Final Concert for 2014

Sonus Piano Quartet present the second concert of their 2014 season with a 275 year musical journey from the baroque mastery of Bach, through the eyes of a young Mendelssohn to the 20th century Hungarian composer Dohnanyi.

Sonus opens their concert with one of the great masterpieces of the string trio repertoire, the Serenade for String Trio by Dohnanyi. This is Dohnanyi’s most important work, which despite a classical foundation, lavishes us with a Brahmsian richness, Hungarian flavour and a 20th century approach to tonality which nods to his young countrymen Bartok and Kodaly.

We venture back chronologically to the marvel of Bach’s Goldberg Variations through the eyes of Dmitri Sitkovetsky and a brilliant arrangement of these variations for string trio, of which we will present a selection. Originally published in 1742 for harpsichord, these arrangements were inspired by the famous keyboard recording of Glenn Gould.

Mendelssohn very much worshipped Bach, and in 1822 at the age of 13, he composed the extraordinary Piano Quartet No 1 in C minor. Despite Mendelssohn’s lack of years, his characteristics and craftsmanship as a composer are complete. As Jacqui enthuses: “the characteristics of Mendelssohn are all there in this quartet- a sparkling scherzo and an incredible gift for melody”



Dohnányi: Serenade for String trio op. 10

Bach : Goldberg Variations transcription for string trio by Dmitry

Sitkovetsky (excerpts)

Mendelssohn : Piano Quartet in C minor No. 1, Op 1


Come and meet the musicians after the concert with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine!



Thursday 11th December @ 7pm

NOTE: This replaces the previously advertised date of Sunday 23rd November.

The Independent  Theatre        

269 Miller Street, North Sydney




Phone: 02 9409 4462


Concert Tickets Prices:

Adult – $42.00

Concession (Senior & Pensioner) – $37.00

Student (under 25 years) – $25.00

Sonus Piano Quartet is pleased to announce their 2014 Season. The quartet has drawn together two exciting programs, “Fantasy and Charm” and “Master and Prodigy”.  We are thrilled to be featuring guest artist, Shefali Pryor on oboe for our opening concert of 2014.Come along and meet the musicians after the concert with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine.Program 1, Sunday 11 May at 3pm
Fantasy and Charm
Guest Artist Shefali Pryor
Mozart : Oboe Quartet in F major K.370
Sibelius : Suite for String Trio in A major
Haydn : String Trio Op.53 No. 1
Britten : Fantasy for Oboe and String Trio Op. 2
Program 2, Thursday 11 December at 7pm
Master and Prodigy
Dohnányi : Serenade for String Trio Op. 10
Bach : Goldberg Variations Transcription for string trio by Dmitry Sitkovetsky (excerpts)
Mendelssohn : Piano Quartet in C minor No.1 Op. 1


Sonus takes you to France with Love

Come and join Sonus as we celebrate a fantastic journey to explore the music of beloved French composers Camille Saint-Saens and Gabriel Faure.  Be treated to Australian composer Paul Stanhope‘s magnificent work for piano quartet, My Song is Love Unknown.  Celebrate with a glass of Kilikanoon wine after the show! We look forward to seeing you there.

Sunday, October 6 at 3pm. Independent Theatre, North Sydney


Saint Saens: Barcarolle op. 108

Stanhope: My Song is Love Unknown (2000)

Faure: Piano Quartet in g minor, op. 45

We loved playing for our audiences in our inaugural chamber music concerts last year. Thank you to everyone who supported us and loved our selection of music. We’re promising an even more exciting year in 2013 with three great concerts.  Featuring in our second concert is special guest, acclaimed violinist Helena Rathbone, Lead Violin with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Our first concert, “Great Beginnings”, will be on 7 April 2013 at 3pm:

BEETHOVEN Piano Quartet in C Major WoO36
HUMMEL Piano Quartet in G Major op posth
MOZART Piano Quartet in g minor KV478

For our second concert on Sunday 4 August we’ll play “Quintets Galore” with guest violinist, Helena Rathbone:

SCHUMANN Piano Quintet in Eb Major, op 44
SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Quintet in g minor, op 57

The theme for our final concert is “From France With Love” with works from French composers and a fabulous piece from Australian composer, Paul Stanhope:

SAINT-SAENS Barcarole for violin, viola, cello and piano op 108
STANHOPE My Song is Love Unknown
FAURE Piano quartet no 2 in g minor

Tickets are now on sale at The Independent Theatre, North Sydney. Come and join us for a fabulous afternoon of beautiful chamber music this year. We promise we will surprise and delight you. We love performing the repertoire we have selected and hearing you appreciate it.

Aiko, Brenda,  Jacqui and Tim



Romantic Chamber Music

For our final 2012 concert we will perform works by the great Romantic composers, Franz Schubert and Johannes Brahms. To compliment these great composers and to fulfill on our commitment to perform Australian works at each concert, we will include Andrew Ford’s The Scattering of Light which will have its Sydney premiere in this programme. 

