News & Reviews

Stunning student performances conclude 2020 Adam Summer School

25 February 2020    /    News

Last weekend the Adam Summer School concluded another year – once again on a high note. Across nine days of more than a hundred coaching and practice sessions, public masterclasses, community concerts and Feldenkrais classes each of the students in our seven ensembles worked incredibly hard.

Focus on Our Friends

12 December 2019    /    News

It’s always a pleasure to have the chance to chat with our audiences at concerts and this month we’re delighted to be catching up with some familiar faces in the NZSQ community. We asked long-time Wellington-based supporters Rowena Cullen and Paul Oliver three questions about their experiences with the NZSQ.

National Tour 2020: BEETHOVEN

12 December 2019    /    News

The first details about our 2020 National Tour are here! Next year it’s all about Ludwig van Beethoven to celebrate 250 years since the composer’s birth back in 1770. And 250 years on, Beethoven’s music reverberates as loudly as ever.

Concerts to Celebrate Amati Viola's 400 Years

17 October 2019    /    News

Is this marvellous Amati viola now the oldest string instrument in New Zealand? We think it might be! Hear history in action in our final concerts for 2019.

NZSQ Trust Farewells Chair

17 October 2019    /    News

After a decade of service, Emeritus Professor Gary Hawke stepped down as the NZSQ Trust’s Chair earlier this month. Gary made an immense and valuable contribution to the NZSQ throughout his term and to celebrate the end of an era, we asked him to share some highlights of the past...

October Touring

17 October 2019    /    News

Right now, we’re in Vienna, where we’re performing TONIGHT with fellow NZ-based cellist Martin Rummel. It’s our first time performing in this chamber music haven, and the ideal opportunity to pay homage to Viennese composer Franz Schubert with his String Quintet in C Major - not to mention place music...

Tales from Canada’s Festivals

28 August 2019    /    News

Our August tour to Canada took us to festivals in Ontario and British Columbia.

National Tour 2019 Highlights

28 August 2019    /    News

It was terrific to see so many of you at our concerts in June and July as we travelled the country on our annual National Tour.

October international touring

28 August 2019    /    News

After several concerts at home, our tour in October will take us abroad again, this time to the USA and Germany. 

Student ensemble success continues

28 August 2019    /    News

In our last Q-notes issue we highlighted the success in the NZCT Chamber Music Contest of several student ensembles that attended the Queen’s Birthday Chamber Music Weekend. Two groups that participated in the course made it through to the semi-finals at the Auckland Town Hall on 2 August.

August international touring

27 June 2019    /    News

Almost straight after we wrap up our National Tour, we’ll be jetting off again. This time to Canada, where we’ll perform in Toronto’s Music Garden. Our 1 August concert is a free event for all ages.

Queen’s Birthday Chamber Music Weekend 2019

27 June 2019    /    News

Earlier this month we spent a busy Queens Birthday Weekend up at the New Zealand School of Music. This is the fourth year we have run our Queens Birthday Chamber Music Weekend, coaching chamber music groups of talented secondary students.

Get ready for our 2019 National Tour

27 June 2019    /    News

Our 2019 National Tour begins TOMORROW! This year we’re performing two different programmes, full of music to get excited about. Whether it’s your first time, or your fiftieth time hearing these works, there’s always something new to discover.

The countdown is on for our 2019 National Tour

10 April 2019    /    News

You don’t have long to wait now before our 2019 National Tour! In June and July we’re coming to some of the country’s loveliest historic and modern venues, so be in quick to secure your spot for a warming mid-winter experience.

Chamber Music New Zealand: Encompass Series 2019

10 April 2019    /    News

As part of Chamber Music New Zealand’s Encompass Series, we’ll be performing five concerts across the country between 27 April and 5 May. Each concert will include the late New Zealand composer Jack Body’s piece Bai Sanxian.

