2022 Edition

- August 7 to 20

Affinity

Australia
Year(s) at MISQA
Quartet members

Violin: Josephine Chung

Violin: Nicholas Waters

Viola: Ruby Shirres

Cello: Mee Na Lojewski

Biography

Winner of the 3rd Prize at the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, the Affinity Quartet was formed in 2015 and has emerged on the classical music scene as “one of the most exciting ensembles to make their mark” (Classic Melbourne).

Affinity Quartet’s touring 2016-22 has included acclaimed performances at the Amsterdam String Quartet Biennale, Festival Les Voix Intimes Belgium, Fondazione Cini Venice, Mirabell Palace Salzburg; and in the UK at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Southbank Centre, City Music Society, and Prussia Cove International Musicians Seminar.

The Affinity Quartet was also invited as string quartet in residence at the 2021 Australian Festival of Chamber Music.

Quartet training has included IMS Prussia Cove, the Young Talents Residency of Amsterdam String Quartet Biennale, private tuition with members of Belcea, Brodsky, Doric, and Kuss Quartets as well as with professors Heime Müller, Oliver Wille, Wilma Smith, Sophie Rowell and Dr Robin Wilson. The Australian National Academy of Music has also been formative for Affinity Quartet who has won ANAM’s 2015 Chamber Music Competition.

Affinity champions works by Australian and contemporary composers as well as works from the classical canon. In 2022 Affinity Quartet performed in Melbourne Recital Centre’s Local Heroes series.