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Rotorua Music Federation presents Faust Quartet

Rotorua Music Federation presents Faust Quartet

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  • Wed 10 Sep ’14, 7:30pm


Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre, 1170 Fenton St, Rotorua


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $30.00
  • Student (18-25yrs): $15.00
  • Child (with adult ticket holder): $0.00

The Faust Quartet is one of the most promising young string quartets in Europe; New Zealander Simone Roggen, graduate of the University of Auckland and the Lucerne Conservatory in Switzerland is their lead violinist. Founded in 1996, the Quartet swept through the European competition circuit; successes included winning second prize at the 2004 ARD International Competition in Munich. Since then they have been developing an increasingly busy performance schedule around Europe. This concert takes place at the Concert Chamber, Rotorua Convention Centre on Wednesday 10 September at 7.30pm, presented by the Rotorua Music Federation.

The programme showcases masterworks from the heart of the string quartet repertoire. Ushering in the set of three great string quartets Schubert wrote at the end of his life, Quartettsatz is a powerful movement that was originally intended to be the first movement of a full quartet. It is not known why Schubert never completed the work, but the movement he did write is a masterpiece. Mythological images of the horse are central to Winkelmann’s Quadriga (2011) - a demanding work full of contrasts. Completing the programme is Schubert’s 'Death and the Maiden' exploring the unremitting struggle between life and death.

Whilst at school in New Zealand, Simone Roggen was a NZCT Chamber Music Contest national winner on two occasions. In 2004 she left for study in Switzerland, and then spent several years travelling around Europe as a soloist and chamber musician, playing in a variety of different ensembles including Spira mirabilis, the Geneva Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana.

Following their New Zealand tour the Faust Quartet will be performing at the Sydney Chamber Music Festival.

Presented by: Rotorua Music Federation

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