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Puertas Quartet (UK): Residency Recital

Puertas Quartet (UK): Residency Recital

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  • Sun 1 May ’11, 5:00pm


The University of Auckland Music Theatre, 6 Symonds Street, Auckland CBD


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Full price: $30.00
  • Concessions: $15.00

Staff and guests: Puertas Quartet (England) – residency recital.

Ellie Fagg - violin, Tom Norris - violin, Julia McCarthy - viola, Andrew Joyce - cello, Stephen De Pledge - piano

Haydn - "String Quartet in F, Op. 77, No. 2"
Zemlinsky - "String Quartet No.4, Op. 25"
Elgar - "Piano Quintet in A minor, Op. 84"

The Puertas Quartet:
The Puertas Quartet was formed in 2009 following a request for the performers to unite for a recital of works including Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14 in D minor “Death and the Maiden”. Within the space of six months the newly formed quartet reached the semi-finals of the International Bordeaux String Quartet Competition, the only British quartet to do so.

Having performed and worked together in different guises over the past 15 years, the quartet share similar musical backgrounds and ideals. The Puertas Quartet were invited to give a series of ten quartet recitals as part of a chamber music festival aboard a luxury cruise ship, an experience which cemented their musical partnership and their passions for the future as a quartet.

As a result of these concerts the group were invited to perform as Quartet in Residence for the 2010 Hendon Music Festival and for various music societies across the United Kingdom. The members of the quartet, graduates of the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, have studied with such eminent musicians as Eric Hobarth, Lorand Fenyves, Andras Keller, Rainer Schmidt, Walter Levin and Alban Berg, and regularly perform principal roles in London orchestras.

Cellist, Andrew Joyce was recently appointed to Principal Cello of the NZSO and his wife Julia is currently on trial for the orchestra's Principal Viola position. Tom Norris is Co-Principal Second Violin with the London Symphony Orchestra and his wife Ellie is on trial for both violin sections there. The Puertas Quartet make their début in New Zealand with plans to return in 2012 & 2013.

Stephen De Pledge:
New Zealand pianist Stephen De Pledge is one of the most exciting and versatile musicians of his generation. He studied at The University of Auckland, and then with Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. His career was launched after winning the Gold Medal from the Guildhall, and the NFMS Young Concert Artists’ Award, and he has since maintained a diverse and wide-ranging performing schedule, as soloist, chamber musician and song accompanist.

Stephen’s solo performances have taken him throughout the UK, including five solo recitals in the Wigmore Hall in London, where he made his acclaimed debut in 1999. He has also given solo performances in Hong Kong, Italy, France, Singapore, Japan, Australia and the USA. Concerto appearances include the Philharmonia (London) and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras, and performances in the Barbican and Fairfield Halls.

He has recorded solo works of Bliss, Messiaen and Arvo Pärt, for whom he made the world premiere recording of the piano sonatinas. He also made the premiere recording of the 4 Piano Preludes of Gorecki. As a chamber musician, Stephen has collaborated with groups such as Chamber Domaine, the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, the English Chamber Orchestra Ensemble and the Scottish Ensemble.

Recent chamber music performances have been in New York, Dresden, Bogotà, Shanghai, Paris and Beijing, and he has performed at many international festivals in the UK and abroad. Stephen De Pledge is Senior Lecturer in piano at the School of Music.

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