Chamber music’s bright young things will go their separate ways in 2015.
The four players of the Australian String Quartet are to go their separate ways in 2015, the result of “irreconcilable artistic differences”. Australian chamber music’s brightest young things, violinists Kristian Winther and Ioana Tache will be departing the group at the end of the current season leaving the ASQ to scramble for replacements ahead of its 30th anniversary year.
Paul Clitheroe, the ASQ’s Chairman broke the news that “the current line-up will not continue beyond 2014. After careful consideration, the Board of the ASQ has appointed violist Stephen King and cellist Sharon Draper to lead the Quartet into the future,” he said.
“Of course I would have liked to have stayed but a decision’s been made,” Winther, the group’s leader, told News Limited, declining to comment on the nature of the differences. “Everyone is disappointed in the situation at the end of the day,” he said.
Draper and Tache only joined the historically unstable group this year after violinist Anne Horton and cellist Rachel Johnston chose to depart 14 months after Winther and King joined the line up. Shortly after Ioana Tache became a member of the ASQ, she...