New Zealand String Quartet
Helene Pohl (1st violin), Monique Lapins (2nd violin), Gillian Ansell (viola), Rolf Gjelsten (cello)
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.
Helene Pohl – 1st violin
Helene Pohl studied at the Musikhochschule in Cologne, with members of the Cleveland Quartet at Eastman School of Music and at Indiana University with Josef Gingold. She was first violinist of the prize-winning San Francisco-based Fidelio String Quartet before joining the NZSQ in 1994. In 2001 she became Artistic Director, with Gillian Ansell, of Adam Chamber Music Festival.
Helene plays a 1730 violin made by Pietro Guarneri in Venice.
Monique Lapins – 2nd violin
Monique studied at Australian National Academy of Music and at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore. She has twice been a finalist in the Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition and has participated in chamber music programmes and festivals in Europe, Asia and Australia.
Monique plays a 1784 Lorenzo Storioni violin kindly on loan from David Duncan Craig and the Lily Duncan Trust.
Gillian Ansell – viola
Following studies at the Royal College of Music in London and at the Musikhochschule in Cologne, Gillian worked as a professional player in London before becoming a founder member of the New Zealand String Quartet in 1987. She was second violinist for two years before taking up the position of violist with the group. In 2001 she became Artistic Director, with Helene Pohl, of Adam Chamber Music Festival.
Gillian plays a 1619 Nicolò Amati viola kindly loaned by The Adam Foundation.
Rolf Gjelsten – cello
Rolf studied cello in North America with James Hunter and Janos Starker, as well as chamber music with the LaSalle, Hungarian, Vermeer, Cleveland and Emerson string quartets. He played professionally with Berlin Symphony, Laurentian Quartet and New York Trio before coming to New Zealand. He has a doctorate from Rutgers University and has played with New Zealand String Quartet from 1994.
Rolf plays a 1705 Francesco Gofriller cello made in Venice.
James Campbell (Canada)
Acclaimed as "Canada's pre-eminent clarinetist and wind soloist” by The Toronto Star, James Campbell has performed as soloist and chamber musician in over 35 countries with more than 60 orchestras including Boston Pops, Montreal Symphony and London Symphony. He has collaborated with Glenn Gould and Aaron Copland and toured with more than 35 string quartets, including the Guarneri, Amadeus and Vermeer. Of his more than 40 recordings, the BBC and The Times of London rated his recording of the Brahms Clarinet Quintet as the best available. His 1985 CD “Stolen Gems” (Marquis Records) won a Juno Award. He has been inducted in the CBC Classical Music Hall of Fame, named Canada’s Artist of the Year, awarded the Queen’s Gold and Diamond Jubilee Medal, an Honorary Doctor of Laws, and the Order of Canada. James Campbell has been Artistic Director of the Festival of the Sound since 1985 and has been Professor of Music at the famed Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University since 1988.
Stewart Goodyear (Canada)
Proclaimed a phenomenon by The Los Angeles Times and "one of the best pianists of his generation" by The Philadelphia Inquirer, Stewart Goodyear is an accomplished pianist as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, recitalist and composer. Stewart has performed with all of the major orchestras in the US and Canada, as well as Frankfurt Radio Symphony, MDR Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and NHK Symphony Orchestra.
Stewart began his training at The Royal Conservatory in Toronto, received his bachelor's degree from Curtis Institute of Music, and completed his masters at The Juilliard School. As an improviser and composer, he has been commissioned by orchestras and chamber music organisations, and performs his own solo works. In 2016, Stewart premiered his suite for piano and orchestra, "Callaloo", with Kristjan Jarvi and MDR Symphony Orchestra in Leipzig, and last season his cello concerto was premiered by National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada.
Stewart’s discography includes Beethoven's Complete Piano Sonatas and Diabelli Variations, Tchaikovsky First Piano Concerto and Grieg's Piano Concerto, Rachmaninov's Piano Concertos No. 2 and 3, Ravel piano works, and his own transcription of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker". Stewart recently released his recording of his "Callaloo" Suite, his Piano Sonata, and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. His newest recording is the complete Beethoven piano concertos, to be released on Orchid Classics in early 2020.
