Arturs Ezergailis was born in 1957 in Adelaide. He took cello lessons with James Whitehead and later with Kurt Hess. For three years he was a cellist with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and was soloist in the Saint-Saens cello concerto. For two years he was a member of the Adelaide String Quartet.
From 1980 to 1985 he furthered his studies in Switzerland under Stanislov Apolin (Prague) and Marek Jerie, completing a performance diploma with distinction in 1984. In the same year he was awarded the Edwin Fischer Prize. He was a member of the Festival Strings Lucerne under Rudolph Baumgartner, touring through Western and Eastern Europe as well as China and Japan. In 1985 Arturs returned to Australia to take up a position in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He is a regular performer at Music-in-the-Round and has been active in chamber music with prominent musicians such as Marc Neikrug, Jean-Bernard Pommier and Pinchas Zukerman. He is a member of the Chagall Ensemble.
Performing as Melbourne String Quartet
The Melbourne String Quartet has appeared in various guises over the years. One group formed in 1973 and another in 1994.
An exciting juxtaposition of 20th century Australian and 19th century European musical styles. Gordon Kerry's 'Torquing Points for String Quartet' and Mark Pollard's 'The Quick or the Dead' are approachable and lyrical pieces that fit well with this CD's classical works.
Arturs Ezergailis also appears on
This album spans nearly a quarter of a century of composition in the field of chamber music by Peter Tahourdin. The pieces reflect Peter's compositional metamorphosis and encompass a myriad of influences and themes, from Indian ragas to the Carmina Burana.