Artistic Director - Helene Pohl
Born in Ithaca, New York to German parents, Helene Pohl spent her childhood on both sides of the Atlantic and began her musical studies at age four. After attending the Musikhochschule in Cologne she continued her studies with members of the Cleveland Quartet at the Eastman School of Music and at Indiana University with Josef Gingold.
She toured internationally as first violinist of the San Francisco based Fidelio String Quartet 1988-1993 and joined the New Zealand String Quartet as first violinist in February 1994. She has also performed concertos with the Vector Wellington Orchestra and Auckland Chamber Orchestra, solo recitals at the Taupo and NZ International Arts Festivals and teaches violin and chamber music at Victoria University.
Artistic Director - Gillian Ansell
Born in Auckland, New Zealander Gillian Ansell made her concerto debut as violinist with the Auckland Symphonia (Auckland Philharmonia) at 16 years of age. She was awarded an Associated Board Scholarship to the Royal College of Music, London where she won several prizes on violin and viola.
She took up a German Academic Exchange DAAD scholarship at the Musikhochschule in Cologne with Igor Ozim and the Amadeus Quartet. After working professionally in London for three years she returned to New Zealand in 1987 to become a founding member of the New Zealand String Quartet. In the 2008 New Year's Honours list she became a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM).
Nelson Music Festival Trust
The Adam Chamber Music Festival is produced by the Nelson Music Festival Trust which was established in 1994 and became registered as a Charitable Trust in 2009.
Chairperson Colleen Marshall was born and educated in Nelson and went on to further study at Christchurch Teachers' College and Canterbury University. Until retirement, she was Head of Music at Nelson College for Girls. She was Chair of the Nelson Arts Council for 12 years and a member of the Board of Creative New Zealand with the specific tasks of chairing the Music Panel.
Colleen Marshall is currently Chair of the Nelson Music Festival Trust which administers the Adam Festival of Chamber Music. She was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2014 Queen's Birthday honours list.
Other trustees include David Knight, Alastair Kerr, Lissa Cowie, Adrian Secker and Roger Taylor.
Managers - Bob Bickerton & Sophie Kelly
Bob Bickerton steps down as manager after 10 years with the Festival in February 2021.
He will be replaced with Sophie Kelly, a dedicated arts advocate with an extensive background in event curation and management including Nelson Arts Festival, Summer Events programme, Opera in the Park, Te Ramaroa Light Festival and Upsurge Bay of Islands Arts Festival.
The handover will occur during next year's Adam Summer Celebration.