Australian violinist Peter Clark will assume the role in June

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New Zealand String Quartet players, left to right: Rolf Gjelsten, Peter Clark, Gillian Ansell, Monique Lapins, and Helene Pohl |

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The New Zealand String Quartet (NZSQ) has announced the appointment of Australian violinist Peter Clark as its new second violinist from June. Clark will take over the role from Monique Lapins, who is leaving the quartet to pursue other artistic endeavours.

‘While we are sad to see her go, we wish her all the best and cannot wait to see where the music takes her next,’ the quartet said in a post on social media.

The NZSQ was founded in 1987 and has established its reputation playing both works from the classical canon and a wide variety of New Zealand and Māori music. To date, the quartet has premiered over 150 works by New Zealand composers, collaborated across art disciplines including spoken word and dance, and has a close working relationship with its Mātanga Ngā Toi Māori, taonga pūoro player Horomona Horo.

Clark is a passionate public speaker and advocate for the role of music in society, and has presented for numerous orchestras internationally. As concertmaster, he has performed with orchestras including the Sydney Chamber Orchestra, Australian World Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and New Zealand Opera. Clark performs on a 1936 A.E. Smith violin.

Clark joins current members of the NZSQ, violinist Helene Pohl, violist Gillian Ansell, and cellist Rolf Gjelsten.

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