Turin and Verona (Italy), and Bangalow (Australia), the Geist Quartet has received praise for their interpretations of Mozart, Beethoven, and 20th century works.
As recipients of the Westheimer String Quartet Fellowship, Ernest V. Llewellyn Memorial Fund Award, and Mary Vallentine Prize, the quartet has been able to travel to ensemble development programmes across Germany, the U.S.A, Canada, and Australia. Through these programmes, the Geist Quartet has worked with artists and mentors including Eberhard Feltz, Sara Bitlloch, Monica Curro, Oliver Willie, William Coleman, and the Kuss, St Lawrence, London Haydn, and Elias quartets.
The quartet has presented concerts in Sydney, Melbourne, and across regional New South Wales. A tour throughout central western NSW with David Miller OAM allowed the quartet to perform in a number of towns and cities as well as work with children in regional schools.
In 2018 the Geist Quartet will travel to France to participate in the ProQuartet programme directed by Oliver Willie, as well as presenting concerts in Sydney and the Southern Highlands.