R E V I E W S & A R T I C L E S
(The Age, Clive O'Connell Melbourne March 2008)
...After interval, the quartet took a suporting role in Chausson's Concert Op.21, which put the talents of the two guests under a searching spotlight. Violinist Ilya Konovalov, concertmaster of the Israel Philharmonic, produced a vibrato rich sound, setting the pace for his colleagues. Taking discreet honours was pianist Kristian Chong, who in this Chausson showed a true chamber musician at work, supporting the violin soloist willingly, meshing with the ASQ's well-honed communal timbre.
(The Advertiser, Adelaide Festival 12th March 2008)
Distinguished visitors Iila Konovalov, Concertmaster of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, andAustralian multiple prize-winning pianist Kristian Chong joined the Australian String Quartet for Concert in D major for piano, violin and string quartet by Chausson. There were many opportunities to enjoy the expertise of the soloists, notably in the third and fourth movements, and to admire the sympathy and discretion with which the ASQ played its essential but less demonstrative, supporting role. Popular in its time, and perhaps dated, this rarely aired piece gave a truly Festival touch to the ASQ's concert.