Youth Ambassador Review - Lazarus String Quartet
Our Youth Ambassador Matt went along to Lazarus String Quartet
yesterday. Here's what he thought. Remember, although this show has
passed, there are many more Chamber Music New Zealand concerts to
It is not often that you get treated to a concert that is as
inspiring as it is charming, but this afternoon's concert was just
that, as was the quartet that presented it: The Lazarus String
Quartet proved themselves as some of Canterbury's most
impressive International musicians. Punctuated by constant
reminders of the soundscape we live in, the young players created
classical beauty in a broken city.
The young quartet, made up of Emma Yoon, Julianne Song,
Lindsay McLay and Alice Gott, are graduates of the University of
Canterbury who are taking the classical world by storm with a raft
of accolades already to their name as they have moved to Europe
further their studies. As a current student at Canterbury's School
of Music, attending this concert was both encouraging and a
testament to how far any young musician can go with talent,
dedication and passion.
The concert itself featured masterworks for string quartet in a
varied programme, and these delicate works of art were executed
with poise and professionalism. The first was Beethoven's String
Quartet Op 18 no 2, a fairly conservative work from the young
Beethoven. The programme note mentioned Beethoven's 'total mastery'
of the genre, and through the quartet's performance it was clear
the performers too had total mastery over their instruments. The
difficult acoustic was handled well and the work brimmed over with
youthful energy and charm.
Contrasting with this, the quartet then delved into the exciting
depths of modern music, presenting Pierre Jalbert's Icefield
Sonnets: North is a Notion. This work spoke with great impact
thanks to the masterful interpretation of the performers, filling
the wintery work with moments of cold subtlety against flashes of
The quartet finished with Brahms' masterful first String Quartet,
one that took almost twenty years to perfect. The inner movements
of this work were stunningly intimate, reflecting the quartet's
emotional connection to not only the music, but each other and the
captivated audience in front of them.
All in all, the quartet performed as musicians well beyond their
years: bold, elegant, attentive and cheerful. The Lazarus Quartet's
energy and charm was contagious, and the players proved themselves
part of an inspiring new generation of musicians.