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Goldner String Quartet

  • goldner-quartet.jpgDene Olding  (violin)
  • Dimity Hall (violin)
  • Irina Morozova (viola)
  • Julian Smiles (cello)

“One only had to hear the opening bars to realise this is a very fine quartet indeed.” 


The Goldner String Quartet has widespread and long-standing recognition for excellence, as not only Australia’s pre-eminent string quartet, but as an ensemble of international significance, favourably compared with the best in the world. Launched for the 1995 season, and still retaining all four founding members, the players are all well known to Australian and international audiences through solo performances, recordings and their concurrent membership of the Australia Ensemble @UNSW. All members have occupied principal positions in organisations such as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Australian Chamber Orchestra.

In 1997 the Goldner String Quartet made its debut at the Wigmore Hall in London.  Unanimous audience and critical acclaim has ensured the Quartet’s regular return invitations to London and major festivals in the UK, Europe and the Asia Pacific region.  The Quartet made its American debut in 2001 with concerts at the prestigious 92nd St Y in New York, and in Washington DC.  They have also performed in Korea, Singapore and Brunei and have undertaken several extensive tours of New Zealand.

The Quartet regularly appears at leading music festivals around Australia, in addition to national tours for Musica Viva and the Huntington Estate Music Festival. In 2011 they celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the Music in the Hunter Festival, where they appear annually. They have been a mainstay of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville since 1993. In 2000, the Quartet performed a major retrospective of 20th-century string quartets at the Adelaide Festival and in 2004 performed its first complete Beethoven Cycle in Sydney for Musica Viva. The Quartet’s appearances in the 2011 City of London Festival received unanimous praise from UK critics, and were broadcast on the BBC. 

The Quartet regularly performs new works commissioned for them from Australia’s leading composers. They also have a strong commitment to nurturing the next generation of string quartets through masterclasses, mentoring and an ongoing association with the Australian Youth Orchestra’s Chamber Music program. 

The Goldner String Quartet has recorded many albums. It’s complete Beethoven String Quartet Cycle, released on ABC Classics won the 2009 Limelight Award for Best Classical Recording. For Hyperion, they have released recordings with pianist Piers Lane, receiving recognition including Editor’s Choice in Gramophone Magazine, BBC Music Magazine and were finalists for the BBC Music Magazine’s Chamber Music Award in 2009. The complete quartets of Carl Vine have recently been released by the Quartet on ABC Classics.