The Auckland String Quartet Summer School was launched in 1984 by the Auckland String Quartet. In recent years, we have had a series of wonderful guest tutors. In 2017, the Tutors will be Yanghe Yu, Caroline von Bismarck, David Samuel and Eliah Sakakushev. The Tutors will be giving a public recital on Wednesday 11th January, 2017 at 8pm in the Hall at St Cuthbert’s College, 122 Market Road, Auckland Tickets at the door: Adults $25, Seniors $15, Students $10). Two other public recitals will be on Friday 6th January (Jade Quartet) and Sunday 8th January (Auckland Trio). Click the menu item for more details about the recitals.
The emphasis, as always, is on chamber music; string quartets in particular. During morning sessions, participants work in groups with direction from individual tutors. Early afternoons are not formally structured, however at 4pm there is the opportunity to join the string orchestra which meets once a day.
The small number of participants accepted (about 44) guarantees the intimate atmosphere for which this summer school is well-known. There is plenty of time for practice, formation of groups for further ensemble playing, or simply relaxing. Some traditions, such as the midnight swims and late evening music making, have endured from year to year. The last night revues are now legendary. Evening public concerts presented by the tutors and guest artists provide inspiring conclusions to memorable days.
In 2011 and 2012, the school was pleased to receive financial support from the Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust. This enabled us to offer scholarships to 8 young musicians to attend the school and share the wonderful experience with others ranging in age from 16 to 76.