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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:
“It was such a rich and stimulating time, filled with fascinating sights and sounds, amazing banquets, excellent concert halls and, of course, wonderful people”.
Helene gave an overview of our trip in the October edition of Q-notes, in her story On Tour in China and Singapore, so in this edition, we thought we’d just share a few photos from our travels, to give you a taste of our tour.
It was an honour to be featured artists at the 1st International Chamber Music Festival at Zhejiang Conservatory of Music in Hangzhou, and while there we enjoyed working with composition students of our friend and former colleague Shen Nalin (back row, 2nd from left).
We all enjoyed the beautiful gardens at the Forbidden City ahead of our concert at the prestigious Forbidden City Concert Hall, and it was great to spot our names amongst such distinguished company on the ‘honour board’ there!
We managed some time out at the world’s largest panda breeding centre in Chengdu…… and couldn’t resist some panda kitsch!
In Beijing, we enjoyed performing at a concert hosted by the NZ Embassy and ex-pat kiwi Glenn Schuitman at Pop-Up Beijing, and it was wonderful to catch up with Gao Ping (2nd from left), Liu Shun (5th from right) and our friends from the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra.
28 February 2018 / NewsAmerican 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... Read More
28 February 2018 / NewsWe'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. Read More
28 February 2018 / NewsWe’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: Read More