The New Zealand String Quartet celebrate its 35th anniversary in 2022. We hear from founding member Gillian Ansell about the quartet’s early days in 1987, first violinist Helene Pohl and cellist Rolf Gjelsten about keeping quartet and married life separate, and newest member Monique Lapins’s philosophies for including all voices equally in a professional quartet. 

Watch the NZSQ perform works by New Zealand composers here.

Douglas Lilburn, String Quartet in E minor

I – Andante

II - Allegretto

Naxos Classical (2015)

Producer: Norbert Kraft & Bonnie Silver, Engineer: Norbert Kraft

 

Photo credit: Bruce Foster