· Doric String Quartet will perform for the first time at this year’s Edinburgh International Festival
· The Quartet will give the European premiere of a new work by Australian composer Brett Dean co-commissioned by Edinburgh International Festival, Carnegie Hall, Musica Viva Australia, Berlin Konzerthaus, Amsterdam String Quartet Biennale and West Cork Chamber Music Festival
· Composer Brett Dean will also perform with the Quartet in Brahms’s String Quintet No. 2
· Doric String Quartet will also be giving the world premiere of the Dean Quartet in Perth, Australia on 9 June 2019 followed by an Australian tour of the work
On Tuesday 20 August 2019, the Doric String Quartet will give their debut performance at the Edinburgh International Festival.
The concert will take place at 11am at Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh and will feature the European premiere of Brett Dean’s String Quartet No. 3, which has been co-commissioned by Edinburgh International Festival, Carnegie Hall, Musica Viva Australia, Berlin Konzerthaus, Amsterdam String Quartet Biennale and West Cork Chamber Music Festival.
The concert will also see the Quartet perform Haydn’s String Quartet Op 33/2 and Brahms’s String Quintet No. 2, in which composer and violist Brett Dean will also perform. The concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
Brett Dean’s String Quartet No. 3 will be given its world premiere by the Doric Quartet in Perth, Australia on 9 June 2019 before touring the work with the composer to Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Newcastle, Hobart and Brisbane.
John Myerscough, Cellist for Doric String Quartet said: ‘We are utterly thrilled to embark on this relationship with Brett Dean to premiere his third string quartet. We have a very close relationship to Brett as a composer, musician and friend having known and worked with him for the best part of a decade. We have spent a large amount of time in our career performing and working on Brett's previous works for string quartet, which we have also recorded for Chandos Records. We feel we have a great affinity with his musical language, so it is hugely exciting to continue this with this new work. We are also flattered by the remarkable list of co-commissioners and are delighted to have the opportunity to share this music with a worldwide audience. Our appearance at the 2019 Edinburgh International Festival will be another hugely important milestone for the Quartet, rounding off a wonderful season which has seen us leading the Britten Weekend in Aldeburgh after recording his complete quartets for Chandos with the composer's own viola, several performances at Wigmore Hall and concerts all across the globe.’