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Aroha String Quartet


Sun 18 May 2014, 2:30pm

Where: Waikanae Memorial Hall, 7 Pehi Kupa St, Waikanae, Kapiti Coast

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Public: $30.00
  • WMS Members: $20.00
  • Students under 25: $5.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Related Artists:

Aroha String Quartet in Waikanae.

Mozart - String Quartet No 1 in G Major (K 80)
Sam Piper - Dance of the Sidhe
Zhou Long - Eight Chinese Folk Songs
Schubert - String Quartet No 15 in G Major (D 887)

The Waikanae Music Society’s concert on Sunday 18 May will feature the Aroha String Quartet. The quartet is one of New Zealand’s best-known ensembles whose enthusiasm and verve have charmed the audience at previous Waikanae appearances.

This year is the 10th anniversary of the quartet and over that time they have developed a following both in New Zealand and overseas. Invitations to perform abroad include the International Chamber Music Festival in Reichenau, the prestigious Huntington Festival in Australia and two tours to China, most recently in December 2013. Later this year they will tour as part of Chamber Music New Zealand’s “Celebrity Season”.

The quartet was formed in 2004 by a group of Chinese friends, all professional musicians living in Wellington. Since that time two of the original members have left, and first violinist Haihong Liu (who also plays in the NZSO) and violist Zhongxian Jin (who teaches at the NZ School of Muisc) have been joined by cellist Robert Ibell (also NZSO) and more recently by second violinist Blythe Press. Blythe is well-known locally having grown up in Kapiti and having featured in many Kapiti concerts from the time he was very young. Now, returned from study overseas, he also plays with the NZSO.

The quartet’s programme for Waikanae features works by Mozart and Schubert which could scarcely be more contrasted. The Mozart is an early composition filled with light-hearted playfulness, while the Schubert is his final quartet, a momentous composition of soul-searching intensity. Between these two works by the great masters are two additional items - Dance of the Sidhe by young NZ composer Sam Piper and Eight Chinese Folk Tunes by Chinese composer Zhou Long.

The concert, in the Waikanae Memorial Hall, starts at 2.30pm. Door sales will be available or tickets can be bought at Waikanae New World, Moby Dickens Books (Paraparaumu Beach) or Lush design Gallery in Raumati.

Enquiries are welcome on 04 905 6070 or visit