New Zealand String Quartet. Courtesy: Bruce Foster
New Zealand String Quartet. Courtesy: Bruce Foster

New Zealand String Quartet with Diane Walsh (piano) Event as iCalendar

(Creative Events, Music)

16 March 2018

1 - 2pm

Venue: Music Theatre, School of Music

Location: 6 Symonds Street, Auckland Central

Host: School of Music

Cost: Free admission, registrations not required

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We are delighted to welcome globally acclaimed ensemble the New Zealand String Quartet , with award-winning US pianist Diane Walsh, to perform in a very special lunchtime concert at the School of Music. 

New Zealand String Quartet: biography

Celebrating its 30th season in 2017, the Quartet has established an international reputation for its insightful interpretations, compelling communication, and dynamic performing style. The Quartet is known for its imaginative programming and its powerful connection with audiences of all kinds. Over the decades they have cultivated a rich repertoire, including a wide variety of New Zealand music, composers' cycles from Beethoven to Bartok, Mozart to Berg, in addition to theatrical presentations on musical topics ranging from Haydn’s Seven Last Words to Janacek's Kreutzer Sonata.

The group's extensive discography includes all the quartets by Mendelssohn, Bartok and Berg, many New Zealand compositions, works by Ravel, Debussy, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Dvorak, Wolf, and the premiere recording of the remarkable Zoltan Szekely quartet.

The Quartet is committed to the development of young musicians and composers through its work as Quartet-in-Residence at the New Zealand School of Music at Victoria University, where three of the members are Associate Professors. They also enjoy presenting masterclasses across the world, and run the annual Adam Summer School for Chamber Music in Nelson, in addition to a chamber music course for secondary school students each year on Queen’s Birthday weekend. 

Full bio here.


Diane Walsh: biography

Since making her New York recital debut at the Young Concert Artists series, American pianist Diane Walsh has toured the globe with performances in forty-six of the fifty US states, and in twenty-one other countries. Highlights include recitals at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie, Merkin Concert Hall, Kaufmann Auditorium and Miller Theatre in New York City; the Kennedy Center in Washington, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Philharmonia Great Hall in St. Petersburg, and the Rudolfinum Dvorák Hall in Prague.

Diane has released eighteen recordings of diverse repertoire for labels including Bridge, Newport, Sony, Nonesuch, Koch, Stereophile, CRI, Jonathan Digital and Naxos. Her latest recording, Bach Suites, includes a French Suite, English Suite and Partita by J. S. Bach. She holds degrees from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Irwin Freundlich, and from the Mannes College of Music, where she studied with Richard Goode. She is also a Steinway Artist.

Formerly associate professor at Mannes College of Music in New York for 32 years, in 2015 Diane was a visiting artist at Colby College. She currently lives in Portland, Maine with her husband, the writer Richard Pollak.


Helene Pohl
First violin

Monique Lapins
Second Violin

Gillian Ansell

Rolf Gjelsten

Diane Walsh



Franz Schubert      String Quartet No. 12 in C Minor, D 703 (Quatettsatz)
1797-18 28             Allegro assai


Sir Edward Elgar    Quintet for piano and string quartet in A Minor, Op. 84
1857-1934               Modertato - Allegro
                               Andante - Allegro