The Geist Quartet
Formed in 2015, The Geist Quartet is comprised of violinists Sonia Wilson and Meg Cohen, violist Hayasa Tanaka, and cellist James Larsen. All members of the quartet met while postgraduate students of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
2017 will see the Geist Quartet work with the Elias Quartet, St Lawrence Quartet, and the Kuss Quartet while participating in chamber music courses in North America and Australia.
In 2016 the Geist Quartet was awarded the prestigious Westheimer String Quartet Fellowship as well as being selected to participate in the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s Estivo Festival in Italy followed by a performance with Umberto Clerici at the Fondazione Merz in Turin. They also participated in the Australian Youth Orchestra’s Chamber Players program in Hobart, and performed in a standalone concert at the Melbourne MPavillion. During 2015 the quartet attended the Advanced Masterclasses at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music Winterschool and performed with the Southern Cross Soloists as the Fellowship Quartet at the Bangalow Music Festival, also collaborating with artists such as Tania Frazer, William Barton, Karin Schaupp, Alexandra Flood and Alex Raineri.
The ensemble has presented concerts in Sydney 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. The Geist Quartet are active participants in quartet development programs throughout Australia including the AYO Chamber Players and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music Winter School. It is through programs such as these that the quartet has been fortunate enough to work with artists and teachers such as Eberhard Feltz, Wayne Foster-Smith, Alexey Sokolov, William Coleman, Meesun Hong Coleman, Hartmut Rohde, Monica Curro, Goetz Richter, Umberto Clerici, Andrew Haveron, Jack Liebeck, Hartmut Rohde, David Harding, Ike See, Julian Smiles, and the London Haydn Quartet.