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Celebrating its thirtieth season in 2017, the New Zealand String Quartet has established a distinguished international reputation for its engaging performances. The ensemble’s discography includes all the quartets by Mendelssohn, Bartók and Berg, and they are currently engaged in recording the complete Brahms string quartets and quintets for Naxos. Other recordings include works by Ravel, Debussy, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Dvořák, Wolf, Takemitsu, Tan Dun, and New Zealand composers including the complete chamber works for strings by Douglas Lilburn.

Acclaimed débuts in London’s Wigmore Hall, the Frick Collection in New York and in Washington’s Library of Congress 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 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 Farouk 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 since 1991, where the current members are associate professors. Violinist Helene Pohl and violist Gillian Ansell are co-artistic directors of the biennial Adam Chamber Music Festival in Nelson. Each of the members on this recording has been awarded the MNZM honour for services to music in New Zealand.

New Zealand String Quartet
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