Rain Liu, violin and viola
Tim Yu, violin and viola
Verdy Guo, cello
Formed in 2017 under the tutelage of Associate Professor Alice Waten, the Donnerstag Quartet is made up of four of the most highly achieving music students in Australia. Studying at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the quartet consists of Annabelle Traves on violin, Rain Liu and Tim Yu on violin and viola, and Verdy Guo on cello. Between the four, members of the quartet have performed in masterclasses with world renowned musicians such as Midori, New York Philharmonic’s concertmaster Frank Huang, Nashville Symphony’s concertmaster Jun Iwasaki, Lewis Kaplan, Ewa Kupiec, Eberhard Feltz, Wayne Foster Smith, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Rudolf Koelman, Ilya Konovalov, Niklas Schmidt, Jack Liebeck and Maxim Vengerov. They have been awarded scholarships and prizes in various competitions such as the 2015 Paul McDermott Violin Scholarship, The John and Dorothy Vimpani Pianoforte Scholarship, The Ted and Susan Meller Memorial Scholarship Prize, the Estivo Summer Chamber Music School travelling scholarship, first prizes in the Sydney Eistedfodd chamber and cello divisions, first prize in the Llangollen International Instrumental Competition in Wales, first prize in the Queensland Solo Instrumental Competition, and first prize in the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra Prize for Most Outstanding Baroque Performance.
Individually, members of the Donnerstag Quartet have taken an active part in the musical community in Australia through programs with the Australian Youth Orchestra (with members of the Quartet holding Concertmaster and Principal positions), in the Advanced Chamber Music Ensemble Program supported by the AYO, Encore, Rising Stars Academy and ANAM as well as internationally through the Estivo Chamber Music Summer Program held in Italy.
Each member boasts extensive individual performance experience. They have performed in China, Italy, Spain, Estonia, London, Belgium, Germany, France and across the USA as well as solo performances in renowned venues such as the Sydney Opera House and in Carnegie Hall, New York. Members have also performed as soloists with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Youth Symphony and in collaborations with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.