Geist String Quartet

We are excited to be joining mezzo-soprano Jenny Duck-Chong (artistic director of Halcyon) in giving the world premiere of The Art of Disappearing. The poignant new song cycle by Sydney composer, Cameron Lam, is inspired by the raw and profound poetry of Queensland writer Sarah Holland-Batt. You can find a preview recording below.

Please join us on the 1st of June at the Annandale Creative Arts Centre for the premiere performance and album launch.  

The Art of Disappearing

Cameron Lam

"The Moon that broke on the fence post will not hold,
Desire will not hold, memory will not hold"

The Art of Disappearing is a song cycle meditating on the nature of grief. Slowly transforming from stasis - where is everything is arresting and alien - grief doesn't leave. It becomes an important and empathetic part of us, as we learn to move again.

The fifth portrait album from Sydney composer, Cameron Lam, weaves together the timbre and expressive depth of mezzo soprano Jenny Duck-Chong (Halcyon) and the vibrant connection of the Geist String Quartet to paint a delicate response to the rhythmic and intensely musical poetry of Sarah Holland-Batt's first book, Aria.
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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 Wille, 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 Wille, as well as presenting concerts in Sydney and the Southern Highlands.