South Waikato Music Society

Aroha String Quartet

Aroha String Quartet

Sunday 12 May 2019 2.00pm

The Plaza, Kensington St, Putaruru

Adults $25
Members $20
Students Free
Door Sales Only


Mozart - String Quartet No 17 in B-flat K458 'The Hunt'
Ligeti - String Quartet No 1 'Métamorphoses nocturnes'
Beethoven - String Quartet No 13 in B-flat Op 130


Acclaimed as demonstrating "accomplished brilliance, soulfulness and sublime intensity in perfect balance and tonal unity" (The Dominion Post), the Aroha String Quartet is firmly established as one of New Zealand's finest chamber music ensembles.

Founded in 2004, this versatile Wellington-based quartet is known for its passionate musicality, impressive technique, and multicultural innovation.

Haihong Liu and Zhongxian Jin are original members of the Aroha Quartet. Robert Ibell joined the group in 2009 and Konstanze Artmann in late 2018.

The Aroha Quartet is committed to presenting string quartet works from western classical and avant-garde repertoire to traditional Chinese folk music, as well as works for larger forces through collaborations with numerous high-profile musicians.

The Aroha Quartet performs regularly around NZ in centres from the Deep South to the Far North. In 2014 they performed five concerts as part of Chamber Music New Zealand's Kaleidoscope series. Overseas trips have seen them participate in the prestigious International Summer Academy in Austria in 2010, give concerts and masterclasses in China in 2010 and 2013, and perform at the Huntington Music Festival in Australia in 2011.

The Aroha Quartet runs the annual ASQ International Music Academy, a week-long chamber music course. The fifth ASQ Academy will take place in Wellington from 29 July to 3 August 2019. The Quartet's second ASQ International Academy in Asia will be in Zhongshan, China, in late January 2019.

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Chinese-born NZSO first violinist Haihong Liu is a graduate of the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music in the People's Republic of China, where she won the China National Chamber Music Competition in 1995 with the Beijing String Quartet. As a member of that ensemble she enjoyed a varied international career of concerts, festivals, and competitions throughout China, as well as major cities in Asia and Europe.

After six years teaching as a violin and chamber music lecturer at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music of Guangzhou, Haihong emigrated to New Zealand with her family in 2001, initially joining the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra as sub-principal first violin, and moving to the NZSO in 2002.

With the Aroha String Quartet Haihong enjoys a varied and energetic musical life, touring nationwide.

Konstanze Artmann (violin) was born and raised in Germany. Her violin studies included teaching and performance diplomas at the Higher College of Music in Salzburg (Austria) and at the Utrechts Conservatorium in Utrecht (The Netherlands). She also undertook postgraduate study with Isabelle van Keulen at the Koninklijk Conservatorium at The Hague (The Netherlands).  Since completing her studies, Konstanze has worked professionally in Germany, Austria and The Netherlands in various orchestras and chamber music ensembles before coming to live in Wellington with her NZ husband in December 2007. She currently holds the position of principal second violin in Orchestra Wellington and teaches violin at her own studio.

Zhongxian Jin is a sought after violin teacher with studios in both Wellington and Auckland. He travels regularly to China and Taiwan for festivals, masterclasses and coaching chamber ensemble and string orchestras.

Before moving to live in New Zealand with his family in 2001, Zhongxian was a violin professor for 16 years at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou, China.

Zhongxian has been the violist of the Aroha String Quartet since its inception in 2004.

Robert Ibell was born in Dannevirke and brought up in Palmerston North. While training there as a school teacher he learned cello from Judith Hyatt in Wellington.

From 1986 to 1992 Robert lived in London, studying cello with Tania Hunt, Derek Simpson and Christopher Bunting. He played at music schools and in masterclasses (where his teachers included Alexander Baillie, Steve Doane, Anner Bylsma and Steven Isserlis), taught, gave recitals and played in professional and amateur orchestras.

Since 1993 Robert has been a member of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. He is also an experienced chamber musician. Formerly the cellist of the Nevine Quartet, Robert has been a member of the Aroha Quartet since 2009. He also plays in contemporary music group Stroma and fortepiano/cello duo Hammers & Horsehair, and is a Recording Artist for Radio NZ Concert.


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