The New Zealand String Quartet have been entertaining audiences both here and overseas for the past 30 years and in doing so, have built up a large and enthusiastic following. This year they will be bringing to Motueka two wonderful instruments – an Amati viola made in Cremona in 1619 by Nicolo Amati. This will be played by Gillian Ansell while Monique Lapins will be playing a 1784 Lorenzo Storioni violin.
Although the group has a huge range of genres to choose from, the programme will consist of works by Mozart, Shostakovich, Beethoven and Jack Body. Jack Body, who has worked with the Quartet for several decades at the New Zealand School of Music also has an eclectic range of works from opera to electroacoustic compositions and his work often draws on inspiration from non-western music, such as Indonesian gamela.
HELENE POHL at 17 years of age, was accepted to study at the Musikhochschule, Cologne. She has also studied with Cleveland Quartet at the Eastman School of Music and at Indiana University with Josef Gingold. She has performed in many countries including USA, Germany, England, Italy and South America before joining the New Zealand String quartet in 1994. In 2014 she earned a New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to Music.
MONIQUE LAPINS began her violin studies at the age of 6 and has studied at the Australian National Academy of Music and the Yong Siew Toh Convervatory of Music. She has twice been a finalist in the Asia Pacific Chamber Music competition and has also played in many countries including France, the Czech Republic, Holland, Japan, Hong King and Australia as well as the Open Chamber Music Seminars in Prussia Cove in the UK. Monique joined the NZSQ in 2016 replacing long term member Douglas Beilman.
GILLIAN ANSELL began her studies in Auckland and joined the Auckland Philharmonia at just 16 years of age. Three years later, she won the Board Scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London where she studied the violin, viola and piano for 3 years. She then took up a German Academic Exchange scholarship for further study in Germany at the Musikhochschule, Cologne. Gillian was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2008 for Services to Music.
ROLF GJELSTEN began his cello studies at 15 years of age in his native city Victoria, Canada and, at 22, became the youngest member of the Berlin Symphony Orchestra. He has also studied with Zara Nelsova in North American and enjoyed learning with a myriad of Quartets including the La Salle, Hungarian, Vermeer, Cleveland and Emerson string quartets. He has taught cello in New York while simultaneously playing as a member of the New York Piano Trio. He received his doctoral degree in cello from Rutgers University before joining the New Zealand String Quartet in 1994. He was also made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2014 for his services to music.
MOZART String Quartet in F Major, K.590
JACK BODY BAI sanxian
SHOSTAKOVICH String Quartet No. 6 in G Major
BEETHOVEN String Quartet in E Minor, op 59, No. 2