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Te Ao Hou – This New World

07 March 2018    /    Review

St Mary’s of the Angels was transformed to a New Zealand bush scene with ferns and trees that screened the European church architecture behind. It set a scene of antipodean ambience that supported the musical programme that we were to hear.

10 Questions: Rob Thorne

28 February 2018    /    10 Questions

We're delighted to be working with Rob Thorne for our NZ Festival performance of Te Ao Hou | This New World. Rob is a leading exponent of traditional Maori instruments (known as taonga pūoro or 'singing treasures') and is currently Composer-in-Residence at the New Zealand School of Music.

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:

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.

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...

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