Biographie Melbourne Quartet


The Melbourne Quartet
comprises four eminent Australian musicians with long collective association, especially through the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and the Australian String Quartet.

William Hennessy AM, violin, was founder and leader of the Australian String Quartet (1985–96), has made over 300 concerto appearances, and has served as artistic director of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra since 2006.

Markiyan Melnychenko, violin, has performed in 17 countries, and with orchestras in Australia, Japan, Ukraine and the US. In 2013 he performed at the luncheon for Barack Obama’s Presidential Inauguration. He is principal first violin with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra.

Keith Crellin OAM was founding violist of the Australian String Quartet (1985–2001) and associate professor at The University of Adelaide (2001–15). He has been artistic director of the Adelaide Youth Orchestra since 2003 and has long played a major role in Australian musical life as performer, teacher, conductor and mentor.

Michael Dahlenburg, cello, has appeared in many countries as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, recording artist and teacher. He is a founding member of the Hamer Quartet and also has a significant conducting career. He regularly conducts the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and has conducted numerous other Australian orchestras.



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