Chamber Music New Zealand ‘QuintEssence’ tour

07 July 2016 / News

In September, we’re very much looking forward to joining Grammy-nominated American violist James Dunham for the Chamber Music New Zealand QuintEssence tour. Travelling to 7 centres around New Zealand, the tour highlights masterpieces by Brahms and Mozart, plus a new commission for quartet by New Zealand composer Salina Fisher.

James Dunham was a founding member of the Naumburg Award-winning Sequoia String Quartet and subsequently violist of the Grammy Award-winning Cleveland Quartet.  He has collaborated with such renowned artists as Emmanuel Ax and Joshua Bell, and members of the American, Brentano, Guarneri, Juilliard, Takács, Tokyo and Ying Quartets. We look forward to swapping teaching tips with James, who is professor of Viola and Chamber Music at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and was formerly on the faculty of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. 

James plays a viola made around 1585 by Gaspar da Salò, one of the earliest violin makers. Click here to read more about James Dunham. 

As part of the tour, a whole-day, three-concert QuintEssence Mini Festival will be held in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. The day will start with an 11am all-Mozart concert performed by the Pettman Players, a group of aspiring young Kiwi musicians, followed by two concerts given by NZSQ and James Dunham, at 3pm and 7.30pm, each featuring one of the Brahms quintets paired with one of the great Mozart quintets. Frances Moore will also discuss the Brahms and Mozart connection in a free talk at 4.30, for those who want to know more about these great composers and their chamber works.

But it’s not all Brahms and Mozart. We’re delighted to have the opportunity to premiere a new work by one of New Zealand’s brightest young composers, Salina Fisher. It seems Salina is just as thrilled as we are, as she’s written to say:

The NZSQ's incredible energy and commitment to new music has always been hugely inspiring for me, particularly during my years as a composition and violin student at Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music. To have the opportunity to create a new work for them is an immense privilege, and I'm beyond excited for the upcoming tour!

Visit Chamber Music NZ for full concert details. 

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