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String quartet

Acclaimed for its powerful communication, dramatic energy, and beauty of sound, the New Zealand String Quartet has distinguished itself internationally for its imaginative and unique programming, including cycles of composers' music from Mozart to Berg, and the championing of works from New Zealand and the Pacific Rim. The Quartet has won praise for its versatility in performing with jazz artists and indigenous musicians as well as for its fresh approach to the great classics of the quartet repertoire.

In 2000 the Quartet made its London debut at The Wigmore Hall, returning to perform again there in 2005, and in 2003 the quartet debuted at New York's prestigious Frick Collection. The 2006 season includes an extensive tour of Korea, two tours to North America, a first tour of Mexico as well as 40 concerts in New Zealand. In 2005 the Quartet performed in The Netherlands for the first time and was reinvited right away.

The New Zealand String Quartet has been featured on North America's popular public radio programme "St Paul Sunday", and has recorded for Deutsche Welle, CBC in Canada, and Australia's ABC, as well as regularly appearing on Radio New Zealand's Concert FM. The Quartet's discography includes works by Bartok, Ravel, Debussy, Beethoven, Dvorak, Szekely, Berg, Wolf and numerous New Zealand composers. In 2006 it began a three year project to record all the Mendelssohn String Quartets for Naxos.

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