STRING QUARTET#1: "SFIDARE"

Year: 2018 (rev. 2019)
Duration: Approx. 9’00” (revised 11’00”)
Instrumentation: String Quartet or String Orchestra
Commissioned for the 2018 Zodiac Music Festival, France.

PERFORMANCES

*WORLD PREMIERE: July, 2018 by the Zodiac Festival String Quartet at the 2018 Zodiac Festival Valdeblore, Nice, France.

*German Premiere: March, 2019 by the Dalverny String Quartet of the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, Nuremberg, Germany.

*Australian Premiere (Private): December,2019 by the St George’s College String Quartet, St George’s College, Perth, Western Australia, Australia.

AWARDS

2019
Runner up/Honourable Mention for New York Composer’s Circle Composition Competition.

2018
Winner of Zodiac Festival Composition Award for Most Outstanding New Work.

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PROGRAM NOTES

“Sfidare” is Italian for “Defy” and Romanian for “Defiance”. It’s interesting how art, whether deliberately or not, can echo undercurrents in the artist’s life during the time of its creation. At its premiere, the work bore only the name “String Quartet No.1.” It was only after I wrote this piece that I realised it was a statement of empathy and hope for individuals whom I knew to be enduring hardship, yet continued nonetheless. This work is titled as a tribute to any who must defy to declare their place.

WORLD PREMIERE

The commissioning and world premiere was made possible by a campaign generously supported by a group of co-commissioners.

Located here are the campaign video, concert program of the premiere and a debrief video for supporters of the project.

ORIGINAL GOFUNDME CAMPAIGN
ZODIAC FESTIVAL

ST GEORGE'S
QUARTET

It was a great pleasure to work with the Perth-based St George’s College String Quartet in December of 2019 for the private Australian Premiere of String Quartet #1.

Recording coming soon.

ST GEORGE'S STRING QUARTET