3 to 6 February 2022
2022 Adam Summer Celebration Artists
New Zealand String Quartet
Helene Pohl (1st violin), Monique Lapins (2nd violin), Gillian Ansell (viola), Rolf Gjelsten (cello)
Sponsored by Laurie and Peter Rothenberg
Since 1987 the New Zealand String Quartet has been New Zealand’s leading chamber ensemble, with a distinguished record of international touring success and a body of acclaimed recordings. Much-loved by audiences at home and around the world, the Quartet performs over eighty concerts to popular and critical acclaim each year.
Career highlights include highly-praised performances at London’s Wigmore Hall, New York’s prestigious Frick Collection and Washington’s Library of Congress. The Quartet’s extensive discography includes Brahms, Mendelssohn, Bartók, Ravel, Debussy, Beethoven, Schubert, Dvorák, Wolf, Berg, Takemitsu, Tan Dun and numerous New Zealand composers including the complete chamber works for strings by Douglas Lilburn. In February 2019 they released the final volume in a three-CD Brahms set for Naxos.
The ensemble has been Quartet-in-Residence at the New Zealand School of Music at Victoria University since 1991, where three of the members are Associate Professors. Violinist Helene Pohl and violist Gillian Ansell are co-artistic directors of the biennial Adam Chamber Music Festival in Nelson. The three longest-serving Quartet members, Helene, Gillian and Rolf, have been awarded the MNZM honour for services to music in New Zealand.
Sponsored by Ruth Bonita and Robert Beaglehole
Amalia Hall (violin), Ashley Brown (cello), and Somi Kim (piano) are three of New Zealand’s most highly regarded musicians. Described as a “national treasure” and “New Zealand’s most indispensable ensemble” (William Dart, New Zealand Herald), NZTrio is renowned for its eclectic repertoire, outstanding talent and warm kiwi presence. This ensemble holds an essential point of difference in the classical music landscape as a respected industry driver for new NZ composition, having championed a remarkable 50-plus new commissions to date – proudly featuring at least one NZ composition in every concert they've ever performed and taking these to the world stage.
Critical acclaim includes a Tui for Best Classical Artist at the 2017 Vodafone NZ Music Awards; two citation awards: the KBB Music/CANZ citation (2012) and the Lilburn Trust Citation (2017) – both for outstanding services to New Zealand Music; and finalist for Best Jazz Album in the 2017 New Zealand Jazz Awards for a jazz-meets-classical collaboration with the Mike Nock Trio, titled Vicissitudes (2016).
NZTrio has two well established education programmes in secondary and tertiary schools that aim to turn passions into professions and give budding composers a leg up. They enthusiastically welcome collaborative projects that bring classical music into new and exciting contexts. Visit https://nztrio.com/nz-trio-story/ to find out more.
Sponsored by Turnovsky Endowment Trust
The Morton Trio
2022 Adam Troubadour Quartet
Grace McKenzie (1st violin), KiHei Lee (2nd violin), Nathan Pinkney (viola), Bethany Angus (cello)
The Adam Troubadour Quartet Programme is a career development experience for four of NZ’s most promising young string players. The programme includes learning and performance opportunities provided by Adam Chamber Music Festival and Adam Summer School. Our 2021 Troubadours are Grace McKenzie, KiHei Lee, Nathan Pinkney and Bethany Angus.