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Formed in 1987, the New Zealand String Quartet has established a distinguished international reputation over the past three decades. The ensemble’s discography includes all the quartets by Mendelssohn, Bartók and Berg, and this recording completes their three albums of Brahms chamber music for Naxos. Other recordings include works by Ravel, Debussy, Mozart, Takemitsu, Tan Dun, and New Zealand composers including the complete chamber works for strings by Douglas Lilburn.

Acclaimed debuts at Wigmore Hall, London, the Frick Collection in New York and the Library of Congress in Washington, DC have led to regular touring in Britain, Europe and North America. The ensemble has also toured in Mexico, Japan, Korea and China, with regular visits to Australia. The quartet has performed concertos with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and has collaborated with many internationally renowned artists, including jazz performers Mike Nock, Wayne Marshall, Jim Hall and Uri Caine, and traditional instrumentalists such as Turkey’s Omar Faruk Tekbilek, New Zealand’s Richard Nunns and Horomona Horo, and the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra from China.

The ensemble has been quartet-in-residence at the New Zealand School of Music at Victoria University, Wellington since 1991, where three of the members are associate professors. Violinist Helene Pohl and violist Gillian Ansell are co-artistic directors of the biennial Adam Chamber Music Festival in Nelson and, along with cellist Rolf Gjelsten, have each been awarded the Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) honour for services to music in New Zealand. Monique Lapins joined the quartet in 2016.

New Zealand String Quartet
Photo: Bruce Foster

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