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Violinist Kristian Winther. Photo by Kirsty Umback


Violinist Kristian Winther. Photo by Kirsty Umback

TWO former Canberrans are the newest members of the influential Australian String Quartet.

After an international search, violinist Kristian Winther and violist Stephen King will join the ASQ from the beginning of its 2012 season.

Canberra-born Winther, now 27, is well known to the local musical community as a soloist, conductor and now composer. The son of two prominent Canberra musicians, he studied violin with Canberra teacher Josette Esquedin-Morgan and conducting with John Curro, and has performed solo with  Melbourne, Sydney and Tasmanian symphony orchestras, the Auckland Philharmonic, and the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra.

In 2009 he performed the Australian premiere of Brett Dean’s violin concerto The Lost Art of Letter Writing as soloist. He won the 2010 Music Council of Australia/Freedman Fellowship for Classical Music.

King, 39, was raised in Canberra, but trained as violist in Brisbane and is a former member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

The first ASQ concerts featuring Winther and King will be of  works by Dvorak, Shostakovich and Sculthorpe.

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