Partridge String Quartet
William Huxtable, Mana Ohashi, Eunise Cheng & Daniel Smith
The Partridge String Quartet is an emerging ensemble that has recieved national recognition through its sucess as recipients of the Musica Viva Chamber Music Prize (2017) and were the winners of the Australian National Academy of Music Chamber Music Competition (2018) and Queensland International Chamber Music Competition (2019).
Comprised of founding members William Huxtable (violin), Mana Ohashi (violin), Eunise Cheng (viola) and Daniel Smith (cello), the quartet is based in Melbourne and has performed around Australia at performance venues including the Melbourne Recital Centre, Queensland Conservatorium Theatre, ANAM, Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Malthouse Theatre. Dedicated to continually exploring and developing, the quartet has been mentored by a wide range of leading musicians including ANAM faculty, members from the Australian String Quartet, Dover Quartet, Borodin String Quartet, Alban Berg Quartet, Trio Dali, Belcea Quartet, Parker Quartet, JACK Quartet and Eybler Quartet.
Highlights for the quartet recently include performing as part of Ensemble Q’s ‘Champions’ Concert in Brisbane and invitation to perform alongside Australian clarinettist Paul Dean at the 10th Anniversary Gala Melbourne Recital Centre Concert broadcasted live on ABC Classic Radio. They have conducted interviews, performed live at the 3MBS Fine Music studios and ABC Classic where they were interviewed by Ed Ayres and featured in the Cutcommon and Music Makers Magazine.
Advocates of Australian music, the ensemble was invited in 2017 to perform at the National Gallery of Victoria for the Australian Art and Music exhibition and in 2018, returned for the opening of their ‘Frontier Wars’ exhibition performing Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe’s String Quartet No. 14 at the Ian Potter Centre in Federation Square. During the quartet’s residency at the Banff Centre of Arts and Creativity as recipients of the Husky Energy Artist Award, the quartet performed a variety of works including Australian composer Paul Stanhope’s String Quartet No. 2. Their recording of the Stanhope has also been used in an animation created by Sylvie Le Couteur which was selected to be featured at the Australian International Animation Festival and Melbourne International Animation in 2019. Since then, the quartet has been involved in an exciting project of connecting Australian chamber music with audiences using motion capture technology. Through a collaboration with the quartet, Deakin University’s motion.lab, Australian composer Paul Stanhope and ANAM, they aim to create a new visual representation of classical music performance through animation.
In October, the quartet has been invited as artists for the 2019 Port Fairy Spring Music Festival where they will present a full cycle of Australian composer Richard Mills’ four string quartets and world-premiering his fifth string quartet at the festival. As prize winners of the ANAM Chamber Competition (2018), they will also be hosting a concert at the Melbourne Recital Centre Primrose Potter Salon performing Ravel’s String Quartet.