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Yury Gezentsvey, violin I
Rosemary Harris, violin II
Donald Maurice, viola
David Chickering, cello

The Dominion String Quartet was formed in 2006, taking its name from the centenary of the creation of the dominion of New Zealand. This event coincided with the Christchurch International Exhibition of 1906–07 at which Alfred Hill was the conductor of the country’s first full-time professional orchestra. His seventeen string quartets provided a perfect project for the DSQ as they are not only the first significant examples of the string quartet genre from Australasia, but are also very fine works of international stature.

Yury Gezentsvey, originally from Ukraine, is a principal first violinist with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and an acclaimed soloist and chamber musician.

Rosemary Harris, previously Associate Concertmaster of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and a first violinist in the Pittsburgh Symphony, plays regularly with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

Donald Maurice is Professor at the New Zealand School of Music, and has been a regular performer and lecturer at international viola congresses for over two decades.

David Chickering, originally from the United States where he was a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, is a former principal cellist of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

Dominion String Quartet
From left to right: Donald Maurice, David Chickering, Rosemary Harris, Yuri Gezentsvey
Photo: Lucien Rizos

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