The New Zealand String Quartet exists so that New Zealanders from all walks of life can experience the best chamber music in the world.
Much-loved by audiences at home and around the world, the New Zealand String Quartet is acclaimed for its powerful communication, dramatic energy and beauty of sound. In everything we do we aspire to nurture the positive benefits of music in New Zealand society and to enrich our nation’s cultural life in a dynamic and contemporary way.
We are committed to the development of the next generation of young musicians and to the growth of chamber music in New Zealand through our education and community programmes.
Dedicated teachers as well as performers, we give weekly lessons at the New Zealand School of Music, run our own annual summer school for young musicians, work with children from low-decile areas on the Sistema Aotearoa, Arohanui Strings and Tironui Music Trust programmes, and coach chamber music ensembles in secondary schools.
The ongoing success of the New Zealand String Quartet is very much dependent on the goodwill of individual supporters. The donations we receive enable us to perform over 80 concerts and workshops each year, to proudly showcase NZ music abroad and to inspire the next generation of talented young musicians. In recent years, Givealittle donations have contributed specifically towards our Brahms recording project with Naxos International. A donation of $50 would assist us with the purchase of new music scores, $640 covers a student scholarship to our summer school, and $5,000 would help us stage a concert performance on our national tour. We are immensely grateful to you for supporting us in any way that you can.
Please help us continue to enrich and inspire this generation and the next.
The New Zealand String Quartet was formed in 1987 and has played an integral role in New Zealand music for nearly 30 years.
The groups tours regularly to the USA and Canada, the UK and Australia and has engagements booked in 2017 for the Netherlands, Germany and Slovenia.
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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