JADE STRING QUARTET
Saturday 19 June 4 pm
Warkworth Town Hall
Miranda Adams - violin
Charmian Keay - violin
Robert Ashworth - viola
Edith Salzmann - cello
HAYDN | Seven Last Words (selections)
DAVID HAMILTON (NZ) | new commission
PIAZZOLLA | Four for Tango
SCHUBERT | Death and the Maiden
Playing an eclectic mix of music for string quartet ranging from Vivaldi to Hendrix, the Jade String Quartet have won a special place in Aotearoa’s music scene. Begun in 2003, Jade has a CD of New Zealand works (Parlour Games, 2017, RATTLE), two tours with AOTNZ (2007 & 2009) and one with CMNZ (2015), and their own concert series Jade at The Pah (2012–2017).
Miranda Adams (violin). Miranda is currently Assistant Concertmaster with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and has performed concertos with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (1986 finalist in the TVNZ Young Musicians Competition) and many Regional NZ orchestras. She has years of chamber music experience within NZ, leading the Jade String Quartet, and previously Nelson String Quartet, Blue Quartet, Manifesto Trio, Tasman Trio, Bravura and Vivo with Tatiana Lanchtchikova. A proponent of NZ music, Miranda has commissioned several compositions including works by Eve de Castro Robinson, John Elmsly, Nigel Keay, and Jonathan Besser. A curious and innovative musician, Miranda has commissioned works by Eve de Castro Robinson, John Elmsley, Nigel Keay and others; conducts the St. Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra at the APO Summer School Junior Orchestra; improvises; and leads the Auckland Gamelan group.
Miranda is Married to violist Robert Ashworth and has five children.
Charmian Keay is a freelance violinist from Auckland, New Zealand, currently on contract in the first violin section of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. She was appointed as a first violinist in Orchestra Wellington in 2018 and is also a casual violinist for the NZ Symphony Orchestra. Charmian studied a Postgraduate Diploma in violin performance in 2012 as a Trinity Laban Scholar studying with acclaimed soloist Matthew Trusler, at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. Prior to this she graduated from the University of Otago with First Class Honours in Performance Violin in 2008, after which she was invited to be 2009 Elman Poole Fellow of the prestigious graduate orchestra, the Southbank Sinfonia, based in Waterloo, London. Since coming back to Auckland she has performed regularly as a soloist with the Blackbird Ensemble, which did a national tour of their ‘Bjork’ show in 2019. She has been the leader of the chamber groups Moonshine Quartet, and Korutet which toured to Paris in 2015, and is currently violinist for the historically costumed Wellington string trio, Quantum Femme
Robert Ashworth (viola) is Principal viola for the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. He has been guest-principal viola for the Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, as well as assistant-principal for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. He also plays with the Australian World Orchestra. Robert has appeared as soloist with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra performing Anthony Ritchie's viola concerto no. 1, world premiere of Ross Harris's Aria as well as performing Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante. He has also performed as soloist with the Auckland Chamber Orchestra, and St. Matthew 's Chamber Orchestra. He has recorded for Atoll and Rattle labels as well as many performances recorded for Radio New Zealand.
Robert plays a 1995 John Newton "cut-away" viola.
Edith Salzmann (cello) A student of Janos Starker, German cellist Edith Salzmann is in high demand internationally as a teacher, soloist, and chamber musician. She is a Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Auckland and the artistic director of the Pettman National Junior Academy and the International Akaroa Music Festival She has been a member of many major ensembles, including the Tibor Varga Chamber Orchestra, the Corda String Quartet, and the Musikfabrik Duesseldorf; She has recorded for the Stradivarius and Atoll labels, and given masterclasses in countries across the globe.