About Orava Quartet



2023 Orava Quartet bio

Photo credit: Dylan Evans Photography

The Orava Quartet, founded in 2007 by brothers Daniel Kowalik (violin) and Karol Kowalik (cello), Thomas Chawner (viola), and joined in 2011 by David Dalseno (violin), is one of the most exciting string quartets of its generation.

Selected by Deutsche Grammophon for its historic, first Australian recording release in 2018, received with widespread critical acclaim, Orava Quartet has performed throughout North America, the UAE, and Asia, as well as playing for Queen Sofia of Spain and Pope Benedict XVI. As graduate Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Colorado (USA), they worked closely with the world-renowned Takács Quartet from 2012-2014, and toured in the US including at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. The Quartet made their debut at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall for VIVID Festival with Sufjan Stevens and won major awards at the 2013 Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition, including the Musica Viva Australia Tony Berg Award for ‘Most Outstanding Australian Ensemble’.

Orava Quartet has held residencies at Canada’s Banff Arts Centre and Australia’s Bundanon Trust. Since returning to Australia as Quartet-in-Residence with Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra in 2014, the Orava Quartet has performed for New Zealand Festival, Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM) and Huntington Estate Music Festival; Melbourne Festival and BBC Proms Melbourne; Queensland Music Festival, Canberra International Music Festival, for Sydney Opera House’ Utzon Music Series, Melbourne Recital Centre, and Musica Viva Australia.

Most recently, the Quartet toured to Canada including Québec and Ottawa in 2019 and performed for the North Australian Festival of Arts, Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival, City Recital Hall Angel Place (Sydney), and with classical guitarist Karin Schaupp, including at HOTA Gold Coast. They began a three-year residency with Bangalow Music Festival.

2022 performances include Canberra International Music Festival, Brisbane Festival, Blackheath Chamber Music Festival, Melbourne Recital Centre, UKARIA and at Sydney Opera House. The Quartet continue ‘in residence’ for their eighth proud year with Camerata, and with Bangalow Music Festival. Their highly anticipated second album for Deutsche Grammophon Australia is due for release in early 2023.

Orava Quartet is grateful for the support of private sponsors through the Australian Cultural Fund thanks to Cultural Partnerships Australia; Universal Music Australia, the University of Colorado, Australia Council for the Arts, Australian Music Foundation, Ian Potter Cultural Trust Dame Joan Sutherland Fund, PPCA Performers’ Trust Foundation, Ernest Llewellyn Scholarship and Ars Musica Australis. www.oravaquartet.com