"The week was full of intensity, emotion, passion, and learning. Inspiring, encouraging and challenging.” 

- Adam Summer School Student


8-16 February 2020 | An unrivalled opportunity to learn from the very best

The annual Adam Summer School is presented by the New Zealand String Quartet and held in Nelson each February. It is generously sponsored by the Adam Foundation, and provides the opportunity for up to 30 talented young string players and pianists to commit themselves to eight days of intense chamber music-making under the guidance of the New Zealand String Quartet and guest pianist-in-residence, Diedre Irons.

In the balmy setting of mid-summer Nelson, students will:

  • Benefit from world class coaching from New Zealand’s best chamber musicians

  • Be inspired by an intense period of music-making

  • Work with the best of their peers from throughout New Zealand

  • Participate in daily masterclasses

  • Perform a major chamber music work following their week of in-depth study

The course is fully residential with hostel accommodation provided by Tasman Bay Backpackers. All main meals are provided.

Participants have one two-hour group coaching session each day. Opportunities for individual instrument tuition from the tutors have also been built into the daily schedule.

Two Finale Concerts take place at the conclusion of the school featuring each group's performance.

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Being transported to another space in my mind had to be one of the most educational, eye-opening, inspirational and surprising moments of my life.

Finale Concert Audience Member


The New Zealand String Quartet gratefully acknowledges its sponsors and funders

©2020 by New Zealand String Quartet Trust

New Zealand String Quartet

04-499 8883

90 The Terrace, Wellington 6011, New Zealand

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