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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 Michael and Lady Christine Hill. We’re so grateful to them both for opening up their beautiful home to us.
We hope you’ve seen some of the short videos we’ve recorded, in which Monique, Gillian and Helene have discussed works in our tour repertoire by Beethoven, Bartók, Schumann, Mendelssohn and Janáček. If not, you’ll find them on our own NZSQ YouTube channel.
You might have noticed there’s one work we haven’t shared with you yet – Jack Body’s Saetas. Rolf switches from cello to the accordion in this work, so we asked him to give us a demo and to tell us a bit about Jack’s piece…
Once again, we’d like to thank our sponsors who have made this tour possible, in particular: Creative New Zealand, The Turnovsky Endowment Trust, Cloudy Bay, Nelson Pine, The Lion Foundation, New Zealand Community Trust and Foundation North.
We can’t wait to see you on the next leg of the tour!
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