Esme Quartet Shines in Inaugural Musica Viva Tour

Published May 15, 2024

The Esme Quartet, once labeled as a 'Korean classical girl band,' has evolved into a formidable force in the string quartet sphere. This transformation was evident in their recently concluded Musica Viva tour. The group, which began as an all-female, all-Korean ensemble, has now welcomed the Belgian-American violist Dimitri Murrath, adding to the cultural and gender diversity of the group.

Commitment to Musical Excellence

The quartet's commitment to musical excellence remains undiminished, despite the changes in its makeup. Audiences at the Melbourne Recital Centre were treated to a breathtaking performance that showcased the ensemble's dynamic energy, precise execution, and cohesive sound quality. The concert featured a versatile program including works by Anton Webern, Felix Mendelssohn, and Claude Debussy, as well as a composition by Australian-born, American-based Jack Frerer.

A Vibrant Future for Esme Quartet

From the poetic clarity of Mendelssohn's Intermezzo to the textural richness of Webern's Langsamer Satz and the rhythmic vitality of Debussy's String Quartet in G minor, the Esme Quartet displayed their stylistic versatility and interpretative depth. This versatility leaves the door open for future endeavors and a vibrant trajectory in the world of chamber music. The quartet's performance was a testament to their ability to breathe new life into both classical repertoire and contemporary compositions, offering promise for more impassioned performances in potential return visits.

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