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Kiwa String Quartet in Waikanae
17 July, 2017
The members of the Kiwa String Quartet are: L - R Sophia Acheson (viola), Malavika Gopal (violin and leader), Ken Ichinose (cello) and Alan Molina (violin)

The highly regarded Kiwa String Quartet will be performing in Waikanae on July 30 at 2.30pm at the Waikanae Memorial Hall, Pehi Kupa Street.


Programme:
Beethoven: String Quartet Opus 18, No 6
John Adams: Excerpts from John's Book of Alleged Dances
Gareth Farr: Mondo Rondo
Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No 1, Opus 11

The Kiwa String Quartet was formed in 2015 by Malavika Gopal as part of a project supported by a Professional Development Grant awarded to her by the NZSO. The Quartet's aim is to present the core masterpieces of the repertoire side by side with contemporary and ethnic music. This concert meets that criteria brilliantly with two beautiful and well-loved quartets by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky alongside the music of New Zealand's Gareth Farr and a brief adventurous taste of American minimalist composer John Adams with excerpts from "John's Book of Alleged Dances".

Members of the quartet have widely diverse international backgrounds. Originally from Wellington, Malavika studied in Auckland, Boston and then Switzerland with numerous successes before returning to New Zealand to join the first violins of the NZSO. Alan Molina comes to us via Indiana, San Francisco and the New World Symphony, followed by the Charleston Symphony before moving to New Zealand. Cellist Ken Ichinose began his musical journey in London, followed by extensive solo and chamber performances throughout Europe and orchestral experience with the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. He is now Associate Principal Cello with the NZSO. Sophia, from Christchurch, studied in Wellington, Barcelona and the US. She is now principal violist of Orchestra Wellington while pursuing her interest in early music and chamber music.

Door sales will be available or tickets can be purchased at Waikanae New World, Moby Dickens Books in Paraparaumu Beach and at Lush Design Gallery in Raumati. Ticket enquiries: 04 293 4025.

This concert is presented in association with Chamber Music New Zealand.

 
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