Adam Summer Celebration 2022

Adam Summer Celebration will return on 3-6 February 2022, as the perfect long weekend of collaboration and excellence in chamber music at Nelson Centre of Musical Arts.

Due to ongoing restrictions on international travel, the Adam Chamber Music Festival has been postponed until February 2023. This once again creates the opportunity for a smaller-scale four-day event featuring some of New Zealand’s finest chamber musicians.

The 2022 Adam Summer Celebration will be curated by Helene Pohl and Gillian Ansell of the New Zealand String Quartet, who will welcome back NZTrio as well as tenor Ipu Laga’aia. The full line-up of artists will be announced later in the year.

Co-Artistic Directors Gillian Ansell and Helene Pohl say, “We are delighted to announce a return of the Summer Celebration format for February 2022. The overwhelming response we had to the 2021 Celebration gives us confidence that audiences will be just as excited as we are!

“The Celebration will again feature an all-NZ line-up, with collaboration being the main focus. We’re thrilled that NZTrio will join us again, and we're very happy to introduce our audiences to stunning young Auckland tenor, Ipu Laga’aia.

“We’re in discussion with various other wonderful artists, whose names will be announced once confirmed. New Zealand truly has an embarrassment of riches in terms of chamber musicians, so we are spoilt for choice. We are also discussing a wonderful commissioning project with some of the country’s most creative composers — watch this space!”


Helene Pohl
Helene Pohl
Monique Lapins
Monique Lapins
Gillian Ansell
Gillian Ansell
Rolf Gjelsten
Rolf Gjelsten

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.

More Guests

More guests will be announced on 1st October 2021