Founded in 2010 by violinists Lisa Stewart and Myee Clohessy, violist Stefan Duwe and cellist Anna Martin-Scrase, the Acacia Quartet has quickly won great respect for their versatile and inventive programs which often couple established repertoire with the unorthodox.
Acacia is well known to the Bellingen Fine Music Festival audience, as they have been part of the last three Festivals. This year they will again record Bellingen High school HSC student compositions in Sydney and perform these works again in the ‘Youth and Exuberance’ concert on Friday night as well as join the Bellingen Youth Orchestra in performance for some works in this concert.
The quartet is active and daring; last year they toured interstate with guest member violist Emil Cantor, Stefan’s past teacher in Germany to collaborate in ‘two viola’ quintets, playing Mozart (K515), the seldom-heard Phantasy Quintet by Vaugh Williams and a new composition by Lyle Chan.
This year after performing at the Bowral Music Festival from March 26 – 28 and at Sydney Opera House’s Utzon Room, Acacia will travel to Europe for masterclasses and concerts in Berlin and they have been invited by the Raphael Foundation to record four of the six string quartets by Günther Raphael (1903 – 1960.
The Acacia quartet will also conduct two Festival workshops: one for primary school students and a special one with the string section of the Bellingen Youth Orchestra. Whether you play yourself or not, this is a rare opportunity for students and adults to observe how string players prepare for performance. It certainly will enhance your concert experience.