Aroha String Quartet

7th October 2018

One of New Zealand’s finest chamber music ensembles, the Wellington-based Aroha String Quartet are back to perform at the 4th Wall 

Their dynamic Light & Dark programme explores a wide range of moods and sound worlds. 

Aroha Quartet first violinist Haihong Lius said “Our Light & Dark programme takes the audience on a journey from light, to dark and back again. We love how these four pieces show the power of music to represent and evoke human emotions.”

The concert begins with the warmth and brightness of Haydn’s “Emperor” Quartet Op 76 No 3, with its famous variations on an anthem he wrote for Kaiser Franz II. It then enters the pulsating, elegaic world of Ross Carey’s evocative Toccatina.

The dark, sardonic mood of Shostakovich's String Quartet No 11 Op 122, a profound work in seven short movements, is swept away by the final work, Dvorak’s gorgeous, much-loved “American” Quartet Op 96.

Founded in 2004 and acclaimed as demonstrating "accomplished brilliance, soulfulness and sublime intensity in perfect balance and tonal unity" (The Dominion Post), the Aroha String Quartet is  known for its passionate musicality, impressive technique, and multicultural innovation.

This concert is part of a thirteen-concert series the Aroha Quartet is performing around New Zealand in 2018.


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 Ursula Evans in 2017. Due to the recurrence of an old injury, Ursula Evans is replaced by NZSO First Violinist Anne Loeser for this performance.

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.



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$15:00 Seniors
$5:00   Students under 18

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