The Australian chamber group will be embarking on its 24th season next year 


The Flinders Quartet’s 2024 line-up (left-right): Wilma Smith, Elizabeth Sellars, Zoe Knighton, Helen Ireland. Photo: Pia Johnson

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Australia’s Flinders Quartet has announced that Elizabeth Sellars will be joining the group in January 2024. The group will be entering its 24th season as a quartet, which will include subscription concerts, touring, composer workshops and commissioning activity, recording and regional outreach.

The quartet’s first violinist Wilma Smith called Sellars ‘an inspiration’. ‘She is a violinist, musician and educator of the first order with a warm, voluptuous sound that brings the whole quartet together. After long admiring her performances with Sutherland Trio and, more recently, Quercus, it is a gift from the universe to be her sidekick.’ The quartet also comprises violist Helen Ireland and cellist Zoe Knighton.

Born in Melbourne, Sellars studied the violin with Nathan Gutman. She later attended London’s Guildhall School of Music & Drama where she studied with David Takeno (violin) and the Takács and Gabrieli quartets. She has appeared as guest concertmaster and principal violin with the Tasmanian and Melbourne symphony orchestras, Orchestra Victoria and the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. As a chamber musician, she has appeared with Musica Viva and in festivals and on radio worldwide. She was coordinator for strings at Monash University for 16 years and now teaches privately and at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. She plays an 1876 violin by Eugenio Degani.

‘I am thrilled to be a part of this next chapter in Flinders Quartet’s journey as an integral thread in the rich and diverse patchwork of Melbourne’s cultural life,’ said Sellars in a statement. ‘Flinders has been a leader and innovator in developing and presenting chamber music to its ever-growing audience, and the opportunity to play string quartets with Wilma, Helen and Zoe is one I could not be more excited about.’

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