New Zealand String Quartet Trust

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  • Thank you!     04 December 2018
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    Our 4-week US/Europe/UK tour has just ended with two all-Beethoven concerts in the UK: one in Luton, and the other in London at the historic Conway Hall.

    We began the tour in the US, where we gave concerts, lessons and classes at three different universities. Two of them, Carleton College (Northfield, Minnesota) and Rice University (Houston, Texas), are exclusive liberal arts colleges and the third, University of New Orleans, is an ideal public university with one of the lowest tuition rates in the country. Founded in 1958, University of New Orleans was the first university in the Old South to be fully integrated from its inception. It was fascinating gaining an insight into the workings of each institution, and we were impressed by the openness of all the students. New Orleans is a place that - like our own Christchurch - thinks in terms of “before” and “after” the disaster, in their case, Hurricane Katrina. The university lost 2/3 of its students in the aftermath and is still rebuilding; however, the jazz scene is now as lively as ever and some of the university jazz tutors play 300+ gigs a year in the city! Many restaurants have live bands and the Preservation Hall has three shows of old-time jazz per night, every day of the year.

    On the way to Romania we gave a concert in Göttingen, Germany, where plans for our Beethoven cycle in 2020 are coming into focus. The presenter there is the owner of one of the last remaining successful CD shops in the country and a remarkable music aficionado.

    While in Romania, we explored ancient towns we’d never previously heard of such as Tirgu Mures, Reghin, Odorheiu, and Sighisoara (where the Count from the story of Dracula was supposedly born), each with gorgeous historic halls. The whole experience was incredibly interesting and fun, especially due to our wonderfully musical and inspired colleagues in the Tiberius Quartet, with whom we performed the Mendelssohn Octet and a Mozart quintet. Each night after the concerts there was a celebration with all the musicians in a traditional restaurant - complete with virtuoso Romani fiddler.

    Thinking back to all the experiences we had in the month it seems like the trip has been much longer! As always, we have enjoyed seeing the music world in different places, sharing NZ music and music making, gaining and deepening musical friendships, and contributing in varied ways to the love, appreciation and understanding of music in each place we visit.

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  • We're off in two weeks!     15 October 2018
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    Thanks so much to everyone who has donated so far to our November 2018 international tour. We're counting down the days until we fly off on 28 October to take our music to Northfield Minnesota, Houston, New Orleans, Göttingen (Germany), Targu Mures (Romania), London and Luton (UK). If you'd like to find out more about our tour, here's a link to an article on our website:

    Many thanks for your wonderful support!

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  • Our new Brahms CD is out!     29 June 2017
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    We're excited that our Brahms CD featuring the 3rd String Quartet and the Clarinet Quintet has now been released on Naxos. We're delighted with the result and are thrilled that it has already had some fantastic reviews!

    You can read those reviews on our website - We hope they'll make you feel proud of your contribution towards this project.

    Thank you so much, once again, for your generous support - we truly appreciate it!

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  • Thank you and Happy Christmas!     23 December 2016
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    Thank you again for your support of our Brahms recording project this year. We're excited to announce that CD 2, featuring the String Quartet no 3 and the glorious Clarinet Quintet, is due out in April.

    Meanwhile, we hope you have a wonderful festive season and many thanks again from us all.

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  • In Washington with Maria Lambros     10 November 2016
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    Thank you for your continued support of our 2nd Brahms recording. Here we are with Maria Lambros after our Washington concert last Saturday. Next week we go into the studio to record both Brahms viola quintets with Maria for the 3rd Brahms recording.

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  • Brahms CD on Air New Zealand     31 October 2016
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    We flew out last night to Houston for a concert tour of the US and Canada and to record the third CD in the Brahms recording project. As we scrolled through the Air New Zealand in flight entertainment, we were thrilled to see volume 1 in our Brahms series featured in prime position!

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  • Off to a great start!     26 October 2016
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    THANK YOU to all the amazing people who have donated to our Brahms recording project so far! Within 24 hours of launching our page we already had close to $3,000 in donations. We've still got a way to go, but we reckon this is a pretty good start!

    Your generosity is astounding - thank you.

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