New Zealand’s Tasman String Quartet performing at Auburn University Feb. 16

AUBURN – The Tasman String Quartet, New Zealand’s youngest full-time professional chamber ensemble, will perform at Auburn University in a free public concert on Monday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Goodwin Hall.

The performance is in conjunction with the quartet’s month-long residency, Feb. 15 through March 15, in the Department of Music in Auburn’s College of Liberal Arts. Quartet members will serve as guest faculty and also give performances and workshops in schools and communities including Huntsville, Tuskegee, Opelika, Mobile, Gorham’s Bluff at Pisgah and the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham.

Founded in Wellington, New Zealand, in 2006, the Tasman String Quartet includes violinists Anna van der Zee and Jennifer Banks, violist Christiaan van der Zee and cellist Miranda Wilson. The quartet is named after the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman, the first European to sight New Zealand, in recognition of the members’ cultural heritage as European New Zealanders and also the Dutch ancestry of first violinist Anna van der Zee and violist Christiaan van der Zee.

The residency is hosted under the auspices of Auburn University professor of music and Breeden Eminent Scholar, Howard Goldstein, and the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts.

The program for Monday night’s concert includes Haydn’s “Emperor Quartet,” Bartók’s “Third Quartet in C” and Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden Quartet.”

“This program will not only demonstrate the broad talents of these gifted young artists, but will also offer three of the most glorious quartets ever written,” said Goldstein.

Since 2007, the group has been in residency at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Their recent achievements include a fellowship to the Center for Advanced Quartet Studies at the Aspen Music Festival and School, an invitation to perform at the Julliard String Quartet Seminar in New York, the Honorable Mention Prize in the finals of the internationally respected Plowman Chamber Music Competition in Missouri and the Jeremy Rutenberg Prize for the outstanding performance of a Haydn quartet at the Rutenberg Chamber Music Competition in Florida.

For more information on the quartet including a schedule of concerts and workshops, go to or call (334) 844-4946.

Contact: Maiben Beard, (334) 844-4946 (, or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (