Touring collaborations in 2017

22 November 2016 / News

With 2016 almost behind us, we’re looking forward to a busy year in 2017, including national tours for Chamber Music New Zealand and the Royal New Zealand Ballet, in addition to our own NZSQ national tour.

We’re thrilled to be touring in May with British pianist Kathryn Stott for Chamber Music New Zealand. We first met Kathryn in 2007 when we performed the Brahms Piano Quintet with her at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville. We enjoyed working with her so much that we invited her to be a guest artist at the 2015 Adam Chamber Music Festival in Nelson where she gave a solo recital, a masterclass and performed the Franck, Dvorak and Shostakovich piano quintets with us. Gillian says:

We absolutely loved her playing — she has an intensely singing tone, very beautiful voicing, and a virtuoso technique. Kathryn has a spirited personality and is great fun to be around so it will be such a treat to be on tour with her for Chamber Music New Zealand.

We’ll be playing three quite contrasting piano quintets on the tour: Cesar Franck’s passionate Piano Quintet in F minor, Anton Dvorak’s folk-inspired Piano Quintet in A and John Psathas’s Piano Quintet, premiered by us with Stephen Gosling in 2000. You can find out more information and booking details here.

Hot on the heels of the CMNZ tour with Kathryn, we’ll head off on a month-long, five-city tour with the Royal New Zealand Ballet to perform on stage once again in Alexander Ekman’s Cacti. You may have seen Cacti in the RNZB’s Speed of Light tour earlier this year where it captivated audiences with its “cheeky effervescence, irrepressible energy and beguiling wit” (NZ Herald). Intermingling with the dancers on stage while improvising and playing excerpts from string quartets by Haydn, Beethoven and Schubert was a whole new experience for us, perhaps best summed up by Alexander Eckman himself, who described it as “...a game between dancers and musicians, a game which would become a composition.”

This year’s RNZB tour of Cacti teams the work up with two other Ekman ballets, Tuplet and Episode 31, under the touring title Three by Ekman. If you missed seeing Cacti this year, here’s your chance to catch it in 2017. And if you enjoyed as much as the critics did, then you’ll have the chance to see more by this ground-breaking Swedish choreographer.

See here for more information and booking details.

Latest News

Bravo Brahms!

22 June 2017     /     News

We’re excited to announce that Naxos has recently released the next installment in our Brahms series – this one featuring the 3rd String Quartet alongside the Clarinet Quintet with internationally acclaimed clarinettist (and long-time friend) James Campbell.
Read More

Dangerous Liaisons in intimate settings

22 June 2017     /     News

Tickets went on sale last month for our Dangerous Liaisons tour and we’re thrilled to see the level of interest in the tour, with one concert 60% sold already! After the blood, sweat and tears that goes into preparing for our annual concert tour, there’s nothing better than playing to...
Read More

Celebrating Canada 150

22 June 2017     /     News

Our Canadian tour is fast approaching with just under a month until we take off for performances in Toronto and at Parry Sound in Ontario. Our first performance is at the Toronto Music Garden, as part of the annual ‘Summer Music in the Garden’ series held on the shores of...
Read More

The New Zealand String Quartet Gratefully Acknowledges its sponsors and funders