Seeking Expressions of Interest

11 August 2015 / Media Releases

The New Zealand String Quartet Trust is seeking expressions of interest in the full-time position of 2nd Violinist from 2016.

Celebrating its 28th season in 2015, the New Zealand String Quartet was established in 1987 and has secured an international reputation for its insightful interpretations, compelling communication and dynamic performing style.  The Quartet performs over eighty concerts worldwide each year and is known for its imaginative programming and powerful connection with audiences.

Dedicated teachers as well as performers, the current members are Associate Professors at the New Zealand School of Music at Victoria University, where the group has been Quartet-in-Residence since 1991.  They also give master classes internationally and run an annual summer school for chamber music in Nelson.

The New Zealand String Quartet has an extensive discography and is currently engaged in a series of three Brahms recordings for Naxos.

Exceptional violinists are invited to send a curriculum vitae, including the names of at least two referees, with a covering letter expressing their interest in the role to the NZSQ Manager, Christine Argyle at by 10 September 2015. A video or link to online recording/s is encouraged.

Auditions will take place by arrangement in Wellington in October 2015; London and Los Angeles in November 2015.


About the role

This is a full-time, salaried position, well-supported with a full-time manager, an administrator, a board of trustees and two overseas agents based in the UK and US. The Quartet regularly tours New Zealand as well as undertaking up to four overseas tours annually.

As Quartet-in-Residence at the New Zealand School of Music at Victoria University of Wellington, the players each have part-time teaching and chamber music coaching responsibilities and enjoy an attractive rehearsal studio and full use of staff facilities.

The NZSQ holds an annual 8-day chamber music summer school for advanced students and plays an essential role as performers in the biennial Adam Chamber Music Festival in Nelson, New Zealand.

The successful candidate will be offered the use of a 1784 Storioni violin, kindly loaned by Mr David Craig, for the duration of his or her tenure with the New Zealand String Quartet.

For a full Position Description, please see the included PDF here.



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