The New Zealand String Quartet will return to Warkworth for the first time since appointing its dynamic new second violin, Monique Lapins.
The quartet will also bring along a centuries-old viola made by world famous luthier Nicolò Amati.
The viola was made in Cremona, Italy, in 1619 and is on indefinite loan from the Adam Foundation.
The quartet is renowned for its versatility and has collaborated with musicians from around the world, playing a range of classical, jazz and world music genres.
They will perform a diverse programme featuring favourites from Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Shostakovich, as well as the work Bai sanxian, by New Zealand composer Jack Body.
For more than 30 years, the quartet has been one of the world’s leading professional string quartets, playing hundreds of concerts in New Zealand and overseas, teaching several generations of players and building up an impressive collection of albums.
Much loved by local audiences, the quartet has also performed to great acclaim in London’s Wigmore Hall and the City of London Festival.
In New York, the quartet played at the Frick Collection art museum and in Washington’s Library of Congress Coolidge Auditorium.
Besides Monique Lapins, the other members of the group are Helene Pohl, Gillian Ansell and Rolf Gjelsten.
The concert will be held at the Warkworth Town Hall on Saturday, April 27 at 4pm. Tickets are $35 at the door and school students are free.