New Zealand String Quartet
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1987
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New Zealand String Quartet

Biography (Wikipedia)

The New Zealand String Quartet (est. 1987) is New Zealand’s only full-time string quartet. The current formation of musicians consists of Helene Pohl (1st violin), Monique Lapins (2nd violin), Gillian Ansell (viola) and Rolf Gjelsten (cello). Former members include Wilma Smith (1st violin 1987–1993) and Douglas Beilman (2nd violin 1989–2015).

The NZSQ performs more than eighty concerts a year in New Zealand and international locations. Performances include international festivals such as the Festival of the Sound, Parry Sound, Ontario, Music Mountain Summer Chamber Music Festival in Lakeville, Connecticut and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville, Queensland. The New Zealand String Quartet are resident artists at the biennial Adam Chamber Music Festival in Nelson, New Zealand and have been the Quartet-in-Residence at Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music at Victoria University of Wellington, since 1991.

The Quartet’s discography includes a 3-CD series of Mendelssohn’s string quartets for Naxos Records. Other recordings on Naxos include a CD featuring chamber works by Douglas Lilburn and the first disc in a three-CD Brahms set for Naxos. Other CDs have included works by a number of New Zealand composers and the complete string quartets of Béla Bartók for Atoll Records.

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Johannes Brahms
String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 51, No 2
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String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 51, No 2
Johannes Brahms
String Quintet No.1 in F Major, Op. 88 (3rd mvt)
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String Quintet No.1 in F Major, Op. 88 (3rd mvt)
Hugo Wolf
Italian Serenade in G major
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Italian Serenade in G major
Felix Mendelssohn
Capriccio in E minor, Op 81 No 3
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Capriccio in E minor, Op 81 No 3
John Psathas
I Unbridled, Manos Breathes the Voice of Life into Kartsigar
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I Unbridled, Manos Breathes the Voice of Life into Kartsigar
Johannes Brahms
Quintet no. 2 in G major Op.111 for strings
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Quintet no. 2 in G major Op.111 for strings
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Quartet in B flat major K.589 for strings
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Quartet in B flat major K.589 for strings
Béla Bartók
Quartet no. 3 Sz.85 for strings
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Quartet no. 3 Sz.85 for strings
Johannes Brahms
String Quartet No.3 in B flat - 3rd mvt: Scherzo
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String Quartet No.3 in B flat - 3rd mvt: Scherzo
Ross Harris & New Zealand String Quartet
Variation 25 (excerpt)
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Variation 25 (excerpt)
Joseph Haydn
String Quartet in C major, Op.54 No.2 - 2nd mvt: Adagio
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String Quartet in C major, Op.54 No.2 - 2nd mvt: Adagio
Felix Mendelssohn
Scherzo from Quartet No.5 in E flat (OP.44, No. 3)
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Scherzo from Quartet No.5 in E flat (OP.44, No. 3)
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