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Music By The Sea believes that ART is essential for the wellbeing of the community


Music By The Sea Concert Series 2015


First Saturday each month


7th March, 7:30pm, Sandgate Town Hall


Karin Schaupp with Orava String Quartet

























Internationally renowned guitarist Karin Schaupp teams up with the brilliant and energetic Orava Quartet for one exclusive Brisbane performance of music by Debussy, Boccherini, Turina and others. No strangers to the world stage, these acclaimed musicians team up for the first time for this stunning collaborative performance, combining the beauty of the string quartet with the fiery yet intimate voice of the guitar.



 Giuliani - Guitar Sonata “Eroica”

Turina - Guitar Sonata
Debussy - String Quartet in G minor
Boccherini - Guitar Quintet No. 4 “Fandango”


Karin Schaupp is one of the most outstanding guitarists on the international scene.  She performs widely on the international stage as a recitalist, concerto soloist and festival guest, and has given countless recitals in Australia, Europe, Asia, the US, Mexico and Canada.  Karin’s playing receives the highest acclaim from critics and audiences alike and she is held in great esteem by her peers worldwide.   Her unique stage presence and magical, passionate playing have inspired several composers to write works especially for her.


Taught almost exclusively by her guitarist mother, Isolde Schaupp, Karin completed her tertiary music studies at The University of Queensland with First Class Honours, a Masters degree and was the recipient of a University Gold Medal.  In 2003 she was awarded the Music Council of Australia Freedman Fellowship in recognition of her achievements, and in 2013 was awarded the prestigious Music Fellowship (2014-2015) from the Australia Council for the Arts.


Her chamber music collaborations have also led to a number of recordings including three albums with the ARIA award winning ensemble Saffire, The Australian Guitar Quartet, a duo album with Genevieve Lacey (recorders), the ARIA nominated Fandango (ABC Classics 2011) with Flinders Quartet and most recently the double ARIA nominated Songs of the Southern Skies (KIN 2012) with Australian songstress Katie Noonan. 


Karin’s orchestral recordings include the award-winning world premiere recordings of Phillip Bracanin’s Guitar Concerto (1995 with The Queensland Symphony Orchestra), which was written for her, and Ross Edwards’ Concerto for Guitar and Strings (2004 with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra). Karin has also recorded Peter Sculthorpe’s Nourlangie (2005) for guitar and orchestra with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and Spain (2009 ABC Classics) featuring works by Rodrigo, Bacarisse and Castelnuovo-Tedesco with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and the choir Cantillation.  Gramophone Magazine (UK) praised the recording, saying “By combining the lapidary precision of Williams with the expressiveness of Bream, Schaupp here brings us an Aranjuez fit to stand alongside the best of them…”. In 2014, ABC Classics released Karin’s Mosaic: Australian Guitar Concertos album.


“… Schaupp lives up to her reputation as one of the world’s most accomplished classically trained guitarists.” 

Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)


“… sublime mastery …”  Sunday Telegraph (Australia)


“… cast a haunting spell … seemingly effortless …”  Springfield News Leader (USA)


“… exceptionally beautiful …”  Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)


“… Karin Schaupp’s playing is so perfect, so complete, that it seems like a miracle”  Badische Zeitung (Germany)


“… The poetic intensity and sense of elation in her playing are truly quite special…”  Ottawa Citizen (Canada)


“… She is a poet of the guitar…”  Courier Mail (Australia)


“… a flawless performance, the like of which I have not heard before…”  Classical Guitar (UK)


“… This was not merely magnificent playing it was miraculous…”  The Mercury (Australia)



 Orava String Quartet


Praised by the Sydney Morning Herald for their ‘warmth of sound, sublime inner-voicing and spontaneity,’ The Orava String Quartet is emerging as one of Australia’s most exciting chamber music ensembles. Founded in 2007, The Orava String Quartet consists of brothers Daniel Kowalik (violin), Karol Kowalik (cello), and completed by David Dalseno (violin) and Thomas Chawner (viola). 


The Orava Quartet is currently based in Brisbane and is the Quartet in Residence with the Camerata of St John’s – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra


In 2014, Orava completed their two year graduate quartet-in-residence at the University of Colorado, USA, where they worked closely with the world renowned Takács string quartet. In addition to their studies in the U.S, the Orava Quartet has held residencies at the Banff Arts Centre in Canada and the Bundanon Artist in Residence Complex in Australia. They have also studied with members of the Emerson, St Lawrence, Schoenberg, Jerusalem, Australian, Brentano, Juilliard and Goldner String Quartets. In Sydney, Orava is mentored by prominent musical educators Uzi Wiesel, Ole Böhn and Janet Davies. In 2014, Orava was one of four quartets selected to be part of the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar in New York.


The quartet has performed in the United States, Canada, China, Philippines, Singapore, United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong. Orava regularly performs at festivals which include the Musica Viva Festival, The Sydney Vivid Festival, Bellingen, Crossroads and Chinese Gardens Music Festival, and have performed for Queen Sofia of Spain and Pope Benedict XVI. Highlights of their performances in the United States include concerts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C, Aspen, and the Juilliard School in New York City. In 2010 the Orava Quartet completed a highly successful tour of Asia for Musica Viva with world-renowned didgeridoo performer and composer William Barton. Orava has also been featured on 2MBS FMs Rising Stars On-Air program, and as part of the Musica Viva Rising Stars Series.



Orava recently won the Musica Viva Australia Tony Berg Award for the most outstanding Australian ensemble as well as the Peter Druce Audience Prize at the 2013 Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition in Melbourne Australia. They have also received generous support from the University of Colorado, the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund, PPCA Performers’ Trust Foundation, the Australian Music Foundation, Ernest Llewellyn Scholarship, Ian Potter Cultural Trust, The Australia Council for the Arts, and Ars Musica.