2019 National Tour

28 February 2019    /    News

We’re incredibly excited to announce we’re hitting the road even earlier than usual this year for our 2019 National Tour! Our first concert will be in Featherston on 28 June, then it’s off to another eight cities to give twelve more concerts.

Newly released Naxos CD

27 February 2019    /    News

Our new CD, Brahms Quintets 1 and 2, was launched during the Adam Chamber Music Festival. Released under the Naxos label, which is recognised globally as a leading producer of classical music recordings, we are tremendously proud of this work.

Autumn Soloists

27 February 2019    /    News

Outside our busy NZSQ schedule, you can find each of us performing as soloists over the next couple of months. First up, it’s Helene. She’s joining forces with Jian Liu on 29 March for a free violin and piano recital at the New Zealand School of Music.

Nine days of sensational music in Nelson

26 February 2019    /    News

Many of those who attended the 2019 Adam Chamber Music Festival in Nelson earlier this month have left wondering if it’s possible for such an event to get any better. Exhilarating and inspiring performances came from the best of New Zealand’s chamber and solo musicians.

Adam Summer School: Celebrating 25 years

26 February 2019    /    News

The 2019 Adam Summer School was also the programme's 25th anniversary. What an amazing milestone to reach! The school is a residential chamber music programme and this year 28 students from New Zealand and Australia spent over a week participating in intensive coaching and public masterclasses with the New Zealand...

400-year-old viola to be played to crowds in Nelson

06 February 2019    /    News

It could have caught the ears of Mozart or Bach, but now a 400 year old viola's being played to crowds in Nelson. It's among a number of instruments dating back to the 17th century at the Adam Chamber Music Festival.

Overseas November tour success

17 December 2018    /    News

Our 4-week US/Europe/UK tour has just ended with two all-Beethoven concerts in the UK: one in Luton, and the other in London at the historic Conway Hall.

NZSQ appoints new General Manager

17 December 2018    /    News

We're delighted to announced the appointment of our new General Manager, Sarah Chesney. Sarah will start this month part-time and take up the role full-time at the beginning of 2019. She replaces Christine Argyle who has been enticed to return to her first musical love as CEO of the New...

Meet the Guarneri

15 October 2018    /    News

The Guarneri family, including five very famous violin-makers within three generations, is the most distinguished family of luthiers in history.   Andrea Guarneri, who studied in Cremona with Nicolò Amati (the maker of Gillian’s viola), was the father of Giuseppe and Pietro, and the grandfather of two more makers - confusingly,...

NZSQ Trust seeks new General Manager

10 October 2018    /    News

The New Zealand String Quartet has an opening for an experienced arts manager to continue to build our reputation and profile in New Zealand and internationally. This is an exciting opportunity to play a critical role in the ongoing success of one of New Zealand’s foremost performing arts groups.

Touring the Trout

17 August 2018    /    News

Schubert’s ‘Trout’ Quintet is, without a doubt, one of the most popular chamber music works of all time – a favourite with performers and audiences alike – but because of its rather unusual instrumentation (piano, violin, viola, cello and double bass) it’s not performed as often as one might expect.

Northern touring in November

17 August 2018    /    News

One of the great joys of international touring is the opportunity to re-connect and collaborate with colleagues around the world, be they ex-pat New Zealanders or other international artists we’ve met at home or abroad.

Turning Points - Chronological Connections

29 June 2018    /    News

Tickets went on sale last month for our Turning Points tour and it’s exciting to see a high level of early interest in our national tour. There’s nothing quite like playing to a full hall, especially when the hall itself – or homestead/church/vineyard – feels like the perfect setting for...

Celebrations in Nelson

29 June 2018    /    News

Earlier this month we were honoured to take part in two gala concerts celebrating the refurbishment, re-branding and re-opening of the Nelson School of Music – now known as the Nelson Centre of Musical Arts (NCMA).

Music for Social Change

29 June 2018    /    News

Reaching out to the next generation of string players is something we are passionate about, and we feel privileged that over the past two months we have been able to encourage and inspire nearly 300 young string players from low income backgrounds.