Sergey Malov (Russia)
Sponsored by the Michael Hill International Violin Competition
Sergey Malov performs on violin, viola, violoncello da spalla, baroque violin, and, most recently, e-violin. As a violinist Sergey has won international prizes at the Paganini Competition in Genova, Mozart Competition in Salzburg, Heifetz Competition in Vilnius and Michael Hill Competition in Queenstown. On viola, he was a prize winner at the ARD Competition in Munich and the Tokyo Viola Competition. As a soloist on both instruments he performed with BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Enescu Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.
Sergey received a special prize at the Bach Competition in Leipzig. As a soloist and conductor he performed with AKAMUS, Venice Baroque Orchestra, “Musica Viva” Orchestra Moskow, Camerata Salzburg, Finnish Baroque Orchestra, Sevilla Baroque Orchestra.
Sergey also performs solo and chamber repertoire on his Violoncello da spalla. His unique multi-track recordings on several instruments feature a combination of composed music and free improvisation. Sergey recordings were released by DECCA, EASonus, Hännsler Profil, Alba and Pan Classics. In 2017 Sergey was appointed as a Professor at the Zürich University of Music.
Timothy Ridout (UK)
Selected as a BBC New Generation Artist in 2019, Timothy is one of the most sought-after violists of his generation. Highlights over the last year include solo appearances with Hamburg Symphony, Baden-Baden Philharmonie, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and at Aspen Festival in the USA. He gave recitals in Konzerthaus Berlin, Heidelberger-Frühling and Montpelier Festivals and collaborated with Steven Isserlis, Joshua Bell, Jeremy Denk and Quatuor Arod at Wigmore Hall.
In 2020 Timothy performs concertos with Orchestre de Lille, Salzburg Camerata, Philharmonia Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Orchestre National Bordeaux, Aachen Symphony and Krasnoyarsk Regional Orchestras. He records for the Harmonia Mundi Nova series and for Claves Records.
During 2019/20 he returns to Wigmore Hall, Auditorium du Louvre and the South Bank International series. He’ll take part in Lockenhaus, Heimbach and Kronberg Festivals, collaborating with Isabel Faust, Janine Jansen, Kian Soltani, Benjamin Grosvenor, Lars Vogt, Nicolas Altstaedt and Christian Tetzlaff, among others. Further afield he joins Marlboro Academy in the USA as well as recitals in Japan. In 2016 Timothy won 1st Prize in the Lionel Tertis Competition and was selected by YCAT.
2021 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.
Grace McKenzie – 1st violin
Grace McKenzie is in her honours year at The University of Auckland, having gained her Bachelor of Music in Performance Violin in 2019. Originally learning the Suzuki method, Grace has been with Stephen Larsen for ten years. As a music scholar at Rangi Ruru Girls School in Christchurch, Grace reached the finals of the NZCT Chamber Music Competition for two consecutive years, both as as a violinist and pianist. She has a particular interest in chamber music, and participated in the Castleman Quartet Programme in New York State. As The Felice Duet, Grace and KiHei Lee were recently awarded the ROSL Pettman Scholarship to attend tutorials and festivals in the UK in 2020. In 2018, Grace was Associate Concertmaster for NZSO National Youth Orchestra.
Ki Hei Lee – 2nd violin
KiHei is currently in her Honours year at The University of Auckland, studying a Bachelor of Music in Classical Performance under the tutelage of Stephen Larsen. KiHei competed in the 2016 NZCT Chamber Music Contest with the Domov Trio, winning first place in the Auckland regionals and reaching the semifinals. In 2019 she participated in the Castleman Quartet Programme in New York State, encouraging her interest in chamber music. As The Felice Duet, KiHei and Grace McKenzie were recently awarded the ROSL Pettman Scholarship to attend tutorials and festivals in the UK in 2020.
Nathan Pinkney – viola
Nathan is completing a Bachelor of Music in Performance Violin at The University of Auckland. The development and example gained from previous years at Adam Summer School are the main influences to change from a career in electrical to pursuing further musical development on violin and viola. Significant music mentors include Zhongxian Jin, Donald Armstrong and his current teacher Stephen Larsen.
Bethany Angus – cello
Bethany completed her Bachelor of Music at NZ School of Music at Victoria University, and in 2020 she is studying with Rolf Gjelsten. Bethany has played in a number of orchestras and chamber groups and was Principal Cello in the 2019 National Youth Orchestra. This is her fifth year at Adam Summer School. Bethany is interested in historical performance and well as playing the piano.
More guests will be announced on 1st September 2020