The Hillel String Quartet was formed at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2012. It was the inaugural recipient last year of the Gerald Westheimer String Quartet Fellowship, which enabled its European tour in January 2016. The quartet participated in masterclasses with Paul Katz (ex Cleveland Quartet) run by ProQuartet, a Paris-based chamber music organisation, and performed at the Cité Internationale des Arts and the Philharmonie de Paris, as part of the String Quartet Biennale. The quartet also gave a recital at the Royal Academy of Music, London, and received additional tuition from Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet), Paul Cassidy (Brodsky Quartet), John Myerscough (Doric Quartet), Irvine Arditti (Arditti Quartet), Philippe Bernhard (Modigliani Quartet) and Levon Chilingirian (Chilingirian Quartet). Shortly after returning home, the quartet gave the Australian premiere of Short Stories, a concerto by American composer Joel Puckett, with the Sydney Conservatorium Wind Symphony.
In 2014, the Hillel String Quartet participated in the inaugural Sydney Conservatorium European Summer Music Festival, during which it gave concerts in Verona and Mantua, and was coached by Dene Olding and Julian Smiles (Goldner Quartet). That year, the quartet also won Second Prize in the Sydney Eisteddfod Musica Viva Chamber Music Award; participated in the Australian Youth Orchestra Chamber Players program in Melbourne, where it was tutored by members of the Eggner Trio and performed in Melbourne Conservatorium's Melba Hall; and toured Perth and regional Western Australia as the Australian Youth Orchestra String Quartet for 2014, giving multiple recitals and schools presentations.
In Sydney, the Hillel String Quartet has performed at the City Recital Hall, Angel Place, upon the invitation of Musica Viva; the Sydney Conservatorium, as part of the Musica Viva Festival in 2015; St James' Anglican Church, King St, as part of its Lunchtime Concert series; the Sydney Children's Hospital, in partnership with A Sound Life; and at the Utzon Room, Sydney Convention Centre, Government House, Montefiore Home and the University of Sydney, by special request of the Vice Chancellor. The quartet has also received coaching from Alice Waten, Andrew Haveron (ex Brodsky Quartet), John Harding (ex Orlando Quartet), Danwen Jiang, Ole Bohn, Robin Wilson and members of the Pavel Haas Quartet.
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