Supporting Tomorrow's String Stars

“The summer school was an amazing experience as not only did I get to play some really awesome music and be coached by incredible tutors, I was also able to make so many good friends regardless of age or location. Plus, Nelson is a really beautiful place to have the festival!”

Adam Summer School student, 2019

October 2019

With the 2020 Adam Summer School fast approaching, now's the time to spring into action.

If you are – or know – a talented string or piano student interested in receiving chamber music coaching and masterclasses from the New Zealand String Quartet and piano tutor Diedre Irons, applications close next Friday, 25 October 2019.

But we’re not only on the look-out for talented young string and piano students. If your student days are behind you, you can still make a difference and be involved in the success of the Adam Summer School and its students. Each year, we provide scholarships to students to ensure cost isn’t a barrier for deserving students to attend the course. With your generous support, we can keep our course fees to a minimum – in fact, they’ve been retained at the same level since 2011. 

By contributing to the student scholarships, you'll help us to provide the best possible experience for these young musicians. Our sponsors can also observe the school in action, by attending the public masterclasses, with one noting ‘how much can be learned in a nurturing relaxing and well-supported place where standards and expectations are high.’ ‘I was so moved by the standard of the concerts yesterday. The students so excelled all expectations’, said another after the finale concerts. 

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2019 Adam Summer School students and tutors


Our 2019 students described their musical development as just part of the rewarding experience of the Adam Summer School. One student noted that ‘this summer school helped me to develop my communication skills in a chamber situation, and also in every-day communication.’ Another explained that ‘the whole experience at Adam Summer School is invaluable. I learned so much about music, both playing and listening, and about bettering myself as a musician and a person. The amount one is able to learn from the teachers and being surrounded by like-minded students who are inspired and enthusiastic is so exciting and being in an environment like that is genuinely life-changing.

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2019 Students play in a masterclass

This will be the 26th year of the eight-day course at the Nelson Centre of Musical Arts, which begins on Saturday 8 February and concludes with two finale concerts on Sunday 16 February. These finale concerts showcase the music each ensemble has worked on over the week and the standard these young musicians reach is always inspiring – not to mention one of the reasons students return year after year.

For more information see our Adam Summer School page. 

You can donate to the Adam Summer School student scholarship funds online here, or contact us on

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The New Zealand String Quartet gratefully acknowledges its sponsors and funders