Chamber Music New Zealand is continuing to provide support and development opportunities to emerging string quartets through a partnership with the Adams Chamber Music Festival (Nelson). In 2017 we toured the Troubadour Quartet who delighted audiences around the country. Similarly, the four young players this year shall be mentored by the NZSQ and appear as young artists in the 2019 Adam Chamber Music Festival ahead of their tour.
Their programme includes the unashamedly cheerful string quartet that Dvořák wrote on returning to his Bohemian homeland from the USA. Another distinctly nationalistic work is the ‘Emperor’ quartet, so named for Haydn’s use of the tune he wrote for his patron, that is now familiar as the national anthem of modern Germany. A third distinctive voice comes from our own Gareth Farr, whose turbulent string quartet Te Tai-O-Rehua translates from Te Reo Māori as ‘The Tasman Sea’.