New Zealand String Quartet Trust

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Help us put New Zealand chamber artists and music on the world stage by supporting our tour to the USA, UK, Romania and Germany.

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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 passionate about putting New Zealand music on the international stage and enhancing the reputation of New Zealand artists worldwide. In November 2018, we will take our music to the USA, England, Romania and Germany, performing concerts and masterclasses at universities, chamber music societies and festivals. Along the way, we'll collaborate with New Zealand pianist Nicola Melville and our violist, Gillian Ansell, will take a side trip to Rotterdam to play duets with New Zealander Alexa Sangbin Thompson at the 45th International Viola Congress.

Our commitment to touring internationally comes at a significant cost, especially when multiple international airfares are required to cover each leg of the itinerary, so we’re seeking your help to give this tour wings. We will be immensely grateful to you for supporting us in any way that you can.

After a full month away, we know we’ll be pleased to return to Aotearoa and will carry with us the riches gained from our international collaborations to pass onto our students and audiences at home.

Please help us continue to put world-class New Zealand music and performances on the international stage. You can read more about our November 2018 tour in this article: https://nzsq.org.nz/news-and-reviews/item/northern-touring-in-november.

Organisation details

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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This organisation page was created on 26 Sep 2016.

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