Pacifica Quartet

Musica Viva

Pacifica Quartet

…Nothing short of phenomenal” The Telegraph, UK

Exhilarating, exuberant, virtuosic: the Pacifica Quartet has won hearts around the world for its passionate performances. Treading that miraculous line between naked emotion and scrupulous musicianship, a concert with the Pacificas becomes an engrossing sensory experience for the audience.

Such intensity throws a brilliant light onto the pure, architectural beauty of a cherished Haydn quartet. Mendelssohn’s magnificent first string quartet shows its teenage composer’s obsession with Beethoven – whose final quartet is the centrepiece of Program Two. The heart-on-sleeve, melodic riches of these two early Romantic geniuses are natural territory for these performers.

Although it’s only a little over a decade old, the second quartet by master Australian composer Nigel Westlake fits perfectly in this context, offering players and listeners an enticing palette of lyricism and rhythm.

Shostakovich holds a special place in the life of the Pacifica Quartet. Their recordings of all of his quartet works have few rivals; and their visionary performances of his complete quartet cycle in London's Wigmore Hall were unanimously hailed as outstanding. Shostakovich’s Quartet No.3 reflects the dark days of the USSR, veering between tragedy and satire in music that leaves no listener unmoved.


Haydn String Quartet in G major, Op.76 No.1
Westlake String Quartet No.2*
Mendelssohn String Quartet in A minor, Op.13


Westlake String Quartet No.2*
Beethoven String Quartet No.16, Op.135
Shostakovich String Quartet No.3, Op.73

*Commissioned for Musica Viva Australia by the late Kenneth W Tribe


Simin Ganatra violin
Sibbi Bernhardsson violin
Masumi Per Rostad viola
Brandon Vamos cello

Ticket Info


Standard $105
Concession $91
City Recital Hall Member $94.50
Group (10+) $94.50
Under 30 $30


Standard $74
Concession $64
City Recital Hall Member $66.60
Group (10+) $66.60
Under 30 $30


Standard $50
Concession $44
City Recital Hall Member $45
Group (10+) $45
Under 30 $30

A booking fee per transaction applies for this event as follows: Internet $6, Phone $8.
There is no booking fee for tickets purchased in person at the City Recital Hall Box Office.

Details are accurate at time of publication

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