Doug Beilman to step down after 26 years

12 August 2015 / News

After 26 years Doug Beilman, will be stepping down as 2nd violinist at the end of 2015. Doug has contributed to a record 21 years without any change in the ensemble, something few string quartets can match. We know that audiences both in New Zealand and abroad will miss him as much as we will, but can appreciate that, after 26 years of international touring, he would now like to pursue a freelance career that will allow him to spend more time closer to home. Doug will continue to be available for ad hoc contracts with the NZSQ beyond 2015, if required, so we won’t be losing him altogether.

NZ String Quartet Trust Board Chair Gary Hawke says:

 Doug has been an incredibly valuable member of the New Zealand String Quartet and the wider New Zealand music scene.  In his time with the ensemble, the NZSQ has built an enviable national and international reputation with strong audience support and glowing reviews in New Zealand, Europe, North America and Asia. Along with his colleagues in the Quartet, Doug has made a particular commitment to expanding the repertoire with new New Zealand works and major new commissions from North American and Asian composers. These have added to the reputation and richness of the Quartet’s engagement with audiences at home and around the world. We know Doug will continue to make an enormous contribution through his performance and teaching and we look forward to his ongoing involvement as a member of the wider New Zealand String Quartet family.

Doug adds:

“After nearly 33 years in a string quartet, including 26 with the NZSQ, it is indeed a real stretch of the imagination to conceive of a life away from this most splendid of musical art forms. I could not easily sum up the lessons of such a journey, but it still feels like a tremendous gift to have been a participant in such a long-lived and vital group. As I finish my last year with my brilliant colleagues, I thank them and all our supporters over the years for having made this rich and rewarding experience possible.”

We’ve begun the recruitment process for a new second violinist and there has already been widespread interest both domestically and internationally. With the New Zealand String Quartet going from strength to strength, in both its Creative New Zealand arts leadership role and as quartet in residence at the New Zealand School of Music at Victoria University, we think it’s an exciting time for any professional musician to be joining the ensemble. 


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