ANAM Quartetthaus

Date Rescheduled for Spring 2023
Location ANAM Quartetthaus, Royal Albert Hall, London

Please note: regrettably, ANAM Quartetthaus will be postponed to the spring of 2023.The unique pop-up structure that makes this event so special was scheduled to reach the UK well in advance of the run, but sadly its arrival has been delayed due to shipping delays out of our control.

We apologise for the inconvenience caused to bookers. We hope that you can join us for one of the new dates. Existing tickets will be valid for the dates in 2023 and we will be in contact soon with details. If you have any queries please email

Presented by the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) and the Royal Albert Hall

In Collaboration with Royal College of Music

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ANAM Quartetthaus, designed by ANAM and bluebottle
Artistic Direction of “ANAM Quartetthaus in London”, Artistic Director, Paavali Jumpannen, Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM)

The Royal Albert Hall hosts its first performance space this September. ANAM Quartetthaus will stand in 1851 Place outside the Hall for ten days, hosting six performances per day. This is the first time ANAM Quartetthaus will be presented outside of Australia.

“ANAM Quartetthaus represents the biggest leap in immediacy and potency for the string quartet as an art form since microphones and speakers arrived: I want one in my backyard!” David Hetherington, Kronos Quartet

ANAM Quartetthaus grew from a simple idea: to conceive and build a space that is shaped at every turn by the music to be performed within it; a place unencumbered by the rhetoric of traditional concert presentation, just as the intimate musical form of the string quartet which has given rise to the project is stripped of the rhetoric of larger scale musical forms.

In developing ANAM Quartetthaus, bluebottle collaborated with many specialists to envision and build a space that dissolves the performer/ listener divide, enabling a shared experience by listeners and performers.

ANAM Quartetthaus features six quartets: three from Australia and three from the UK playing varied repertoire from each country including two new works commissioned especially for the series.

ANAM Quartetthaus is presented as part of the UK/Australia Season 2021-22, a major programme of cultural exchange taking place across the two nations. The Australian National Academy of Music is supported by the Australian Government and Creative Victoria as part of the UK/Australian Season 2021-2022.

Image credits: John Gollings and Pia Johnson.

About the Quartets

  • The performing groups consist of professional quartets, alumni and current students from the Australian National Academy of Music and from the Royal College of Music. The full repertoire to be announced


    Marmen Quartet
    With a growing reputation for the courage, vitality and commitment of their performances the Marmen Quartet are fast establishing themselves as one of the most impressive and engaging new talents in the chamber music arena.

    Fiora Quartet
    Formed in May 2021 at the Royal College of Music (RCM), Fiora Quartet have worked with musicians such as Mats Zetterqvist (Chamber Orchestra of Europe), Alina Ibragimova and Pablo Hernán Benedí, as well as being mentored by the Sacconi Quartet.

    Oriole Quartet
    Formed in 2021, the Oriole Quartet recently performed Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro at the Royal College of Music’s Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall. They will perform Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with conductor Massimo Taddia later this year.


    Australian String Quartet
    The Australian String Quartet (ASQ) have been creating unforgettable string quartet performances for audiences around the world since 1985. Dedicated to musical excellence with a distinctly Australian flavour, they aim to create chemistry and amplify intimacy through experiences that connect people with string quartet repertoire.

    Affinity Quartet
    ‘One of the most exciting ensembles to make their mark.’- Classic Melbourne. The Affinity Quartet champions works by Australian and contemporary composers, including the complete string quartets of Janacek, Haas, Britten and Panufnik.

    Artamidae Quartet
    Established in 2018 at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, the Artamidae Quartet are winners of the Ross Peters 4MBS Chamber Music Prize and have performed in masterclasses with members from the Borodin, Emmerson, New Zealand and Australian String Quartets.

About the Presenters

  • The Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) is dedicated to training the most exceptional young classical musicians from Australia and New Zealand. It is the only professional performance training institute of its kind in Australia, and one of few in the world.

    With an outstanding track record of success, ANAM alumni work in orchestras and chamber ensembles around the world, performing as soloists, contributing to educating the next generation of musicians, and winning major national and international awards.

    ANAM aims to inspire these future music leaders and encourages audiences to share the experience.

    “I can’t think of any other institution where the obsession is just music like this: it’s life-changing.” Richard Tognetti, Artistic Director, Australian Chamber Orchestra.

    “ANAM is an extraordinary institution: intense, demanding, challenging and immensely rewarding to be involved with.” Simone Young, Chief Conductor, Sydney Symphony Orchestra

    Royal Albert Hall – the world’s leading figures in music, dance, sport and politics have appeared on their stage since the Royal Albert Hall opened in 1871, and now over 1.7 million people enjoy live experiences there every year, with millions more experiencing events through broadcasts, recordings and new media channels.

    The Royal College of Music – Founded in 1882, the Royal College of Music (RCM) is a world leading music conservatoire with a prestigious history and contemporary outlook. Over 900 undergraduate and postgraduate students come from over 55 countries and are taught in a dynamic environment, leaving the RCM to become outstanding performers, conductors and composers of the future.

    RCM professors are leaders in their fields, and under such expert guidance, RCM students regularly achieve remarkable success around the globe


About ANAM Quartetthaus

  • Commissioned by ANAM and created by bluebottle, ANAM Quartetthaus  is part design installation, part architecture, part music, ANAM Quartetthaus is a special listening place, a celebration of intimate, live performance.

    Ever since the 18th century the string quartet has occupied a unique place in the minds of composers. It has provided the formal mechanism for the most intimate and often intense exploration of technical and musical thoughts and ideas: a personal letter from composer and performer to listener.

    Performances in 2,000 – or even 200 – seat auditoriums rob these letters of the element of personal testimony. In developing ANAM Quartetthaus, designers, acousticians and musicians have collaborated to envision and build a space that dissolves the performer/ listener divide, enabling a shared experiencing by listeners and performers.

    There are 52 places available in the ANAM Quartetthaus for each performance. Seated in two circles about a slowly revolving central performance space, no member of the audience is more than two metres from the performers. The proximity of the listener to the performer accentuates the visceral theatre of live – string or other acoustic – quartet performance.