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Friday 11 August, 7.30 pm (Masterton - St Matthews College)

String Quartet

Listen to New Zealand String Quartet on Coast Access Radio

The interview with Monique Lapins (NZSQ) was made via Zoom with Coast Access Radio. She was in Victoria, Canada at the time of recording.


The New Zealand String Quartet was born out of idealism. The Music
Federation (now Chamber Music New Zealand), embraced the vision of
having a resident first-class professional string quartet who would prioritise
music by our own composers and who could take on projects of the kind that
would be impracticable for visiting quartets. The NZSQ have more than
fulfilled that vision and – thirty years on – are an established and vital part of
the musical infrastructure in Aotearoa. Comprised of Helene Pohl (violin I),
Monique Lapins (violin II), Gillian Ansell (viola) and Rolf Gjelsten (cello), the
quartet have, through hard work, dedication to fine music and ceaseless
travelling become favourites of New Zealand concertgoers.

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, The Quartet have proudly championed New Zealand
music since their inception, commissioning over 150 New Zealand works.
All members of the Quartet teach at the New Zealand School of Music – Te
Kokī where the NZSQ has been Quartet-in-Residence since 1991, as well as
running the Adam Chamber Music School in Nelson and the NZSM Queen's
Birthday Chamber Music Weekend in Wellington for up-and-coming

The Mulled Wine Concerts organisation headed up by Mary Gow will
showcase the NZ String Quartet at on 11 August at St. Matthew's Collegiate
School in Masterton. This concert offers Wairarapa audiences a chance to
experience the quartet as they work their classical magic on a selection from
their 2023 repertoire, including pieces by Haydn, Schubert and Tabea Squire.
"The concerts will undoubtedly be popular" says Gow. "We are pleased and
honoured to be able to present such a high-level and well-known group of
musicians as part of our 2023 Wairarapa concert series".

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Mulled Wine Concerts presents the New Zealand String Quartet. 7:30 PM on Friday 11th August at The Hall, St Matthew's Collegiate School, 33 Pownall Street, Masterton, 5810, New Zealand.

Tickets: pre-sales $35 adults ($15 students under 16).

Online sales: marygow@gmail.com - Info: 021 101 9609
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Ticket outlets: Dickensian Bookshop, Featherston; i:SITE Martinborough
and Masterton; Mrs Blackwell's Village Bookshop, Greytown.