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QUARTZ Violin Quartet Presents: IMPRESSIONS | Ashburton

QUARTZ Violin Quartet Presents: IMPRESSIONS | Ashburton

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  • Sat 16 Jul, 3:00pm – 4:00pm


The Sinclair Centre, 74 Park Street, Ashburton


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $28.62
  • Concession: $23.00
  • Student: $10.25
  • Child (12 & under): $0.00


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IMPRESSIONS will feature Violin Quartets by Telemann, Hofmann, Massa, Bohm, Dancla, Kurano, and a new commissioned work by NZ composer Oscar Kersey.
The concert will be presented in Timaru, Wanaka, Dunedin, Oamaru, Waimate, Ashburton, Christchurch, Moana, Porirua, and Greytown.


Georg Philipp Telemann - Concerto for Four Violins, No.2 TWV 40:202
Carl Bohm - Violin Quartet
Oscar Kersey - Minuet in D major for Violin Quartet
Richard Hofmann - Violin Quartet, Op.98
Charles Dancla - Recueillement
Rakuto Kurano - SNOW for Violin Quartet
Juan Bautista Massa - Violin Quartet

Tickets also available at the door (cash only)

With support from the Ashburton District Council Creative Communities Scheme.
Core Tour Supporter: Magic Carpet Music Trust
Wine Sponsor: Maude Wines

QUARTZ Violin Quartet:

The QUARTZ Violin Quartet consists of violinists Rakuto Kurano, Henry Nicholson, Mekaela Fleener, & Aya McLarty.

22-year-old award-winning musician Rakuto Kurano is a versatile performer & composer.
Described as a musician with “flair and panache” by the Christchurch Mail, Kurano has stunned audiences around the country with his unique energetic & virtuosic playing style. He has completed numerous concert tours around the country performing on violin, viola, baroque viola, & piano; currently averaging 60 performances a year.
As a strong supporter of New Zealand music, he has commissioned four young New Zealand composers and has performed works by over 40 unique New Zealand composers to date.
Kurano is currently Artist in Residence at the Aspiring Lifestyle Village in Wanaka.

Henry Nicholson is a New Zealand violinist, conductor and Artistic Director.
Henry performs in various styles but has a special focus on 16/17th century experimental renaissance and baroque works, and contemporary compositions by living composers.
He is currently studying a Master of Music majoring in performance violin and conducting with Professor Mark Menzies and Associate Professor Justin DeHart at the University of Canterbury.
He was appointed Musical Director of Risingholme Singers in 2019 and Assistant Conductor of the Christchurch Youth Orchestra the following year. In both 2020 & 2021, he was invited as a conductor & violinist to the CANZ (Composers Association of New Zealand) Nelson Composers Workshop.

Mekaela Fleener has established herself as a versatile and community focused musician in Christchurch.
She performs in numerous chamber ensembles and has made several appearances with the Baroque Music Community and Educational Trust of New Zealand.
She has also been active in the new music scene, frequently collaborating with and premiering new music by New Zealand composers and has recent experience with professional recordings of new music. She is active in her community as a music teacher and as an intern with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and looks to begin her role as Music Therapy Assistant at Southern Music Therapy. Mekaela is in her final year of a Bachelor of Music in performance violin at the University of Canterbury under the tuition of Professor Mark Menzies.

Japanese-Jamaican violinist and trombonist Aya McLarty has been active in New Zealand as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician on both instruments.
She has made appearances in countless festivals as a violinist & jazz trombonist. Her ensembles have gone ahead to win prizes at national competitions including the Southern Jam Jazz Festival.
As a chamber musician, she has performed in many locations across the South Island as both a soloist and ensemble player. In 2020, she was appointed the concertmaster position of the Middleton Grange Senior Orchestra and led the orchestra to great acclaim.
In 2021, she was admitted to the University of Canterbury School of Music on a double scholarship and is currently in her second year studying with Professor Mark Menzies.

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