Some historical highlights of the Quartet’s career, from its beginning in 1987 till the present day.
Appointment of Monique Lapins as 2nd violinist.
Performances on stage with the Royal New Zealand Ballet in Alexander Ekman’s Cacti.
Concert tour of New Zealand with American jazz pianist Uri Caine for Chamber Music New Zealand
Tour of UK & North America, including concerts at the 2016 Salisbury Festival and Festival of the Sound in Ontario.
Lilburn complete chamber works for strings CD is released on Naxos.
Multiple performances at the 2015 Adam Chamber Music Festival in Nelson
Auckland Arts Festival performance of Requiem for the Fallen by Ross Harris, with Voices NZ Chamber Choir, Richard Greager and Horomona Horo.
Two tours for Chamber Music NZ, including giving the premiere performances of Ross Harris’s Piano Quintet with Stephen de Pledge
Multiple performances at the Canberra International Chamber Music Festival, Australia.
Helene serves as adjudicator for the 2015 Michael Hill International Violin Competition.
Concert tour of UK & North America, including performances at the Cheltenham Festival, the City of London Festival, Festival Lachine, Waterside Festival (Amherst Island), Festival of the Sound (Ontario) and the Monadnock Festival
Multiple performances around NZ on the Russian Icons tour, as well as a concert for Christopher’s Classics in Christchurch.
China Revisited, a concert for the Confucius Institute in Wellington, including works by Jack Body, Gao Ping, John Psathas and Gillian Whitehead.
Concert and educational outreach programme at University of Winnipeg, including performance with clarinettist Igor Begelman of multi-media work The Raven and the First Men by Timothy Corlis.
Performance in Los Angeles as part of the Chamber Music at the Clark series at the University of California.
Lecture recitals and concerts at Body Music conference in Hangzhou, China, celebrating the cross-cultural works of Jack Body and other New Zealand composers.
Douglas Beilman retires from the NZSQ after 21 years.
Presented the 20th annual Adam Summer School for Chamber Music in Nelson.
World premiere, New Zealand Festival performance of Requiem for the Fallen, a collaborative project with Ross Harris, Vincent O’Sullivan, Choirs Aoteoroa and Horomona Horo.
NZ Festival performance of Tales from the Forbidden City, a collaborative project with the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra Beijing, followed by Chamber Music NZ tour of Tales from the Forbidden City to three national centres.
World premiere of works by aspiring young New Zealand composers Tabea Squire, Karlo Margetic and Natalie Hunt.
Body Beautiful tribute concert, including the performance and recording of Jack Body’s works at the New Zealand School of Music.
Performances at Huria Marae, Tauranga for the 150th commemoration of the Battle of Gate Pa.
Four centre summer tour to North America, including recording of Brahms Quartets in Toronto under the Naxos label.
Invitation concert at Parliament hosted by the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Hon Christopher Finlayson.
Three performances in the Matariki inspired Te Ao Marama The World of Light, presented by Chamber Music NZ and Museum of Wellington City and Sea.
Thirteen group and individual performances in the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Townsville.
Performances at Dunedin Festival, including Ross Harris’s Requiem for the Fallen with Voices NZ Chamber Choir and Gao Ping’s Quintet.
UK concert tour, including performances in Sheffield and Manchester with violist Peter Cropper and at the Leicester International Music Festival.
Eleven performances in the biennial 12th Adam Chamber Music Festival, Nelson.
Violist Gillian Ansell performed with Melbourne Symphony as acting Principal Viola.
Performances at the Canberra International Chamber Music Festival, Australia.
Helene Pohl invited to adjudicate on the panel of 2013 Michael Hill International Violin Competition.
Mantis Jazz Project in collaboration with Reuben Bradley, John Psathas, Matt Penman, Roger Manins and James Illingworth, honouring the music of the late Drew Menzies, in Wellington and Nelson Jazz Festivals.
Eight concert international tour to North America including performances at five festivals in Canada.
Performance in TEDx with taonga pūoro composer Richard Nunns.
Eight centre Bravo Britten! national tour honouring the centenary of English composer Benjamin Britten’s birth.
Five day residency at Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.
World premiere of ‘Wordless Mantras’ for violin duo and Tibetan singing bowl by composer-pianist Gao Ping at Confucius Institute, Victoria University.
Groundbreaking tour to Europe and Scandinavia, including first time performances in Sweden.
Partnership project with the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra , ‘Tales from the Forbidden City’, at the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing.
Major national tour of BEETHOVEN! the Complete String Quartets cycle – a three-series tour to 20 centres in partnership with Chamber Music New Zealand and the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts, including live-streaming all six programmes to audiences around the world.
The Kings Place, London project. A week-long series of events in London curated by the New Zealand String Quartet, featuring New Zealand arts and artists.
European tour to Ireland, Slovenia, Croatia and the Netherlands.
Week-long concert tour to the Jeju Isles Festival in South Korea.
Five-centre tour to the United States and Canada.
Five-concert tour of UK summer festivals.
Performed concerts at the New Zealand Festival of the Arts in Wellington, featuring works by Barber, Shostakovich, Harris and a collaboration with New Zealand baritone Jonathan Lemalu premiering a new Gao Ping work.
Opening performance at the Leipzig Book Fair as part of the New Zealand as Country of Honour programme for the 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair, in concert with New Zealand soprano Madeleine Pierard.
Residencies in Australia at the International Chamber Music Festival, Canberra and Crossbows Festival, Brisbane.
Performed and recorded the Lyell Cresswell Concerto for String Quartet with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
Recorded Douglas Lilburn’s string ensemble works in Toronto for the Naxos label.
Released new CD Asian Music for String Quartet on the Naxos label.
Celebrated the New Zealand String Quartet’s 25th Anniversary with an event at New Zealand’s Parliament House.
Tutored and mentored 25 young musicians at the annual Adam Summer School in Nelson.