NZ String Quartet

NZ String Quartet

St Paul's at One

Rejoice in Beethoven’s charismatic and distinctive music, played heart and soul by New Zealand’s most acclaimed chamber music group. As New Zealand String Quartet, Helene Pohl (1st violin), Monique Lapins (2nd violin), Gillian Ansell (viola), and Rolf Gjelsten (cello) perform around 80 concerts each year at home and abroad, alongside equally as many education concerts, workshops and masterclasses. Recent tours include Canada, USA, UK, Germany, Netherlands, China, Mexico and Australia as well as appearances at London’s Wigmore Hall, New York’s Frick Collection and Washington’s Library of Congress. Don’t miss this chance to hear works that show Beethoven from brilliant classicist to daring modernist.

On the curator

One of New Zealand’s leading sopranos, Anna Leese, takes on a curatorial role with this series of afternoon concerts in the glorious surrounds and acoustics of St Paul’s Cathedral. Over five days, the concerts feature some of our most accomplished performers in song, piano, taonga pūoro and strings, as well as a special interactive event for the littlies in our lives.

After studying at University of Otago and winning the 2002 Mobil Song Quest, soprano Anna Leese was furthering her studies in London when she made her debut in 2005 at Royal Opera House Covent Garden (ROH) as Tamiri in Mozart’s Il re pastore. The ROH then invited her to understudy the Musetta in Puccini’s La bohème. She returned to the role, among several others, in her own right in 2008 on the main stage. Regarded as a rising star on the international opera stage, Anna has performed in numerous operatic roles throughout Europe, Canada, China and New Zealand. She has sung with performance greats including Andrea Bocelli, Jose Carreras and Dame Kiri te Kanawa.


Sat 10th April, 1.00pm


St Paul's Cathedral


50 minutes, no interval


Full $20
Early Bird $15
Under 19 $15
Senior $15
Group of 6+ $15
plus service fees