Based in Melbourne, the Penny Quartet formed in early March 2014 at the Australian National Academy of Music. Making their public debut in a live national broadcast that same month, the group have since performed in high profile master classes with prominent artists such as the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Sitkovetsky Trio, as well as numerous concerts and festivals. Most recently, they have been nominated for the 2014 Freedman Fellowship award, are the proud recipients of the 2014 John and Rosemary Macleod Travelling Fellowship and winners of the 2014 ANAM Chamber Music Competition.
With diverse individual backgrounds and experiences across Australia, Europe, America and the UK, the group brings together their many years of knowledge and training to create a mature quartet sound. The Penny Quartet’s repertoire is wide and varied, spanning pre-Baroque to today’s best composers. A love for the core quartet repertoire is at the forefront of their programming, but is closely followed by an urge to explore less charted territory.
In March and April of 2015, the Penny Quartet came to Four Winds for a two-week residency. Their residency program included pop-up shows, workshops, visits to the local schools, and culminated in a recital at the Four Winds site.