Wu Man & the New Zealand String Quartet

“...the capacity audience gave a standing ovation for a programme of exquisite music from long ago, far away, as well as right now, right here. ”

Jennifer Shennan, Middle C

September 2017

Wu Man has caught the world’s attention with her virtual reinvention of an ancient Chinese instrument – the lute-like Pipa. Her performances have relaunched the reputation of this 2000 year-old instrument in the West, with multiple Grammy Award nominations and Musical America naming her 2013 Instrumentalist of the Year.

She is a founding member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble and starred in the acclaimed documentary The Music of Strangers in last year’s NZIFF. She is a regular collaborator with the celebrated Kronos Quartet at festivals across the globe, including the 2013 Auckland Arts Festival.

Wellington audiences will have an opportunity to hear Wu Man and the New Zealand String Quartet performing a repertoire that spans the centuries, beginning with traditional Chinese folk music and embracing arresting contemporary scores including Tan Dun’s Concerto for String Orchestra and Pipa.


Presented by the Confucius Institute and the New Zealand School of Music at Victoria University of Wellington

The New Zealand String Quartet gratefully acknowledges its sponsors and funders