Aurelia Quartet is a newly formed string quartet comprising Laura Freier and Natasha Hanna (violin), Beth Condon (viola) and Eliza Sdraulig (‘cello). The four met at the beginning of 2017 at ANAM (Australian National Academy of Music) where they are all students. Despite being freshly formed, they are all excited to explore and share in the musical treasure chest that is the string quartet.
The members of Aurelia have participated in numerous chamber music ensembles and festivals and have had extensive orchestral experiences both in Australia and abroad.
Beth Condon commenced chamber music at a young age. As a university student, Beth played in the Erato string quartet and has since participated in several AYO Chamber Players Programs. Beth has performed solo and chamber music in masterclasses for Lawrence Power, Hartmut Lindemann, Guy Ben-Ziony, Nicholas Altstaedt and Mischa Maisky. More recently Beth has been performing with the MSO and participated in a side-by-side program with the ACO playing Brahms sextet no. 2.
Eliza Sdraulig was a member of the Elgin String Quartet, which was selected to perform as Emerging Artists at the 2014 Mimir Chamber Music Festival in Fort Worth, Texas. A keen chamber musician, she has also performed in numerous piano trio concerts at the Melbourne Recital Centre and in 2015 was involved in the Musica Viva Festival as part of an AYO Chamber Players Program, tutored by the Doric String Quartet. Eliza performs casually with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Laura Freier hails from Bavaria, Southern Germany where she studied violin at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar. Laura was member of the German Fidelis string quartet for four years and was tutored by Beate Hartmann, who was a member of famous Klenke string quartet. Since 2015, Laura has been a member of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and performs casually in the Staatskapelle des Deutschen Nationaltheaters Weimar.
Natasha Hanna is Melbourne violinist whom, prior to ANAM, studied with Wilma Smith and William Hennessy. Natasha plays casually with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras. In 2016, she performed the Mendelssohn Octet with the Australian Octet as a part of the Mendelssohn marathon.