New Zealand String Quartet – Soundscapes

Join the internationally acclaimed New Zealand String Quartet (NZSQ) for an evening of exquisite chamber music as part of its 2024 season Soundscapes.

This performance marks the final opportunity for Nelson audiences to experience the current lineup of the quartet before the NZSQ bids a fond farewell to much-loved second violinist, Monique Lapins, who will soon embark on new artistic endeavours.


  • Leonie Holmes, Fragment II
  • Shostakovich No.14
  • Brahms No. 3 in B flat major, Op. 67

Leonie Holmes’ Fragment II is a whimsical exploration of a ‘fragment’, a three-note passage introduced by the cello, which builds in tension. The use of wide intervals and augmented harmonies create an atmosphere of beauty and poignancy.

Shostakovich’s 14th string quartet is a deeply contemplative work, characterized by its stark emotional intensity, exploring themes of mortality and anguish through its haunting melodies and sparse textures.

The beautifully balanced programme is rounded off with Brahms No.3 in B flat major, Op. 67 – a rich and melodic exploration of classical form and Romantic sentiment.

Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the current line-up of the NZSQ for a final time in an evening of musical brilliance and fond farewells.

May 19
7:00 pm
Nelson Centre of Musical Arts

$5 – $45

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Nelson Centre of Musical Arts

48 Nile St
Nelson, 7010 New Zealand

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