Acacia Quartet makes Orange Regional Conservatorium their new home

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Orange Regional Conservatorium (ORC) is proud to announce a new partnership with the acclaimed Acacia Quartet and welcome them as the Quartet in Residence.

The joint venture is an exciting opportunity to develop music performance and education in our region and demonstrates the undeniable appeal of Orange, the Conservatorium community and regional arts and culture.

Acacia visited Orange in 2018 as part of the ORC’s Visiting Artists program, while here they presented a remarkable concert and worked with students of the Orange Youth Orchestra. Violinist Lisa Stewart and Violist Stefan Duwe enjoyed their time in Orange so much they decided to become part of the community and made the move to town in early 2019.

Lisa and Stefan have since become valued members of the ORC staff and now regularly lend their expertise to the Orange Youth Orchestra, helping to mentor young musicians. They are already looking to expand what they can do at the conservatorium, working to develop new string programs and teaching one-on-one students.

The Orange Regional Conservatorium can now announce that Acacia Quartet will become a permanent part of our community, as Quartet in Residence.

This partnership will unfold in a variety of ways, the ORC will provide Acacia with a rehearsal and performance space, help to promote their music, concerts and educational programs. In return ORC students, staff and the wider community will have access to the wealth of knowledge and experience Lisa and Stefan have as they help our string programs grow, present workshops and masterclass and of course, perform at Conservatorium events.

Acacia are passionate about supporting Australian composers, working with young musicians, and sharing their love of music with audiences of all ages.

Their performances feature regularly on radio stations around the world. Acacia’s engagements in Australia include the Sydney Opera House, City Recital Hall Sydney, Melbourne Recital Hall, as well as extensive touring through regional NSW and Victoria.

Recently Acacia Quartet has been chosen as one of Musica Viva’s ‘Featured Artists’ for 2020. A program which supports both new and established professional musicians to tour in regional areas.

For more information on Acacia please visit: www.acaciaquartet.com

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