New Zealand Guitar Quartet

I was privileged to hear the NZGQ perform in June at Pataka in their winter series of concerts. I was so impressed with the quality of their performance – it was just superb!
Jenny Brash - Pataka
"...capturing the essence of Spain without sentimentality, or any sort of expressionist excess; their perfect ensemble was exposed for all to hear..."
Lindis Taylor (Middle C), 2013
"...The audience was enthralled and responsive to the groups professional musicianship and relaxed stage presence. The whole effect being an evening of sublime musical entertainment..."
Shaun Purkiss, Whangarei
"...the arrangement of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No.3 was scintillating..."
Hanno Fairburn, Rotorua 2013
...the concert culminated in foot-stomping requests for encores.
Dr John Spicer, President, Motueka Music Group
"..They put a wealth of expression and vibrancy into their playing..."
Hanno Fairburn, Rotorua 2013
“…the three pieces by de Falla offered a wonderful display of the finesse and virtuosity of the quartet…”
Lindis Taylor (Middle C), 2013
"...I left the Festival Club convinced that the New Zealand Guitar Quartet is undoubtedly one of the treasures of New Zealand Music..."
Christchurch Arts Festival, 2013
...the ensemble's rendition of the individual lines brought so many deliciously-phrased strands of delight together with impeccable balance and osmotic teamwork.
Middle C, March 2011
"...The New Zealand Guitar Quartet revealed itself as one of the treasures of New Zealand Music this afternoon to a full Christchurch Arts Festival Audience..."
Christchurch Arts Festival
“…the quartet inspired its audience with musical gems ranging from Brazilian to Spanish Guitar and back again, as well as works from the classical era to contemporary New Zealand music. These were presented with technical brilliance and emotional depth…”
Christchurch Arts Festival
...nothing less than extraordinary... made possible by the virtuoso abilities of each guitarist and their superb ensemble playing.
Dr John Spicer, President, Motueka Music Group
“…The talented foursome made their guitars sing,…”
Northland Age, Kaitaia
I was so impressed with the quality of their performance – it was just superb!
Jenny Brash - Pataka
"...they applauded till they were granted a fiery Tarantella encore,... It was a fitting end to a wonderful evening’s music making by and ensemble that is a huge asset to the Kiwi music scene..."
Frances Robinson (Middle C), Wellington, New Zealand
I couldn't praise too highly the group's realization of the sixth of JS Bach's Brandenburg Concerti.
Middle C, March 2011
"...The warm, yet clear, acoustics showcased the players’ complete technical mastery of their instruments,..."
Frances Robinson (Middle C), Wellington, New Zealand
“….They delivered a superb concert, dazzling with virtuosity and musicianship…”
Shaun Purkiss, Whangarei
In true Baroque fashion, [Brandenburg Concerti] translated into the new instrumental medium as if fitting a perfectly-tailored glove...
Middle C, March 2011
"...The New Zealand work by Craig Utting was a perfect gem,..."
Frances Robinson (Middle C), Wellington, New Zealand
"...it is astonishing how relaxed and easy the quartet made everything look...."
Christchurch Arts Festival, 2013
I have heard many concert performances over the years and rate this group amongst the best.
Rod Capper, President of the Classical Guitar Society of Auckland
“…This mix of arrangements of well-loved music and attractive contemporary pieces specially composed for guitar quartet makes a very satisfactory concert programme, and offers a fine opportunity to enjoy this highly accomplished, world-class ensemble,…”
Lindis Taylor (Middle C), 2013
The audience response to each piece was enormously enthusiastic, and the concert culminated in foot-stomping requests for encores.
Dr John Spicer, President, Motueka Music Group

About

Formed in Wellington in 2010, the New Zealand Guitar Quartet is quickly developing a following around the country with invitations to perform both locally and overseas. Career highlights include the New Zealand premiere of the Concerto Andaluz by Joaquin Rodrigo with the Nelson Symphony, busy tour schedules with Chamber Music NZ and Arts on Tour, and concerts in various festivals.

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Biographies

Owen Moriarty, Tim Watanabe, Chris Hill and Jane Curry have garnered acclaim as soloists on concert stages around the world and in a multitude of international guitar competitions, with each member contributing their individual strengths toward an exciting, dynamic and engaging ensemble.

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Concerts

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National Radio Live Performance

Originally aired on New Zealand Live, Friday 24 October 2014.   Source: National...

Cumba-Quin

NZGQ perform “Cumba-Quin” by the fabulous composer Carlos Rafael Rivera....

Concierto Andaluz, I. Tiempo de Bolero

Concierto Andaluz, I. Tiempo de Bolero. NZ Guitar Quartet perform the New Zealand...

Concierto Andaluz, II. Adagio

Concierto Andaluz, II. Adagio. NZ Guitar Quartet perform the New Zealand premier of...

Concierto Andaluz, III. Allegretto

Concierto Andaluz, III. Allegretto. NZ Guitar Quartet perform the New Zealand premier of...

Sarajevo Nights

NZGQ Perform “Sarajevo Nights” by the brilliant Almer Imamovic, originally...

Onslow Suite

NZGQ Perform the 2nd movement of Craig Utting’s Onslow College Suite. Performance...