Canada Calling!

29 June 2018    /    News

We’re winging our way to Canada next month for a series of performances in the beautiful province of Ontario. Our tour kicks off with a performance for the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society, which was founded in 1974 by Jan Narveson, a philosophy professor at the University of Waterloo, and over...

In Memoriam

25 April 2018    /    News

We are delighted to be joining forces with opera singer Jared Holt to premiere a new song cycle, In Memoriam, by New Zealand composer Janet Jennings - settings of poems by poet and soldier Edward Thomas, who was killed in the Battle of Arras in 1917.

Turning Points: 2018 National Tour

25 April 2018    /    News

This year’s national tour in August/September will see us perform four carefully curated programmes of groundbreaking works which each, in their own way, have affected the future of string quartet composition.  

Starring as Soloists

25 April 2018    /    News

During the month of June, all of our members will perform as concerto soloists in concerts across the North Island.

Elgar with Diane Walsh

28 February 2018    /    News

American pianist Diane Walsh will be in New Zealand in March 2018 and we’re delighted to have the opportunity to perform with her in concerts for Auckland University and Chamber Music Wanganui. Diane is a former prizewinner in the Ferruccio Busoni, Van Cliburn and Salzburg Mozart competitions and highlights of...

A Week of Inspiration

28 February 2018    /    News

The 24th Adam Summer School for young chamber musicians took place earlier this month in Nelson and offered 30 of the country’s top young musicians the opportunity to work alongside pianist Stephen De Pledge and the members of the NZSQ on some of the great works of the chamber repertoire.

Amati viola joins the NZSQ!

28 February 2018    /    News

We’re super-excited to introduce the newest member of the NZSQ – an Amati viola, made in Cremona in 1619 by Nicolò Amati (1596-1684) and on indefinite loan to the New Zealand String Quartet. Our NZSQ violist Gillian Ansell has fallen in love with the instrument  and says:

Remembering Kitty Hilton

17 January 2018    /    News

It is with great sadness that we record the passing of NZSQ Trust board member Kitty Hilton in June this year. Kitty was appointed to the board in 2016 but her connection to chamber music and the NZSQ went right back to the music she was surrounded by in her childhood.

2018 Adam Summer School

20 December 2017    /    News

From 10-18 February 2018, Nelson will once again host 30 of the country's top young chamber musicians for eight intensive days of rehearsals, coaching, masterclasses and performances at the Adam Summer School. We're delighted to announce two new tutors who will join the NZSQ this year: Stephen De Pledge and Elke Dunlop.

China Revisited

20 December 2017    /    News

It was wonderful to return to China last month to re-connect with colleagues Shen Nalin and Gao Ping, as well as our friends from the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra, and to perform in some state-of-the-art concerts halls in Hangzhou, Chengdu and Beijing. Gillian sums it up when she says:

Beethoven and Goethe

20 December 2017    /    News

Earlier this month we collaborated with the Goethe-Institut in Wellington to present a concert of Beethoven quartets for their subscribers, students and supporters. The Goethe-Institut is Germany’s cultural institute, known worldwide for promoting the study of German language abroad and encouraging international cultural exchange.

2018 NZ Festival with Rob Thorne

25 October 2017    /    News

We're excited to announce our performance in next year's New Zealand Festival - a programme called Te ao hou | This new world with taonga pūoro player and composer Rob Thorne. Rob is currently the Creative NZ / Jack C.

Dangerous and other Liaisons

25 October 2017    /    News

It was wonderful to connect with so many of our Q-notes readers while touring the country on this year’s Dangerous Liaisons tour. After all, the word liaisons is French for connections and, for us, the connections we make with our audiences – though usually not dangerous! - are fundamental to...

On tour in China and Singapore

25 October 2017    /    News

As you read this, we'll have just stepped off the plane in Shanghai for the first leg of our tour to China and Singapore! This tour will include recitals and mini-residencies at universities/music conservatories in Hangzhou, Chengdu, Beijing and Singapore, as well as a concert at the beautiful Forbidden City...

Celebrating our 30th Anniversary

19 October 2017    /    News

We recently celebrated our 30th anniversary with special events in Auckland (hosted by Sir James Wallace at Rannoch), Christchurch (at the home of Rick Hallifax and Martina van den Heuvel) and at Government House in Wellington (hosted by the Governor General, Dame Patsy Reddy, and her husband Sir David Gascoigne).

East meets West - Wu Man & NZSQ

19 October 2017    /    News

The NZSQ and pipa virtuoso extraordinaire Wu Man recently collaborated in an exhilarating concert which united the musical forces of the East and West and the unique sounds of the pipa with string quartet. 

30 Favourite Works Revealed

16 August 2017    /    News

To mark our 30th anniversary this year, we ran an audience poll to find out which pieces you had most enjoyed hearing us play over the last three decades. We had a great response and really enjoyed reading the comments you sent in as well.

Dangerous Liaisons tour underway

16 August 2017    /    News

It’s great to be on the road again, touring our beautiful country with some of our absolute favourite pieces of music. We couldn’t have wished for a more picturesque place to start the tour than Queenstown, nor a more stunning venue than the Lodge at the Hills, hosted by Sir...

44th International Viola Congress in Wellington

16 August 2017    /    News

Next month, Wellington will play host to the 44th International Viola Congress, bringing violists, viola-lovers, viola teachers and students from around the globe for five days of non-stop viola celebration. The congress takes place in a different city every year and was last held in Wellington in 2001.

Notes from North America

16 August 2017    /    News

Our annual midwinter tour to Northern summer festivals is an inspiring combination of interacting with musicians and audiences from around the world, connecting with old friends and taking the odd dip in a lake. It varies in length and scope – 2016 was exceptionally long (seven weeks) and included the...

Requiem for the Fallen CD released

16 August 2017    /    News

We’re delighted that Atoll Records has just released the studio recording of Requiem for the Fallen by Ross Harris, Vincent O'Sullivan and Horomona Horo and are pleased to see that it has made it into the RNZ Concert Classical Chart twice already since its release last month!

Your voice, your choice

22 June 2017    /    News

As we mark our 30th anniversary this year, we thought we’d compile a list of the 30 most popular pieces in our repertoire. We’re keen to know which pieces you’ve most enjoyed hearing us play over the last 30 years and if there’s a reason behind your choice, we’d love...

May-June Madness

22 June 2017    /    News

Since arriving back from our European tour in April, the past two months have been ‘crazy busy’ but thoroughly stimulating and satisfying as well.

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...

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...

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.

Dangerous Liaisons explored on tour

20 April 2017    /    News

This year’s NZSQ national tour in August/September promises a passionate rollercoaster ride as it explores themes of forbidden love in two different programmes, with works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Bartók, Janáček, Schumann and Jack Body.

Cacti with the RNZ Ballet

20 April 2017    /    News

In mid-May we return to the stage with the Royal New Zealand Ballet for repeat performances of Cacti by Alexander Ekman. If you experienced this high-energy dance work last year in the RNZB’s Speed of Light tour you’ll want to catch this year’s tour featuring not one but three works...

On tour with Kathryn Stott

20 April 2017    /    News

In May we head off on a Chamber Music New Zealand tour to seven centres around the country with celebrated British pianist Kathryn Stott. We first performed with Kathryn at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville in 2007 and were so enamoured of her playing that we invited...

Travel Woes and Concert Highs

20 April 2017    /    News

Best-laid plans… just before our punctual and well-packed departure for Wellington airport to embark upon our long-booked flight to Auckland-Houston-Frankfurt-Amsterdam, our phones buzz with the ominous news of a cancelled first flight.  Fog at Wellington Airport.

