New Zealand String Quartet Trust

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Help us build a bright future for NZ's top young string players and pianists by supporting student scholarships for the Adam Summer School.

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Since 1994, the NZSQ have presented the annual Adam Summer School. This a vibrant, inspirational and positively enriching programme for advanced string and piano students aged 15-30 years. Your donation to the Adam Summer School Scholarship Fund through the Givealittle page will enable this generous scholarship assistance to continue for our students, supporting them to fulfil dreams and experience a programme of musical development often described as ‘life changing’.

Scholarships to attend the school are available to students on application and it is this vital assistance with course fees which eases the burden considerably for students in need.

The school is administered and run by the New Zealand String Quartet Trust and takes place each February ‘in residence’ at the Nelson Centre of Musical Arts. Students are mentored by members of the New Zealand String Quartet and guest tutors - in 2020 acclaimed pianist, Diedre Irons and Feldenkrais movement coach, Elke Dunlop - all of whom inspire students to achieve beyond expectation. Throughout the week the school opens its doors to the public to sit in on free daily masterclasses, and on the final day, two enthralling Finale Concerts conclude the event, promising breath-taking performances.

Together, let’s nurture and uplift the music-makers of tomorrow.

Thank you for your generosity.

"I found the course to be busy, inspiring and high quality. As an educational experience, I felt my playing was taken to the next level and would love to participate in the course again. The excellent, world-class string quartet were so personable, knowledgeable and invested in us students. Kia Ora!" 2020 student

"I have never attended a more inspirational summer school. The mere fact that we get almost 20 hrs of one on one coaching with a member of NZSQ is incredible. I have learnt so much for all facets of my playing and I cannot wait to take all this information into the new year and see how it transforms my playing and career prospects." 2020 student

"the whole experience at Adam Summer School is invaluable. I learned so much about music, both playing and listening, and about bettering myself as a musician and a person. The amount one is able to learn from the teachers and being surrounded by like-minded students who are inspired and enthusiastic is so exciting and being in an environment like that is genuinely life-changing." 2019 student

"having listened in on tutoring sessions and masterclasses through the week, I saw how much can be learned in a nurturing, relaxing and well-supported place where standards and expectations are high." 2019 sponsor

"I was so moved by the standard of the concerts yesterday. The students so excelled all expectations." 2019 audience member

More about us

The New Zealand String Quartet was formed in 1987 and has played an integral role in New Zealand music for more than 30 years.

The ensemble has been Quartet-in-Residence at the New Zealand School of Music at Victoria University since 1991 and violinist Helene Pohl and violist Gillian Ansell are co-artistic directors of the biennial Adam Chamber Music Festival in Nelson, regarded as one of the foremost festivals of its kind in the southern hemisphere.

Helene, Gillian and cellist Rolf Gjelsten have been with the Quartet for over 20 years and have each been awarded the MNZM honour for services to music in New Zealand. 2nd violinist Monique Lapins joined the ensemble in May 2016.

Helene Pohl (1st violin)

Monique Lapins (2nd violin)

Gillian Ansell (viola)

Rolf Gjelsten (cello)

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Latest donations

  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 23 Nov 2019


    Wonderful concert yesterday evening, thank you


    • New Zealand String Quartet Trust

      Thank you so much; we had a great time too and appreciate your support!

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    Guest Donor on 09 Oct 2019



  • Caroline May

    Caroline May on 29 Oct 2018


    Best wishes for your tour.


    • New Zealand String Quartet Trust

      Thank you!

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    Guest Donor on 25 Oct 2018



    • New Zealand String Quartet Trust

      Thank you!

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    Guest Donor on 24 Oct 2018



    • New Zealand String Quartet Trust

      Thank you!

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