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Aroha String Quartet


Sat 25 Oct 2014, 7:30pm–9:30pm

Where: Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, Gate 2B, Knighton Rd, University of Waikato, Hamilton, Waikato

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $50.00
  • Child: $10.00
  • Student Rush (on the day): $15.00
  • Additional fees may apply


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Listed by: CMNZ

“Rarely have I heard a string quartet produce such breathtakingly gorgeous, mellow, velvety sound” - MusicWeb International

Haihong Liu, violin
Blythe Press, violin
Zhongxian Jin, viola
Robert Ibell, cello

Traditional Chinese folk music is paired with colourful masterworks from one of New Zealand’s brightest young ensembles.

The Aroha String Quartet celebrates 10 years together this year and over that time have developed an international following as well as huge acclaim from critics and audiences the length and breadth of New Zealand.

Their success lies in their combined wealth of experience. Three of them play with the NZSO - the youngest and newest member, Blythe Press, won a contract with the orchestra almost immediately on his return from overseas. The two founding members are some of China’s most successful chamber musicians, professors for many years at the prestigious Xinghai Conservatory in Canton, and members of the Beijing and Quartet Star quartets. Finally, Robert Ibell is one of this country’s finest cellists.

The Aroha Quartet formed in Te Aroha in 2004 and they have performed internationally at the ISA International Chamber Music Festival in Reichenau, the prestigious Huntington Festival with Musica Viva in Australia, and their second tour to China in December 2013.

True to their Chinese roots, they include in this programme their surprising and delightful takes on traditional Chinese folk music, as well as masterworks of the repertoire - the A major quartet from Beethoven’s Op 18; Ravel's glorious quartet and the first and happiest quartet from Shostakovich, who said “I visualised childhood scenes, and somewhat naïve and bright moods, associated with spring.”

Beethoven | String Quartet in A Op 18 № 5
Shostakovich | String Quartet № 1
Traditional Chinese works
Ravel | String Quartet in F

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