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C-Silk Chamber ensemble

Presented by Salamanca Arts Centre as part of Winter Light
12 August 2021  | Peacock Theatre


Tasmanian composers Leigh Hobba, Heath Brown and Joe Bugden have each composed music over past decades. This project explores the idea and place that a composer’s 1st String Quartet has in their portfolio. As a form and medium, the string quartet originates from about 1750 when it was established by Joseph Haydn. Since then the String Quartet has been a constant challenge and source of inspiration for composers all round the world.

Utilising the natural acoustic properties of the Peacock Theatre, the Hobart-based C-Silk String Quartet, comprising Joseph Phillips, Weihang Li, Damien Holloway and James Anderson, will perform these three String Quartets #1.

Above image: Olimedia

12 AUGUST 2021
70 min
Doors at 7pm for a 7.30pm start
$30 (inc BF)
$23 (consession inc BF)

If you have access needs please get in touch (info@sac.org.au) and let us know how we can assist you. 


The C-Silk String Quartet was formally established early in 2021, as the elite performing group of Silk International Music Association Inc, which has been performing in Hobart since 2018. Weihang Li, founder and violinist with C-Silk, graduated from Sydney Conservatorium of Music with a Masters degree of Music Studies (Conducting). Since 2019 Weihang has been directing the Southern Tasmanian Community Orchestra. He is also a private violin tutor and an orchestra manager. Weihang has been conducting professional orchestras, chamber orchestras, choirs and student groups in Australia and China for over 10 years.

Other members of C-Silk String Quartet are Joseph Phillips (violin), Damien Holloway (viola), and James Anderson (cello).

Joseph Phillips is a violinist, violist who has studied with Christopher Kimber, Susan Collins, Jeremy Williams, and Peter Tanfield.  Joseph has served as Concertmaster for the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra,  performed with the Australian Youth Orchestra, and graduated from the UTAS Conservatorium of Music in 2018. He has also performed as a soloist and is Concertmaster in the Derwent Symphony Orchestra.

Weihang Li graduated as a Master of Conducting from Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and he is now an active conductor, violinist, and concert director in Hobart. Weihang’s conducting career includes orchestras from China and Australia, such as Tianjin Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, and Derwent Symphony Orchestra. He is the founder of C-Silk String Quartet.

Damien Holloway studied viola in Hobart with Keith Crellin, Simon Oswell and Jan Sedivka, followed by postgraduate studies in Brisbane with Elizabeth Morgan. He played viola with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and was a founding member of Camerata of St Johns (Brisbane). He is principal viola of the Hobart Chamber Orchestra, and regularly fosters the performance of new music.

James Anderson is currently studying a Master of Teaching at the University of Tasmania, having completed his Bachelor of Music in 2018 studying under Sue-Ellen Paulsen. James has previously performed in the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Youth Orchestra, the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute, the Jan Sedivka Camerata, and the Tasmanian Discovery Orchestra.  In 2018 James worked with the ensemble Musik Fabrik in Cologne, while also spending time at the Royal Conservatory of Den Hague in the Netherlands.







Leigh Hobba





Leigh Hobba
graduated from the Elder Conservatorium, Adelaide in the mid 1970s and has maintained an interdisciplinary practice that reflects the influence of working under the tutelage of luminary teachers including, Gabor Reeves, Richard Meale, and electronic music pioneers Peter Tahourdin and Tristram Cary. This string quartet, A Room Full of Rivers, was first performed at the Theatre Royal and The Unconformity Festival, Queenstown in 2016.
Photo | Milan Milojevic

Heath Brown Composer





Heath Brown
is an Australian composer whose work has primarily focused on collaborative projects. He has written extensively for theatre, film, television, advertising, installation, and other interdisciplinary performance works. Heath currently teaches at the UTAS Conservatorium of Music.
Photo | Ruby Pensalfini-Brown





Joe Bugden
studied composition at the University of Sydney under Peter Sculthorpe and Eric Gross. Joe has composed two chamber operas; The Call of Aurora, and Death By Defenestration, and his work for solo viola, The Listening Post, was commissioned by the City of Hobart, to be part of the soundscape of the Hobart War Memorial. Joe’s 1st String Quartet was given its world premiere by the Rubio Kwartet (from Belgium) at the 2004 Canberra International Music Festival.

Photo | Miranda Bugden

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