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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 Eckman. 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.
22 November 2016 / 10 QuestionsAfter living in Melbourne for 30 years, Anthony Grigg returned to New Zealand earlier this year to settle in Wellington and has recently joined the NZ String Quartet family as a volunteer. Anthony has had a long career in tertiary education and also a lifetime’s interest and involvement in the... Read More
22 November 2016 / NewsThe biennial Adam Chamber Music Festival is not far off now, bringing with it a feast of chamber music spread over ten glorious days in the delightful surrounds of sunny Nelson. The New Zealand String Quartet plays a major part in this festival both as performers and through the artistic... Read More
22 November 2016 / NewsWith 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. Read More