The concert programme features:

Franz Schubert (1797-1828) – String Trio in B-Flat Major D.471
Andrew Ford – The Scattering of Light
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) – Piano Quartet in g minor No.1, Op. 25

The Music.Whilst born in different centuries and countries, there are several threads that connect Schubert and Brahms. Schubert was born in Vienna and Brahms in Hamburg, Germany. Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna. Both are known as Romantic composers, with Schubert being an early Romantic. Each wrote a considerable amount of Lieder music and a large body of chamber music as well as symphonies. Both pieces are popular in the classical chamber repertoire. Schubert’s String Trio, whilst a short, incomplete work, is a wonderful extension of the music of Viennese Masters. It’s the final movement of the Brahms with its Gypsy influence that excites and pleases audiences.

The Scattering of Light was commissioned by the University of Queensland to mark its centenary in 2010. ”Although the music was composed in an Australian winter (and mostly early in the morning when it was dark), the thinking behind the piece had occurred some months earlier in Finnish Lapland. It was April and there was still snow everywhere – indeed there were fresh falls during my visit – but there were already eighteen hours of sunshine each day and one needed sunglasses against the glare. I think this experience also affected the end of my quartet.


DATE:                   Sunday 4 November 2012
TIME:                    Doors open - 2.30pm; Tea & Talk – 2.45pm; Concert – 3.30pm
VENUE:                The Independent Theatre, 269 Miller Street, North Sydney
TICKETS:             Adult – $42, Concession – $37, Student (Under 25yrs) – $25
TEA:                      Devonshire Tea – $8
BOOKINGS: or by calling 1300 302 604.

Sonus at their best!

Sonus performed their second concert in their inaugural season yesterday at The Independent Theatre in North Sydney. The audience loved it. Two relatively unknown works by Turina and Babadjanian accompanied an early Beethoven String Trio.

The Turina provided a relaxed fun opening piece for the full group – piano, violin, viola and cello. The Beethoven Trio showed the excellent musicianship of the strings played by Aiko Goto (violin), Jacqui Cronin (viola) and Tim Nankervis (cello). “There was nowhere to hide in this piece,” said Tim. “It exposes our playing and has us perform at our best.”

Pianist, Brenda Jones, introduced the Babadjanian saying, “this is my favourite piece of chamber music. We had to get the score from Armenia as it could not be found in Australia.” Aiko, Tim and Brenda provided a thrilling performance of this work, taking it through the light and shade of the Armenian culture. Aiko’s violin solo in the second movement was exquisite. The influences Rachmaninov and Khachaturian were certainly clear in the piece.

Thank you to the fabulous audience who gave an uplifting applause throughout the concert.

Please email us with your comments and if you would like to suggest what you would like to hear in 2013. Email:


The inaugural Sonus Piano Quartet concert in March was a great success. The pre-concert talk by composer Paul Stanhope attracted an audience of people of all ages who are passionate about chamber music and new works. We are very excited to be performing our second concert at The Independent Theatre in North Sydney on Sunday 29 July.

Our programme, The Passionate, draws on a rich musical and cultural heritage across three centuries and three national flavours.

Beethoven – String Trio in G Major, op.9 no.1 (1798)
Arno Babadjanian – Piano Trio in F# minor (1952)
Joaquin Turina – Piano Quartet in A minor, op.67 (1931)

Beethoven’s String Trio in G Major, op.9 no 1 represents an early foray into the art of chamber music writing and reveals a mature Beethoven exploring a musical world that would later manifest itself in his symphonic writing.

Born in Yerevan, Arno Babadjanian represents the national identity of the Armenian people and culture. He studied in Moscow and returned as a music lecturer to the Conservatoire of Yerevan in 1950 during which time he composed the Piano Trio in F#. Whilst rich in Armenian folksong, it is reminiscent of Rachmaninov and Khachaturian in its musical expression and grandeur.

Having experienced the impressionistic influence of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel, Joaquin Turina (a Spanish born composer of Italian extraction) represents an eclectic musical mix in the late-Romantic style. While embued with the Spanish folk character of his up-bringing, the Piano Quartet in A minor, op67 is an embodiment of the refined chamber music writing that he would have experienced whilst living in Paris in the early 1900s.

Our pre-concert talk will be given by Michael McGregor, renowned music historian. 

Sonus Piano Quarter is four masterful musicians – Australian Chamber Orchestra Violinist, Aiko Goto, Jacqui Cronin on Viola, Sydney Symphony Orchestra Cellist, Timothy Nankervis and international pianist, Brenda Jones.

‘We’re pleased to be bringing popular repertoire and lesser known works to you in this programme’ said Pianist, Brenda Jones.

Tickets for the Sonus Piano Quartet 2012 Elegance and Mastery Series are on sale at or by calling 1300 302 604.

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