C17 A Memory of Russia

  • Saturday, 6 May 2023

  • Fitters' Workshop

    Printers Way, Kingston, ACT 2604

After acclaimed performances of Bartok and Haydn in 2022, the Alma Moodie Quartet returns to the festival with two muscular works from Russia’s past.

The deeply felt Third String Quartet by Tchaikovsky is one of the greatest chamber music works from Tzarist Russia, written in memory of violinist Ferdinand Laub, who Tchaikovsky once described as “the best violinist of our time.”  After the interval the quartet joins Edward Neeman for Gubaidulina’s Piano Quintet written five years after the death of Stalin, at a time when composers were allowed to breathe again.



P.I. Tchaikovsky,  String Quartet nr 3 in Eb Minor opus 30 (1876)


Sofia Gubaidulina,  Piano Quintet (1958)



Alma Moodie Quartet

Edward Neeman, piano

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Artist Alma Moodie Quartet

The Alma Moodie Quartet features four of Australia’s finest string players in an exciting new collaboration. Led by acclaimed violinist Kristian Winther, violinist Anna da Silva Chen, violist Dana Lee and cellist Thomas Marlin bring a fresh and fearless approach to the string quartet repertoire.
Named to honour internationally significant Australian violinist of the 1930s and ’40s, the Alma Moodie Quartet is committed to invigorating the classics and exploring new works with their combined virtuosic talents.
Photo credit Brontë Godden

Artist Edward Neeman


The Australian-American pianist Edward Neeman has performed across five continents. Critics have lauded him as a “true artist” with “an excellent technique” who “isn’t afraid to put a distinctive stamp on whatever he touches, without resorting to mannerism.” A top prizewinner of numerous international piano competitions, including first prize in the Joaquín Rodrigo Competition in Madrid, second prize in the Southern Highlands International Piano Competition, and third prize in the World International Piano Competition, Dr. Neeman has appeared as a soloist with the Prague Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Kentucky Symphony, Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, and the American West Symphony.

Dr. Neeman’s debut album, Rachmaninoff & Sitsky, was released to wide acclaim in March 2016. Other recordings include a performance of the Concierto para piano by Joaquín Rodrigo with the Prague Philharmonic. Edward recently recorded Australian piano solo works for the ABC Classics in 2020. He performs regularly with his wife Stephanie Neeman as the Neeman Piano Duo, and has made numerous original arrangements for this ensemble.

After completing his undergraduate studies in Australia with Larry Sitsky, Edward studied in the United States and was awarded his doctoral degree from the Julliard School. He is a member of the currently a piano faculty at the Australian National University in Canberra.


Edward Neeman is supported by Christine Goode