Orava Quartet and Greta Bradman (Soprano)
8.00pm Friday 25 October
Falls Pavilion Evandale
Orava Quartet (strings)
Greta Bradman (soprano)
Beethoven String Quartet No.11 Op.95 in F minor
Respighi Il Tramonto with Greta Bradman
Rachmaninov arr. Mills Vocalise with Greta Bradman
Schubert String Quartet in D minor “Death and the Maiden”
The Orava Quartet has been hailed by Limelight magazine as “the most exciting young quartet on the block” and predicted by The Australian to become “one of Australia’s proudest cultural exports.” Earning a reputation and devoted following for their genuinely thrilling performances, the Quartet – brothers Daniel and Karol Kowalik (violin and cello), violinist David Dalseno and violist Thomas Chawner – bring their unique sound and breathtaking intensity to the classics of the string quartet canon.
Selected by Deutsche Grammophon for its historic, first Australian recording release in 2018, received with widespread critical acclaim, Orava Quartet has perf+ormed throughout North America, the UAE, and Asia, working closely with the world-renowned Takács Quartet in the USA and winning top prizes at the 2013 Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition.
Brisbane-based, Orava Quartet performs at venues and festivals including Sydney Opera House’ Utzon Music Series, VIVID Sydney with Sufjan Stevens, New Zealand and Melbourne Festivals, Melbourne Recital Centre, Musica Viva, Canberra and Queensland Music Festivals. Praise for their live performances includes “gut-wrenching” (ArtsHub), “masterful” (Dominion Post) and “a beauty” (SMH). 2019 concerts include at City Recital Hall Angel Place (Sydney), UKARIA Cultural Centre (Adelaide), Melbourne Recital Centre and a tour to Canada.
Greta Bradman (Soprano)
“As Mimi, Greta Bradman shines in her first outing for Opera Australia… her finely spun soprano blooms and expands… a luminescence to her voice.”
Angus McPherson, Limelight Magazine, 25/2/17
Stunning soprano Greta Bradman is one of Australasia’s most celebrated operatic and concert artists. Her 2015 début album for Decca Classics My Hero (c. Richard Bonynge; English Chamber Orchestra) received five-star reviews and topped the classical and classical crossover ARIA charts for several months. Her new album Home (c. Luke Dollman; Adelaide Symphony Orchestra) was released in 2018 with similar ARIA charts success.
Recent performance highlights include Mimi (La bohème) for Opera Australia, Lisa (La sonnambula) for Victorian Opera and the title roles in Theodora (Canberra) and Rodelinda (Melbourne).
Greta has sung extensively in the United Kingdom, United States, Europe and throughout the Asia Pacific. A regular soloist with all the state symphony orchestras, her collaborators have included Zubin Mehta, Richard Bonynge, Matthias Foremny, Richard Tognetti, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Benjamin Northey, Rosario La Spina, Aled Jones, Russell Watson and Il Divo.
She has performed for world leaders from the UK, USA, China, India, Monaco and Australia; highlights include singing for Barack Obama, and a 2014 recital in St James’s Palace for the British Royal Family. Winner of the 2013–14 Australian International Opera Award and the APRA/AMCOS Award in 2013, Greta is a Helpmann Award nominee and was Limelight Magazine’s 2010 Newcomer of the Year and their 2015 Australian Artist of the Year.
Holder of a Masters Degree in Psychology, Greta sits on the advisory boards of the Australian Mental Health Prize and the Arts Wellbeing Collective; she is patron of St. Matthew’s Music Foundation, an Ambassador of Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide and is on faculty at Alain de Botton’s The School of Life. She is an outstanding supporter of Australian composers, and has had works written for her by Peter Sculthorpe, Betty Beath, Ross Edwards, Katy Abbott, Paul Stanhope, Quentin Grant, Calvin Bowman, Tom Henry, Carl Crossin and many others. Greta is also a regular presenter on ABC Classic-FM.
After obtaining her music degree from the Elder Conservatorium of Music, Greta received her Fellowship from the Australian National Academy of Music before completing a Graduate Diploma in Advanced Vocal Studies at the Wales International Academy of Voice – where she studied under Dennis O’Neill CBE and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.