Music Department Events

Nov 2

Guest Artist Concert: New Zealand String Quartet

Friday, November 2nd, 2018
8:00 – 9:30 pm / Kracum Performance Hall
2018 New Zealand String Quartet Poster

The New Zealand String Quartet has established an international reputation for its insightful interpretations, compelling communication, and dynamic performing style. The Quartet is known for its imaginative programming and for its powerful connection with audiences of all kinds. Their program at Carleton will include, Mozart Quartet in G Major, Gareth Farr's Te-Tai-O-Rehua and the Shostakovich Piano Quintet, Op. 57 featuring Nicola Melville.

New Zealand String Quartet

Over the decades the Quartet has cultivated a rich repertoire, including a wide variety of New Zealand music, composers' cycles from Beethoven to Bartok, Mozart to Berg, in addition to theatrical presentations on musical topics ranging from Haydn’s “Seven Last Words” to Janacek's "Kreutzer Sonata".

The group's extensive discography includes all the quartets by Mendelssohn, Bartok and Berg, many New Zealand compositions, works by Ravel, Debussy, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Dvorak, Wolf, and the premiere recording of the remarkable Zoltan Szekely quartet.  In 2011 the Atoll Records release Notes from a Journey, a collection of works by New Zealand composers, won 'Classical Recording of the Year' at the NZ Music Awards.  Their most recent recordings on the Naxos label include 'Asian Music for String Quartet' and a disc featuring the complete chamber works for strings by Douglas Lilburn. The NZSQ’s current project, also for Naxos, includes all the Brahms string quartets as well as his string and clarinet quintets.

The members of The New Zealand String Quartet are, first violin Helene Pohl, second violin Monique Lapins, viola Gillian Ansell, and cello Rolf Gjelsten. The quartet is sponsored by Creative New Zealand, The New Zealand School of Music The Adam Foundation, The Turnovsky Endowment Trust, Nelson Pine Industries, and Cloudy Bay.

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This concert is unticketed, free and open to the public. The doors will open at 7:30pm.

Sponsored by Music. Contact: Holly Streekstra, x4475