The Odeion String Quartet
The Odeion String Quartet is a flagship of the UFS and symbolises the university’s commitment to the arts. It was established in 1991 as a permanent full-time resident string quartet – at present the only resident string quartet at a South African university – and functions as an independent academic department at the UFS.
The members of the quartet are Samson Diamond (leader and first violin), Sharon de Kock (violin), Jeanne-Louise Moolman (viola) and Anmari van der Westhuizen. They have an extensive national and international background and are highly regarded in music circles as soloists and chamber musicians.
The members of the quartet play an important strategic role in the development of symphony orchestra music and in classical music training in the Free State. They are exemplary teachers and attract students from all over the country (see the Department of Music webpage for music study options). The Junior Odeion String Quartet also provides a unique chamber music training experience to selected students.
The quartet performs regularly to critical acclaim in all the major music centres in South Africa, as well as in SADC countries such as Zimbabwe and Zambia.