Celebrating Matariki

20 April 2017    /    News

This year’s Chamber Music New Zealand celebration of Matariki promises to be “a sensory feast that re-affirms our place in the universe”. We’re proud to be joining taonga pūoro artist Alistair Fraser, Te Reo Māori singer-songwriter Ariana Tikao, and talented young players from Porirua’s Virtuoso Strings Orchestra for a series...

A Festival of Riches to Remember

23 February 2017    /    News

The Adam Chamber Music Festival is a highlight of New Zealand musical life and this year’s superb programme and performances only strengthened that claim.

Intensive and rewarding Summer School

23 February 2017    /    News

The Adam Summer school is a special event; an intensive chamber music course where we eat, sleep, laugh, cry, learn and play music together. This year 27 of us were chosen from around the country and split into 7 chamber music ensembles, each assigned a different masterwork that would occupy...

European Spring tour

23 February 2017    /    News

In April we’re off to the Netherlands, Slovenia and Germany, packing 7 concerts into 11 days on our European Spring tour. While there, we’ll by playing quartets from the standard repertoire by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Janáček, joining violist Gil Sharon for a quintet by Brahms, returning to a work we...

Celebrating our 30th Anniversary in 2017

23 February 2017    /    News

2017 is our 30th anniversary year and throughout the coming months we’ll be sharing with you some of our highlights from the past three decades. We’d love to hear about some of your highlights too, so we're running an audience poll to compile a list of the 30 favourite pieces...

Brahms CD fundraising close to target

22 November 2016    /    News

We’re enormously grateful to everyone who has generously donated to our Brahms recording series. The support has been incredible and means so much to us, not just in covering our costs, but in the knowledge that so many people are right behind this project.

November Touring

22 November 2016    /    News

This month is absolutely jam-packed with international touring and recording sessions. We flew to the US at the start of the month for a series of concerts in the States and Canada, spent four days recording in Toronto last week, and have a few days at home to catch our...

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.

2017 Adam Chamber Music Festival Just Around the Corner

22 November 2016    /    News

The 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...

Heartland Classics Revisited

09 September 2016    /    News

We’ve recently returned from our 11-centre tour around ‘heartland’ New Zealand and thoroughly enjoyed seeing old friends, meeting new ones and sharing some of our favourite music in some stunning locations.

New home for Christopher’s Classics in Christchurch

09 September 2016    /    News

“Quartet delivers in brilliant new venue” was the headline for the review of our Christopher’s Classics concert in Christchurch, performed last month in the brand new performance venue The Piano. Reviewer Christopher Moore went on to say: “The Piano exudes style and technical expertise, yet it’s still a warmly welcoming space...

Inspiring the next generation

09 September 2016    /    News

Being on the road with our Heartland Classics tour gave us the perfect opportunity to work with children in local communities while en route to our next concert. Giving children the opportunity to experience the joy of live music is vital to us and, for those who already play an...

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.

Composer Connections in Heartland Classics

07 July 2016    /    News

We’ve discovered some interesting links between many of the composers and works on our Heartland Classics programme. Read about them below, and scroll down further for Rolf’s personal insight into one of the works the NZSQ will be playing on the upcoming tour: Schubert’s beautiful Quartettsatz.

Hear three of the 19th century’s most important musical works at Pah Homestead

30 May 2016    /    News

The three works we have selected for our concert at Auckland's historic Pah Homestead on Tuesday 7 June at 6pm were some of the most significant in the lives of the composers who wrote them – masters of the 19th century Rachmaninov, Mendelssohn and Smetana.

Scary Music at Featherston Booktown

05 May 2016    /    News

From Friday May 20 to Sunday May 22, the Wairarapa town of Featherston will be the centre of attention for those who sell, buy and collect second-hand and antiquarian books. Featherston is the first New Zealand town to become a member of the International Organisation of Booktowns and their successful inaugural event...

