Salon Sessions – Death and the Maiden

Unforgettable close encounters with chamber music

Perhaps Schubert’s most revered and best-known quartet, Death and the Maiden was written by the composer during a period of serious illness that preceded his untimely death at 31. Dark, passionate and virtuosic, this thrilling quartet demands enormous musical resources from its musicians. Melba Quartet is made up of the musicians who worked together as the Australian String Quartet until 1996, establishing it as an important national and international ensemble.

About the MCO Salon Sessions

Even Closer
Witness icons of chamber music in the perfect acoustic of the Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre. With the atmosphere of an exclusive private performance, just 65 guests will experience seminal works of chamber music performed by Australia’s finest musicians.

Food & Wine Experience
Enjoy gourmet canapés and premium wines by MCO partner Narkoojee before and after the performance.

Pre-Concert Briefing
Understand the background to the music with a pre-concert introduction delivered by the orchestra’s Executive Director.

Meet the Artists
Meet and talk with the musicians at the post-concert function.



SCHUBERT Quartet No 14 in D minor D810
Death and the Maiden

Event Duration: around 2 hours including around 45–50 minutes of performance time, pre-concert talk and informal post-concert supper with artists.


William Hennessy VIOLIN
Elinor Lea VIOLIN
Keith Crellin VIOLA
Janis Laurs CELLO



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