Orava String Quartet
Praised by the Sydney Morning Herald for their 'warmth of sound, sublime inner-voicing and spontaneity,’ The Orava Quartet is emerging as one of Australia's most exciting chamber music ensembles. Founded in 2007, The Orava String Quartet consists of brothers Daniel Kowalik (violin), Karol Kowalik (cello), and completed by David Dalseno (violin) and Thomas Chawner (viola).
The Orava Quartet is currently based in Brisbane and is the Quartet in Residence with the Camerata of St John’s Chamber Orchestra – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra.
The Oravas 2015 schedule consists of performances at the Musica Viva Festival, Huntington Estate Festival, Melbourne Festival, Bangalow Music Festival, Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, The Australian Festival of Chamber Music, as well as Oravas own recitals. The quartet also collaborates with some of Australia’s most prominent musicians including Piers lane, Karin Schaupp, William Barton, and Ian Munro. Prominent international artists working with Orava include Wolfgang Holzmair, Lise Berthaud, Mariam Adam and Narek Arutyunian.
In 2014 Orava completed their two year graduate quartet-in-residence at the University of Colorado, USA, where they worked closely with the world renowned Takács string quartet. In addition to their studies in the U.S, the Orava Quartet has held residencies at the Banff Arts Centre in Canada and the Bundanon Artist in Residence Complex in Australia. They have also studied with members of the Emerson, St Lawrence, Schoenberg, Jerusalem, Australian, Brentano, Juilliard and Goldner String Quartets. In Sydney, Orava is mentored by prominent musical educators Uzi Wiesel, Ole Böhn and Janet Davies. In 2014, Orava was one of four quartets selected to be part of the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar in New York.
The quartet has performed in the United States, Canada, China, Philippines, Singapore, United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong. Orava regularly performs at festivals which include the Musica Viva Festival, The Sydney Vivid Festival, Bellingen, Crossroads and Chinese Gardens Music Festival, and have performed for Queen Sofia of Spain and Pope Benedict XVI. Highlights of their performances in the United States include concerts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C, Aspen, and the Juilliard School in New York City. In 2010 the Orava Quartet completed a highly successful tour of Asia for Musica Viva with world-renowned didgeridoo performer and composer William Barton. Orava has frequently features on 2MBS FMs Rising Stars On-Air program, and as part of the Musica Viva Rising Stars Series.
Orava won the Musica Viva Australia Tony Berg Award for the most outstanding Australian ensemble as well as the Peter Druce Audience Prize at the 2013 Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition in Melbourne Australia. They have also received generous support from the University of Colorado, the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund, PPCA Performers' Trust Foundation, the Australian Music Foundation, Ernest Llewellyn Scholarship, Ian Potter Cultural Trust, The Australia Council for the Arts, and Ars Musica.