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October Touring 2019

Right now, we’re in Vienna, where we’re performing TONIGHT with fellow NZ-based cellist Martin Rummel. It’s our first time performing in this chamber music haven, and the ideal opportunity to pay homage to Viennese composer Franz Schubert with his String Quintet in C Major - not to mention place music by New Zealand composers Jack Body and Ross Harris under the limelight. 

While we’re in Vienna, we’ve been meeting with string developers at Thomastik-Infeld, our newest patron, to test some of their strings. Finding a balance of sweetness, brilliance, articulation is all part of the never-ending quest to create the perfect sound palette – from the transcendental notes of Beethoven and the wild dances of Bartok, to the bird calls and mountainous landscapes of New Zealand music – and bring out the best qualities of our instruments. Keep your ears peeled for the results!

Monique tests strings with Thomastik-Infeld's string scientist and Head of String Development, Franz Klanner

We arrived in Europe via the USA, where we performed earlier this month in Oregon as part of the Ashland Series, before workshops and concerts as visiting artists at the University of North Texas. What a great bunch of students we coached!