Antipodes String Trio (2013)The Antipodes String Trio was founded by two of New Zealand's leading young string players, Amalia Hall and Nicholas Hancox. Formed through connections between the Curtis Institute of Music, University of Michigan and the New Zealand music scene, they aim to promote the under-utilised repertoire of the string trio, which many great composers throughout music history have contributed to.
Following their successful March 2011 tour, the Antipodes String Trio is excited and privileged to once again perform in New Zealand, this time bringing a new cellist and colleague from the Curtis Institute, Sarah Rommel. Their programmes feature the masterworks of the string trio repertoire, from Larry Pruden to Mozart; and they will be joining up with pianist Tom McGrath in selected centres for Brahms’ epic Piano Quartet in C minor.
Amalia Hall is widely recognised as one of the foremost young violinists to emerge from New Zealand. Following studies at Auckland University, she is currently undertaking post-graduate study at the Curtis Institute of Music with renowned violinists Pamela Frank and Joseph Silverstein.
Violist Nicholas Hancox, now based in Germany as Principal Viola of the Lübeck Philharmonic Orchestra, completed his studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theatre in Munich with Hariolf Schlichtig. Originally from Wellington, he is a B.Mus (Hons) graduate from Victoria University and completed his Master of Music at the University of Michigan in 2009.
Cellist Sarah Rommel, also from the Curtis Institute, featured on American public radio NPR’s “From the Top” series and has performed widley as a soloist and chamber musician, winning the silver medal in the 2007 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition as a member of the Newman Quartet. She studies with Ralph Kirschbaum.
The programme consists of works by Larry Pruden, Sibelius, and Mozart.View Programme Notes