Some historical highlights of the Quartet’s career, from its beginning in 1987 till the present day.
Collaboration with taonga pūoro player Rob Thorne for Te Ao Hou | This New World as part of the NZ Festival’s Chamber Music Series.
Concerts with American pianist Diane Walsh in Auckland and Whanganui.
Multiple performances at Adam Chamber Music Festival in Nelson, including collaborations with the Goldner Quartet and Hungarian pianist Dénes Várjon.
Tour of New Zealand with British pianist Kathryn Stott for Chamber Music New Zealand.
Performances of Cacti with Royal New Zealand Ballet on their Three by Ekman tour of New Zealand.
Three international tours to Canada, China, Singapore, Netherlands, Slovenia and Germany, including a concert at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing and Festival of the Sound in Ontario.
Dangerous Liaisons national tour of New Zealand celebrating the quartet’s 30th anniversary.
Featured in two concerts during the 44th International Viola Congress in Wellington.
Collaboration with pipa virtuoso extraordinaire Wu Man in Wellington.
30th anniversary concerts in Auckland, Christchurch, and at Government House in Wellington.
Appointment of Monique Lapins as 2nd violinist.
Performances on stage with the Royal New Zealand Ballet in Alexander Ekman’s Cacti.
Concert tour of New Zealand with American jazz pianist Uri Caine for Chamber Music New Zealand
Tour of UK & North America, including concerts at the 2016 Salisbury Festival and Festival of the Sound in Ontario.
12-centre Heartland Classics tour of New Zealand and performance at the newly-opened venue The Piano in Christchurch, as part of the Christopher's Classics series.
Tour of NZ with American violist James Dunham (ex Cleveland Quartet) for Chamber Music New Zealand.
Release of 1st in series of three Brahms CDs on Naxos.
Tour to North America, including concerts at NZ Embassy in Washington, Ottawa Chamber Festival and short residency at Florida State University.
Concert in Hobart, Australia, for Musica Viva Tasmania.
Lilburn complete chamber works for strings CD is released on Naxos.
Multiple performances at the 2015 Adam Chamber Music Festival in Nelson.
Auckland Arts Festival performance of Requiem for the Fallen by Ross Harris, with Voices NZ Chamber Choir, Richard Greager and Horomona Horo.
Two tours for Chamber Music NZ, including the premiere performances of Ross Harris’s Piano Quintet with Stephen de Pledge.
Multiple performances at the Canberra International Chamber Music Festival, Australia.
Helene serves as adjudicator for the 2015 Michael Hill International Violin Competition.
Concert tours of UK & North America, including performances at the Cheltenham Festival, the City of London Festival and Festival of the Sound (Ontario).
Multiple performances around NZ on the Russian Icons tour.
Tour to North American including performances with clarinettist Igor Begelman of multi-media work The Raven and the First Men by Timothy Corlis at University of Winnipeg and at the Clark series at the University of California.
Performances in China at the Body Music conference in Hangzhou, China, celebrating the cross-cultural works of Jack Body and other New Zealand composers.
Douglas Beilman retires from the NZSQ after 26 years.
Appointed Associate Professors at Victoria University of Wellington.
Doug, Helene, and Rolf awarded MNZM for services to NZ music.
World premiere, New Zealand Festival performance of Requiem for the Fallen, a collaborative project with Ross Harris, Vincent O’Sullivan, Choirs Aoteoroa and Horomona Horo.
NZ Festival performance of Tales from the Forbidden City, a collaborative project with the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra Beijing, followed by Chamber Music NZ tour of Tales from the Forbidden City to three national centres.
Body Beautiful tribute concert, including the performance and recording of Jack Body’s works at the New Zealand School of Music.
Performances at Huria Marae, Tauranga for the 150th commemoration of the Battle of Gate Pa.
Tour to North America, including recording of Brahms Quartets in Toronto on the Naxos label and performance at Festival of the Sound.
Invitation concert at Parliament hosted by the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Hon Christopher Finlayson.
Multiple performances in the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Townsville.
Performances at Dunedin Festival, including Ross Harris’s Requiem for the Fallen with Voices NZ Chamber Choir and Gao Ping’s Quintet.
UK concert tour, including performances in Sheffield and Manchester with violist Peter Cropper and at the Leicester International Music Festival.
Multiple performances in the biennial 12th Adam Chamber Music Festival, Nelson.
Performances at the Canberra International Chamber Music Festival, Australia.
Helene Pohl invited to adjudicate on the panel of 2013 Michael Hill International Violin Competition.
Mantis Jazz Project in collaboration with Reuben Bradley, John Psathas, Matt Penman, Roger Manins and James Illingworth, honouring the music of the late Drew Menzies, in Wellington and Nelson Jazz Festivals.
International tour to North America including performances at 5 festivals in Canada, including Festival of the Sound.
Performance in TEDx with taonga pūoro composer Richard Nunns.
Bravo Britten! national tour honouring the centenary of English composer Benjamin Britten’s birth.
Five-day residency at Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.
Groundbreaking tour to Europe and Scandinavia, including first time performances in Sweden.
Partnership project with the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra, ‘Tales from the Forbidden City’, at the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing.
Major national tour of BEETHOVEN! the Complete String Quartets cycle – a three-series tour of New Zealand in partnership with Chamber Music New Zealand and the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts, including live-streaming all six programmes to audiences around the world.
The Kings Place, London project. A week-long series of events in London curated by the New Zealand String Quartet, featuring New Zealand arts and artists.
Four international tours to Ireland, Slovenia, Croatia, Netherlands, South Korea, North America, and UK, including performances at the Jeju Isles Festival in South Korea, UK summer festivals, and Festival of the Sound.
Concerts at the New Zealand Festival of the Arts in Wellington and a collaboration with New Zealand baritone Jonathan Lemalu.
Opening performance at the Leipzig Book Fair as part of the New Zealand as Country of Honour programme for the 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair, in concert with New Zealand soprano Madeleine Pierard.
Residencies in Australia at the International Chamber Music Festival, Canberra and Crossbows Festival, Brisbane.
Performance and recording of the Lyell Cresswell Concerto for String Quartet with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
Released new CD Asian Music for String Quartet on the Naxos label.
Celebrated the New Zealand String Quartet’s 25th Anniversary with an event at New Zealand’s Parliament House.