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Christopher's Classics: New Zealand String Quartet

Christopher's Classics: New Zealand String Quartet

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  • Thu 1 Sep ’11, 8:00pm – 9:45pm


St Michael & All Angels Church, 84 Oxford Tce, Christchurch


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $40.00
  • Full-time student: $15.00

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New Zealand String Quartet

To mark the Liszt bi-centenary this year, the New Zealand String Quartet is bringing outstanding Hungarian pianist Péter Nagy to New Zealand for a national tour of music by Liszt, Brahms, Beethoven, Bartok, Dohnanyi and Ligeti. Christopher’s Classics is proud to present their Christchurch concert.

Programme - “Hungarian Rhapsodies”

Dohnanyi – Piano Quintet No. 2 in E♭ minor, Op. 26
Ligeti – String Quartet No 1 (‘Métamorphoses nocturnes’)
Brahms – Piano Quartet No 1 in G minor Op. 25

- New Zealand String Quartet:

Helene Pohl, first violin; Douglas Beilman, second violin; Gillian Ansell, viola; Rolf Gjelsten, cello

With its dynamic performing style, eloquent communication and beautiful sound the New Zealand String Quartet has forged a major career in the busy international chamber music field, earning the acclaim of critics and the delighted response of audiences. The Quartet has particularly distinguished itself through imaginative programming, insightful interpretations of the string quartet repertoire including cycles of composers’ music from Mozart to Berg, and the development of an international audience for important new works from New Zealand composers.

- Péter Nagy

Nagy, a graduate of the famous Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest and winner of the prestigious Liszt Award in 2001, has a remarkable international career as soloist and chamber music and is also active as a teacher, holding positions as Head of the Piano Department at the Liszt Academy in Budapest and Professor of Piano at the Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart. He last toured with the New Zealand String Quartet in 2006 in the Magical Mozart Tour, when he was based at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch.

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