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NEW ZEALAND STRING QUARTET

Helene Pohl • Douglas Beilman, violins
Gillian Ansell, viola
Rolf Gjelsten, cello

The New Zealand String Quartet has an established reputation for its fresh approach to ensemble music. Drawing from an every-expanding repertoire the quartet remains tireless in its quest to deliver world-class programmes embracing everything from the great classics to the boundary-pushing works of contemporary New Zealand and international composers. Career highlights have included acclaimed débuts in London at the Wigmore Hall, in New York at the prestigious Frick Collection and Washington’s Library of Congress Coolidge Auditorium. International tours and festival successes have taken the group to Canada and the United States for twice-yearly visits as well as throughout Europe and to Mexico, Curaçao, Korea, Australia, Sweden and China. The New Zealand String Quartet’s extensive discography includes Bartók, Ravel, Debussy, Beethoven, Dvořák, Berg and Wolf, the complete Mendelssohn string quartets on the Naxos label and works by numerous New Zealand composers. Notes from a Journey, a collection of works by New Zealand composers, won best classical album at the New Zealand Music Awards in 2011. Their latest Naxos release, Asian Music for String Quartet, is enjoying critical acclaim. 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 artists/teachers-in-residence at the Banff Centre, Quartet Fest West, and The Quartet Program at Bucknell, Pennsylvania. The current members of the New Zealand String Quartet have played together as a full-time professional ensemble for twenty years.

For more information, visit www.nzsq.co.nz.

New Zealand String Quartet
Photo: Robin White ScorpionMedia


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