Northern Summer Showcases

05 May 2016    /    News

We’ll soon be heading off on our annual mid-year tour to the UK and North America, with performances this year at seven different summer events in England, America and Canada. Although it will feel strange to be touring for the first time without Doug, we’re very much looking forward to...

Heartland Classics nationwide tour

05 May 2016    /    News

Our annual nationwide tour hits the road a month earlier than usual, with concerts from 31 July – 21 August in 11 centres from Waiheke Island down to Invercargill. As the title suggests, Heartland Classics will mostly take us to the smaller regional centres around the country and will also...

First Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch concerts with new NZSQ line-up

05 May 2016    /    News

Our new 2nd violinist Monique Lapins has arrived and we're excited to start rehearsing with her ahead of a very busy touring season. Wellington and Auckland audiences will have an opportunity to see the new line-up in June.

New second violinist appointed

06 April 2016    /    News

We are delighted to announce that Australian violinist Monique Lapins has been appointed as our new second violinist, replacing Douglas Beilman whom we farewelled at the end of 2015 after 26 years with the New Zealand String Quartet.

Youth, music and summer sun

25 February 2016    /    News

Our annual Adam Summer School for Chamber Music is always a hothouse for New Zealand’s young musical talent and, for many, it’s a seminal experience they will carry with them in their future music-making.  Earlier this month, 28 young performers from around the country spent an intense 9 days together...

Recording Requiem for the Fallen

25 February 2016    /    News

Audience members who experienced Requiem for the Fallen in concert described the work as “shattering”, “intensely moving” and “one of the most significant works of NZ composition”. After its premiere in the NZ Festival in 2014, critic John Button referred to it as: “An unforgettable occasion that I hope people...

NZSQ on stage with the Royal New Zealand Ballet

24 February 2016    /    News

It’s not often that members of a string quartet are asked to memorise their scores and become an integral part of a choreographed dance work, but that’s exactly what our quartet players have been preparing to do in advance of four special performances with the Royal New Zealand Ballet in...

Variations old and new with American jazz pianist Uri Caine

24 February 2016    /    News

In March, we’re very much looking forward to joining jazz pianist Uri Caine in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin as part of his ‘Reimagining the Classics’ tour for Chamber Music New Zealand.

Connecting with Children on NZ tour

29 October 2015    /    News

Making connections with children and local communities is one of our highest priorities. As part of this year’s Russian Icons national tour we presented a number of workshops, masterclasses and children’s concerts, including a workshop for Sistema Whangarei - Toi Akorangi with primary school-aged children, thanks to the support of...

Jack Body Cross-Cultural Music Conference

29 October 2015    /    News

The Zhejiang Conservatory of Music will host the Body Music 2015 - Jack Body Cross-Cultural Music Conference from 15th to 17th December 2015 in Hangzhou, China.  As well as celebrating Jack’s considerable contribution to music in both New Zealand and Asia, the conference will explore themes of transcription, cross-culturalism and...

“Top class” response to Russian Icons concerts

25 August 2015    /    News

Well-received Nelson and Blenheim concerts at the weekend have successfully launched our Russian Icons tour. Amongst all the wonderful comments, this is our favourite so far: "My first time to see and hear a Quartet. AWESOME - I could hear every instrument.

Russian Icons concert to support Wanganui gallery effort

25 August 2015    /    News

Our Russian Icons concert in Wanganui tomorrow will be presented as part of the Musicians for the Sarjeant series in support of the fundraising efforts for the iconic Sarjeant Gallery.

Northern summer touring stories

25 August 2015    /    News

Touring brings multiple rewards and our recent journey to the Northern Hemisphere in July was no exception. In the following four accounts, we each take one leg of the journey and share the personal experiences of our concerts in the UK and Canada, as well as our Brahms recording session...

