Jane Hazlewood began her professional life as a violinist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. In 1978 the opportunity arose for Jane to play viola within the ACO and after studying in Sydney, she furthered her studies in Berlin with Wolfram Christ.
She worked regularly in the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under such conductors as von Karajan, Muti and Maazel. While in Europe she also played with the London String Quartet. Jane returned to Australia in 1986 to become principal violist in the Australian Chamber Orchestra. She has played several series encompassing all the Mozart and Brahms' two viola quintets with the Australia Ensemble. As a member of the Bergonzi Quartet she performed all the late Beethoven quartets in the New Zealand International Festival in 1988. Now resident in Melbourne, Jane teaches at the Victorian College of the Arts, plays regularly with Australia Pro Arte and as guest artist with the Australian Chamber Soloists.
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.