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The New Zealand String Quartet is available for hire for festivals and concert series both in New Zealand and internationally.

We offer a range of programmes to suit your requirements. Our repertoire includes a number of works by New Zealand composers and also collaborations with other artists.

Click on the PROGRAMMES arrow below to see a selection of programmes we are offering internationally for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 seasons. You will also find a full list of the New Zealand works we can offer under NZ REPERTOIRE, with links to video and audio recordings or samples where available.

Under LIVE RECORDINGS you will find links to recordings made live in concert by Radio New Zealand.  

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Hear the NZSQ play a selection of works recorded in concert by Radio New Zealand at the Hunter Council Chamber, Victoria University of Wellington in August 2016:

HAYDN: String Quartet in D, Op 71 no 2 

GARETH FARR: Te Tai-o-Rehua

SCHUBERT: String Quartet in C minor, Quartettsatz

DVOŘÁK: String Quartet in F, op 96, American

 

 

International Programmes for 2017-2018

 

Programme 1

Beethoven Quartet in F, opus 18#1  

Gillian Whitehead Poroporoaki OR Salina Fisher Tōrino

Gareth Farr Te Tai-o-Rehua

Interval

Debussy Quartet in G minor, opus 10

 

Programme 2

John Psathas Manos Unbridled from Kartsigar

Mozart Quartet in G Major, K. 387

Jack Body Three Transcriptions OR Gareth Farr Te Tai-o-Rehua   OR Gillian Whitehead Poroporoaki

Interval

Grieg Quartet in G minor, op. 27 

 

Programme 3 (NZ music first half)

John Psathas Manos Unbridled from Kartsigar

Gillian Whitehead Poroporoaki OR Salina Fisher Tōrino

Gareth Farr Te Tai-o-Rehua

Jack Body Three Transcriptions

Interval

Grieg Quartet in G minor, op.27 or Debussy Quartet in G Minor, op.10

 

Programme 4 (Dangerous Liaisons)

Beethoven Sting Quartet opus 18#1

Janacek Quartet no 2 ’Intimate Letters

Interval

Bartok String Quartet no 1

 

International Programmes for 2018-2019

 

Programme 1

Beethoven Quartet in G, opus 18#2 

Gillian Whitehead Poroporoaki OR Salina Fisher Tōrino OR

Gareth Farr Te Tai-o-Rehua OR John Psathas Manos Unbridled from Kartsigar

Interval

Schumann Quartet in A, opus 41#3 

  

Programme 2

Purcell Fantasias (selection) 

Gillian Whitehead Poroporoaki OR Salina Fisher Tōrino OR

Gareth Farr Te Tai-o-Rehua OR John Psathas Manos Unbridled from Kartsigar

Janacek 'Kreutzer' Sonata 

Interval

Beethoven Quartet in C# minor, op. 131 

  

Programme 3

Bach Goldberg Variations arranged for string quartet by Bill Cowdery

 

Programme 4 (All Beethoven)

Beethoven Quartet in G, opus 18#2 

Beethoven Quartet in C, opus 59#3 

Beethoven Quartet in C# minor, op. 131 

New Zealand works performed by NZSQ

 

1)    String Quartets

Jack Body (1944-2015) – Three Transcriptions for string quartet (1987) [15’]

Jack Body - Saetas for quartet with cellist switching to accordion (2002) [15’]

Jack Body - various transcriptions from Chinese sources

Salina Fisher (1993 -) - Tōrino (2016) [8’]

Gareth Farr (1968) - Te Tai-o-Rehua (2013) [12’]

Gareth Farr – Mondo Rondo (2004)[12’]

Gareth Farr  – Frenzy (1998) [9’]

Gareth Farr – Owhiro (1993) [20’]

Ross Harris (1945 - ) – Variation 25 for string quartet (2008) [8’]

Natalie Hunt (1985 - ) – Matariki (2014) [4’]

Natalie Hunt– Data Entry Groove (2014) [4’]

Douglas Lilburn (1915 – 2001) – String Quartet in E minor (1946) [19’]

Douglas Lilburn – Phantasy for string quartet(1939) [11’]

Karlo Margetic (1987 - ) - Sinnet (2014) [5’]

Michael Norris (1973 - ) – Exitus for string quartet (2009) [20’]

Michael Norris – Voices (2015) [6]

Gao Ping (Chinese, living in NZ b. 1970) – Bright Light and Cloud Shadows [12’]

John Psathas (1966 - ) – Abhisheka for string quartet (1996) [8’]

John Psathas – Kartsigar for string quartet (2005) [17’]

Tabea Squire (1989 - ) – Jet Lag (2014) [5’]

Gillian Whitehead (1941 - ) – Poroporoaki (2016) [9’]

Gillian Whitehead – No stars, not even clouds… (2012) [9’]

 

2)    Quintets and collaborations

Gareth Farr – He Poroporoaki for quartet and taonga pūoro (2008) [5’]

Ross Harris – Piano Quintet (2013) [20’]

John Psathas – Piano Quintet (2000) [18’]

Gao Ping – Ephemeral for clarinet quintet (2013) [10’]

Gao Ping– Mei, Lan, Zhu, Ju for piano quintet (2008) [25’]

Gillian Whitehead – Hineputehue for quartet and taonga pūoro (2002) [25’]

Gillian Whitehead – Puhake ki te rangi for quartet and taonga puoro (2006) [16’]

 

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