Gareth Farr & Joy Cowley – a 'Scary' combination

25 August 2015    /    News

For composer and percussionist Gareth Farr, collaborating with children’s author Joy Cowley on the new commission Scary Music is a “lifelong dream” fulfilled. “I always wanted to meet her,” he says. “And now I not only get to meet her, but I get to collaborate with her on a great...

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.

All-star alumni celebrate Contest’s 50 years

01 July 2015    /    News

Some of the most successful alumni of Chamber Music New Zealand’s iconic Chamber Music Contest formed the Turnovsky Jubilee Ensemble to perform throughout New Zealand between 2 and 25 June 2015 in celebration of the Contest’s 50th Jubilee.

Extended family of musicians and dancers for Rolf

01 July 2015    /    News

Cellist Rolf Gjelsten spent June touring the country with the Royal New Zealand Ballet and the New Zealand Army band for the season of Salute, and managed to fit in a performance of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in Auckland with the St. Matthew's Chamber Orchestra.

Adjudicating “true gift” for Helene and Doug

01 July 2015    /    News

For our violinists Helene Pohl and Doug Beilman, June brought some wonderful moments adjudicating for two prestigious music competitions – the 2015 Michael Hill International Violin Competition (Helene) and the 2015 New Zealand Community Trust Chamber Music Contest run by Chamber Music New Zealand (Doug).

Tour of Northern Summer Festivals

01 July 2015    /    News

As you read this, we’ll be in transit to the UK for performances at two of England’s most prestigious arts festivals. First stop is the Cheltenham Festival, where we’ll be performing in the charming Pittville Pump Room, the largest of Cheltenham’s spa buildings, built in the 1820s as part of...

Farewell Jack

12 May 2015    /    News

We were deeply saddened to return from the Canberra Festival on Sunday to the news of the passing of our dear friend Jack Body. The news was all the more poignant as, only the day before, we had given the Australian premiere of his final composition, Cries from the Border,...

Requiem a “triumph”

14 April 2015    /    News

Last month, as part of the 2015 Auckland Arts Festival, we were honoured to perform Ross Harris’s Requiem for the Fallen a third time. We’re delighted that audiences in Wellington, Dunedin and now Auckland have been able to experience this powerful reflection on World War I and the incredible sacrifice...

Science Meets Music

14 April 2015    /    News

Typically we don’t connect Einstein with music. Yet as well as being one of the greatest physicists of all time, Einstein was also a fine amateur pianist and violinist. He maintained that music contributed greatly to his understanding of time and space.

On The Road Again

14 April 2015    /    News

Even before the Composer Connections tour commences, we’ll be back on the road with Chamber Music New Zealand this week. This time it’s to four of our favourite centres - Motueka, Blenheim, Waikanae and Rotorua as part of the 2015 Encompass Season, presented in conjunction with the local chamber music...

Unique Connection Celebrated

14 April 2015    /    News

The connection between composer and performer is unique. We’re excited to be taking part in a Chamber Music New Zealand and SOUNZ initiative during NZ Music Month that celebrates this relationship. In Wellington, Hamilton, Invercargill and Dunedin, with pianist Stephen de Pledge, we'll perform a programme curated by Ross Harris...

Requiem for the Fallen at Auckland Festival

25 February 2015    /    News

Auckland audiences have an opportunity to see the Ross Harris’s acclaimed work Requiem for the Fallen at the upcoming Auckland Arts Festival 2015. This semi-staged, highly dramatic piece was commissioned by the New Zealand String Quartet Trust and Choirs Aotearoa New Zealand Trust with funding from Creative New Zealand to...

Adam Summer School inspires young chamber musicians

25 February 2015    /    News

After a hectic week of performances at the Adam Chamber Music Festival there was no putting our feet up as we plunged immediately into the week-long Adam Summer School for Chamber Music. This was our 21st summer school and over the years 282 students have attended the School, with over...

