Hello and welcome to the Hill Quartet's page! We are so excited to be working with SoundCrowd to raise money to help commission a new piece for string quartet, written by Misha Mullov-Abbado. This new commission will be premiered on Thursday 19th March 2020 at the Royal Academy of Music, alongside Suk's 'Meditation', and Ravel's jazz-influenced string quartet.
Who are the hill quartet?
The Hill Quartet is made up of Australian musicians Bridget O'Donnell and Julia Doukakis, and British musicians Kath Roberts and Ben Michaels. We met in 2018, during our first month of post-graduate study at the Royal Academy of Music, and bonded over a love of Mendelssohn and tasty rehearsal snacks! Since forming, we have been lucky enough to learn from a number of world class chamber musicians, such as John Myerscough, Jon Thorne, Levon Chilingirian, Hartmut Rohde, the Piatti Quartet, Martin Outram, and Juan-Miguel Hernandez. Over the last year together we've enjoyed a rich musical diet including Mendelssohn, Brahms, Suk, Haydn, and Webern. We have performed at venues including St Martin-in-the-fields and St James's Piccadilly, and chamber music festivals such as Hatfield House, Petworth, and St Marylebone Music Festival.
As a young quartet, we are keen to explore our unique set of interests to establish our own individual quartet identity. We are all passionate about contemporary music and have a deep respect for Misha's musicianship. Therefore, after meeting him and finding out that he hadn't yet written a work for string quartet, we jumped at the opportunity to commission him!
Misha is a remarkable composer with a track record of fusing the best of classical music with the world of jazz, effortlessly described in his recently completed cello concerto written for the BBC concert orchestra and cellist Matthew Barley. The opportunity to collaborate with and support a recent RAM alumnus in a cross-genre project is something we are very excited to start!
Over the course of the last year, we have dedicated a lot of time to deciding which pieces to invest preparation in as a foundation for our career as a quartet. Misha's piece forms part of several unique programmes we will offer as a group. Our choice of repertoire both highlights underperformed artists and attempts to support the advance of fine contemporary quartet music. We believe that carefully curating a set of repertoire that explores our collective identity will help to differentiate us as a young, developing quartet.
By donating towards this project, you would be supporting a jazz-classical collaboration between alumni and current students of the Academy, whilst investing in a truly original addition to the string quartet repertoire.
Where will the money go?
The money raised from this SoundCrowd project will contribute directly to the cost of this commission. If we are lucky enough to exceed our target, we will put any other money into future commissions and towards planning our potential tour to Australia in the summer of 2020.
In order for you to feel properly a part of the Hill Quartet family, we are offering rewards for any donations. Have a look at this section to see if any of them would interest you!
Help us succeed!
In order to help us succeed, we don't just need donations - we need this SoundCrowd page to be shared with anyone and everyone! We would be so grateful if you were to share this on social media, or mention it to anybody you think may be interested. If you are in a position that you're able to give financially then please have a look at our rewards section to see what would suit you. If not, please feel free to share this campaign, and also come along to support us in performances! Don't forget, the concert with the world premiere is free to attend, so put Thursday 19th March 2020 1:05pm in your diaries and we look forward to seeing you there.