Acclaimed world-wide for their performances of Beethoven’s music, in its 32-year history, the New Zealand String Quartet has forged an international reputation for insightful interpretation, compelling communication, and dynamic performing style.
The NZSQ perform over 80 concerts each year at home and abroad, alongside equally as many education concerts, workshops, and masterclasses. Recent international tours have included performances in Canada, the USA, the UK, Germany, The Netherlands, China, Mexico, and Australia and they have appeared at London’s Wigmore Hall, the prestigious Frick Collection in New York and in Washington’s Library of Congress. For Naxos, the NZSQ has recorded the complete Mendelssohn, Brahms and Berg quartets, and Brahms’ clarinet and string quintets.
The ensemble has been Quartet-in-Residence at the New Zealand School of Music at Victoria University of Wellington since 1991 and in 2019 celebrated 25 years running the Adam Summer School for Chamber Music. Violinist Helene Pohl and violist Gillian Ansell are co-artistic directors of the biennial Adam Chamber Music Festival in Nelson. Gillian, Helene and cellist Rolf Gjelsten have received MNZM honours for services to music in New Zealand.