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New Zealand String Quartet

The New Zealand String Quartet is New Zealand's premier chamber music ensemble, performing a wide range of repertoire in centres throughout the country. Since its formation in 1987, the group's dynamic style and vivid interpretations have won the hearts of audiences on four continents.

Recordings featuring New Zealand String Quartet

Farr: Owhiro
New music for string quartet

MMT2019, Released 2000
 
New Zealand String Quartet: Schubert
Schubert's final and most epic string quartet

MMT2062, Released 2013
 
Psathas: Fragments
New music for Percussion, Piano and String Quartet

MMT2047, Released 2003
 

Biography

Helene Pohl - violin
Douglas Beilman - violin
Gillian Ansell - viola
Rolf Gjelsten - violoncello


The New Zealand String Quartet is New Zealand's premier chamber music ensemble, performing a wide range of repertoire in centres throughout the country. Since its formation in 1987, the group's dynamic style and vivid interpretations have won the hearts of audiences on four continents.

With its dynamic performing style, eloquent communication and beautiful sound the New Zealand String Quartet has forged a major career in the busy international chamber music field, earning the acclaim of critics and the delighted response of audiences. The Quartet has particularly distinguished itself through imaginative programming, insightful interpretations of the string quartet repertoire including cycles of composers’ music from Mozart to Berg, and the development of an international audience for important new works from New Zealand composers.

Career highlights have included acclaimed debuts in London at Wigmore Hall and in New York at the prestigious Frick Collection. International tours and festival successes have taken the group to Canada and the US for twice-yearly visits as well as to Mexico, Korea, Australia, Scotland, Germany and the Netherlands, with debut performances planned in Poland and the Czech Republic. Much-loved by audiences in New Zealand, the Quartet presents over eighty concerts there and overseas each year.

The Quartet has been featured on North America’s popular public radio programme St Paul Sunday, and has recorded for Deutsche Welle, CBC in Canada, and Australia’s ABC, as well as regularly appearing on Radio New Zealand Concert, the national fine music network. The group’s extensive discography includes works from the standard quartet repertoire by composers such as Bartók, Ravel, Debussy, Beethoven, Dvorák, Berg and Wolf, as well as the premiere recording of the remarkable Zoltan Székely quartet, and numerous works by acclaimed New Zealand composers.

Innovative collaborations undertaken by the New Zealand String Quartet have included performances of concertos with the BBC Scottish Symphony, the Auckland Chamber Orchestra and the New Zealand Symphony. They have performed with a wide variety of internationally renowned artistsl.

The New Zealand String Quartet participates regularly in a number of international chamber music festivals. Quartet members play a central role in the biennial Adam Chamber Music Festival in Nelson, New Zealand; two members of the Quartet are Artistic Directors of this Festival and the ensemble plays in many of the concerts of the two week event, working with international guest artists.

Dedicated teachers as well as performers, the group has been Quartet-in-Residence at Victoria University of Wellington, now the New Zealand School of Music, since 1991. In North America they have been artist/teachers-in-residence at the Banff Center, Quartet Fest West, and the Quartet Programme at Bucknell in Pennsylvania.



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