A grand finale to a grand festival

25 February 2015    /    News

Once again, Gillian and Helene pulled off an outstanding festival of fine music in Nelson, with Adam Chamber Music Festival manager Bob Bickerton calling it the “best ever”.  As artistic directors, NZSQ members Gillian Ansell and Helene Pohl are responsible for choosing the artists and shaping each of the programmes,...

Donald Armstrong to replace Douglas Beilman at Adam Festival

26 January 2015    /    News

Due to an injury to his finger, Second Violinist Douglas Beilman will be unable to play at the upcoming Adam Chamber Music Festival in Nelson. His replacement will be Donald Armstrong, Associate Concertmaster of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, who filled in for First Violinist Helene Pohl when she too...

Requiem returns to the stage

16 December 2014    /    News

Described by critics as “a never-to-be-forgotten experience for all who attended" and “powerfully moving”, the powerful Requiem for the Fallen will feature in the Auckland Arts Festival 2015 programme on 13 March following highly acclaimed performances in the New Zealand Festival and Arts Festival Dunedin this year.

Summer of music in Nelson

16 December 2014    /    News

Now back in New Zealand, attention is turning south to our summer engagements in Nelson at the Adam Chamber Music Festival (29 January – 7 February) and Adam Summer School (7 – 15 February). The Adam Chamber Music Festival is a performance-based international chamber music festival produced in Nelson every...

Special people & places on UK tour

16 December 2014    /    News

It is the people we work with and meet along the way and the concert venues we discover that make touring special. Our recent visit to Sheffield, Leicester, Manchester and Oldham in the UK was no exception.

Leading NZ composers receive awards

16 December 2014    /    News

Our sincere congratulations go to two leading New Zealand composers who have recently received significant recognition for their work. Ross Harris (above left) was made an Arts Foundation Laureate in November and John Psathas (above right) has been awarded a Higher Doctorate from Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music...

Michael Norris wins SOUNZ Contemporary Award

04 November 2014    /    News

The New Zealand String Quartet warmly congratulates NZ composer Michael Norris on receiving the SOUNZ Contemporary Award at last week’s APRA Silver Scroll Awards. Michael’s winning composition, Inner Phases, was premiered by the New Zealand String Quartet and the Forbidden City Orchestra at the New Zealand Festival in February this year.

World-class chamber music coaching in mid-summer Nelson

16 October 2014    /    News

Music students wanting to participate in the 21st Annual Adam Summer School for Chamber Music from 7 - 15 February, 2015 have until 24 October to apply. The annual Adam Summer School is presented by the New Zealand String Quartet and held in Nelson each February.

New Zealand String Quartet to feature at Arts Festival Dunedin

08 October 2014    /    News

The New Zealand String Quartet is playing a key role at this month’s Arts Festival Dunedin, which takes place 10 – 19 October, 2014. As part of the St Paul’s at One lunchtime concert series we will perform Mendelssohn's popular String Quartet No 1 Op.12 and then the extraordinary Piano...

Salon Series Tour 2014

05 August 2014    /    News

Whether you’re a long-time chamber music lover or just discovering this beautiful form of music, you’ll love our August/September tour Salon Series 2014.

Close connection with audience in the round

22 July 2014    /    News

We’re really looking forward to our Salon Series 2014 tour. The idea behind this is to create an environment along the lines of a musical soiree of old. We’ve chosen a range of venues around New Zealand that we think will help us to connect with our audiences and create...

NZSQ Trust seeks a new manager

17 July 2014    /    News

The New Zealand String Quartet is looking for a new manager to continue to build our reputation and profile in New Zealand and internationally. This is an exciting opportunity to play a critical role in the ongoing success of one of New Zealand’s foremost performing arts groups.

Pupils to perform with New Zealand String Quartet

16 May 2014    /    News

Pupils from two Hawkes Bay schools – Kowhai Special School and Hohepa School – will join forces with New Zealand String Quartet and clarinettist James Campbell on Friday 16 May to perform a special mixed-ability event in Hawkes Bay Opera House in Hastings.

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