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.