World premiere to open festival
THE Australian Festival of Chamber Music kicks off tonight with the world premiere of a string quartet by the festival’s composer- in- residence Matthew Hindson.
The piece will feature at the opening night concert Beginnings at Townsville Civic Theatre at 7.30pm.
The nine- day festival features 30 concerts and special events with the world’s finest chamber musicians performing in various combinations.
This year’s festival is special as it marks the final offering from artistic director, London- based Australian pianist Piers Lane, who has been at the helm since 2007.
For the festival’s opener Deputy Dean of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and this year’s composer- in- residence Matthew Hindson has composed String Quartet No. 5 which will be performed by the Goldner String Quartet.
Hindson said it had been a “dream assignment” writing for a quartet like Goldner as no matter what he wrote or how tricky it was to play, it would be brilliantly executed.
Hindson’s piece sounds intriguing, complex, yet inviting.
“There’s a tuneful little riff I hope will get stuck in people’s heads. The riff sometimes hides in the texture and sometimes sings out front. Some of it is bluegrassy with driving rhythm and showy string writing. My faster music flirts with techno,’’ he said.
For Hindson, music is not about a composer demonstrating how clever he or she is. It’s about what they want to say and making a difference.
“This festival has given me a tremendous opportunity to say something new. I’m thrilled my String Quartet is to be given a world premiere in Townsville,” he said.
Hindson’s track record as a national and internationally feted composer is impressive.
He’s worked for many of Australia’s flagship organisations such as The Sydney and Queensland Symphony Orchestras and festivals including the award- winning Aurora which he initiated.
Globally, Hindson’s music has graced European, Asian, the United States and Canadian concert platforms. Some of the world’s best dance companies, including the San Francisco Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet, have choreographed ballets to his music.
For tickets and festival program details visit afcm. com. au.