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2019 Adam Chamber Music Festival

The biennial Adam Chamber Music Festival returns to Nelson from January 31 - February 9 2019, bringing with it a feast of chamber music spread over ten glorious days in the delightful surrounds of sunny Nelson. An excitingly different concert programme with International artists joining New Zealand’s best to perform in beautiful venues renowned for their acoustics. All staged in the scenic resort town of Nelson – famous for it’s wine, seafood and wild places.

The New Zealand String Quartet plays a major part in this festival both as performers and through the artistic co-directorship of our first violinist Helene Pohl and violist Gillian Ansell. The festival features international guest artists as well as leading New Zealand artists performing exciting chamber music works, many made possible by the musical collaborations created during the festival.


Adam Chamber Music Festival 2019 The NZSQ, or members of NZSQ, are featured in 14 different concerts over the 10-day Adam Chamber Music Festival. Details of these concerts can be found below and further details of the programme can be found here. Thursday 31st January

Gala Dinner Come together over a gourmet meal, served with a musical taster menu of coming Festival attractions! Say hello to old and new musical friends and dive into the special Festival Universe.

A surprise selection from the Festival programme. 

Featuring Helen Pohl (violin), Monique Lapins (violin), Gillian Ansell (viola), Rolf Gjelsten (cello), Alexander Pavlovsky (violin), Sergei Bresler (violin), Ori Kam (viola), Kyril Zlotnikov (cello), Nikki Chooi (violin), Samuel Jacobs (horn) Friday 1st February

Grand Opening Concert Opening the festival with a fanfare, Mozart's witty horn quintet is a real crowd-pleaser, followed by late Brahms at his most poignant in the hands of Dénes Várjon. We introduce our two stunning violin soloists Anthony Marwood and Nikki Chooi in Prokofiev and close with members of the Jerusalem Quartet plus Gillian in a thrilling rendition of Brahms' great quintet.

Mozart - Horn Quintet in E-flat major, K. 407 Brahms - Intermezzi op. 118 nos. 1, 2 and 6 Prokofiev - Sonata for 2 violins op. 56 Brahms - String Quintet no.2 in G op. 111

Featuring Helen Pohl (violin), Monique Lapins (violin), Gillian Ansell (viola), Rolf Gjelsten (cello), Sam Jacobs (horn), Dénes Várjon (piano), Anthony Marwood and Nikki Chooi (violins), Alexander Pavlovsky (violin), Sergei Bresler (violin), Ori Kam (viola), Kyril Zlotnikov (cello) Saturday 2nd February

Hungary for Bartók Why is Bartók at the top of the list of many musicians' favourite composers? Join us in this special Conversation Concert to find out! Lift the lid on the inner workings of his piano works, the 2nd Violin Sonata, and the 5th Quartet.

Featuring Helene Pohl (compere), Monique Lapins (violin),  Dénes Várjon (piano), Alexander Pavlovsky (violin), Sergei Bresler (violin), Ori Kam (viola), Kyril Zlotnikov (cello)

Romantic Colours Introducing Thomas Hutchinson, NZ's wunderkind oboist, prizewinner at the 2017 Munich Competition and recently appointed Associate Principal Oboe of the Melbourne Sym