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 the finest chamber music ensembles at the forefront of New Zealand chamber music.
Founded in 2004, this versatile Wellington-based ensemble is known for its passionate musicality, impressive technique, and multicultural innovation.
In 2009, Haihong Liu, and Zhongxian Jin were joined by well-known New Zealand cellist Robert Ibell. In 2012 Blythe Press joined them as second violin, taking the place of original quartet member, Beiyi Xue. Following Blythe's departure for further study in Europe in 2015 the Quartet is fortunate to be joined by Simeon Broom.
Alongside their busy schedule of orchestral and teaching duties, Aroha is committed to presenting string quartet works from traditional Chinese folk music to western classical and avant-garde repertoire, as well as works for larger forces through collaborations with numerous national and international high-profile musicians.
The Aroha Quartet performs regularly around NZ in centres from the Deep South to the Far North. 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.