Orava Quartet

August 18, 2019 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Ukaria Cultural Centre

‘…their jaw-dropping take on Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in F minor, Op.80 [Requiem for Fanny], had audience members four times their age hooting and hollering at what is, in terms of the future of Australian chamber music, the real deal.’

– Martin Buzacott, The Australian

Mentored by the Takács Quartet, Daniel Kowalik (violin), David Dalseno (violin), Thomas Chawner (viola) and Karol Kowalik (cello) became the first Australian string quartet invited to sign with Universal Music, releasing their debut album on Deutsche Grammophon Australia in February 2018.

In their first appearance at UKARIA, they begin with quartets by Haydn and Schulhoff. In the second half, they play Mendelssohn’s final F minor Quartet (a touching tribute to his sister Fanny) and conclude with Wojciech Kilar’s Orawa – the piece that gave this quartet its name.

Daniel Kowalik | violin
David Dalseno | violin
Thomas Chawner | viola
Karol Kowalik | cello


Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)

String Quartet in B minor, Op.33 No.1

I. Andante moderato
II. Scherzo
III. Andante
IV. Finale: Presto

Erwin Schulhoff (1894–1942)

Five Pieces for String Quartet

I. Viennese Waltz
II. Serenade
III. Czech folk song
IV. Tango
V. Tarantella


Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847)

String Quartet No.6 in F minor, Op.80 Requiem for Fanny

I. Allegro vivace assai
II. Allegro assai
III. Adagio
IV. Finale: Allegro molto

Wojciech Kilar (1932–2013)

Orawa (arr. Krzysztof Urbański)

Photo: Dylan Evans