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Jade String Quartet

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Jade String Quartet 

Miranda Adams (violin)
William Hanfling (violin)
Robert Ashworth (viola)
David Farner (cello)
Produced by Jade String Quartet & Steve Garden
Engineered by Steve Garden, assisted by John Kim
Piano tuning by Glenn Easley
Cover art by Beverly Rhodes
Artwork reproductions courtesy of the Wallace Arts Trust
Design by UnkleFranc
Printing by Studio Q

Jade String Quartet and Rattle Records gratefully thank Creative New Zealand, Sir James Wallace, and the Wallace Foundation for their generous support of this project


 RAT-D073 (August, 2017)






Jade String Quartet 

01–05  Parlour Games  (11:41) Composer: David Hamilton
06–10  Look to the Far Horizon  (14:52) Composer: Peter Adams
          11  Nocturne for String Quartet  (4:03) Composer: Kenneth Young
12–14  String Quartet No.1  (17:34) Composer: Peter Scholes
          15  Fragment II  (7:15) Composer: Leonie Holmes
          16  Ricercar  (4:14) Composer: Karlo Margetić
17–19  String Quartet in Three Movements  (20:17) Composer: John Elmsly
          20  Fragments of Noir  (7:29) Composer: Robbie Ellis


      Total playing time: 87 minutes




Jade String Quartet



Formed in 2003, JSQ is an established ensemble on the NZ chamber music scene, comprised of principal and sub-principal members of the APO (Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra).

The Jade Concert Series at the Pah Homestead has been a regular feature on the Auckland music calendar since 2011. In addition, the ensemble tours for Chamber Music NZ and Arts on Tour NZ, and give numerous concerts for North Island Music Societies. They also give school concerts in and around Auckland, and are involved in mentoring through the APO education programme.


Miranda studied violin with Pamela Bryce, Elsa Jensen, and Charmian Gadd, and is now one of New Zealand’s leading chamber musicians. A finalist in the TVNZ Young Musicians Contest in 1986, she has a particular enthusiasm for innovative music, whether through improvising or premiering new works.

Miranda has been Assistant Concertmaster with the APO since 1994, and has performed with the Manukau Symphony, the St Matthews Chamber Orchestra, and other regional orchestras. Miranda is a founding member of JSQ, and also leads the Auckland Gamelan group in traditional Indonesian music.


William is Sub-Principal of the 2nd Violins for the APO, and has been a permanent member since 2002. He received his BMus (hons) and MMus with Mary O’Brien at Auckland University, and post-graduate diplomas from The Royal Northern College of Music in the UK studying under Christopher Rowland.

William has worked with a number of orchestras, including the London Soloists, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the New London Sinfonia, and the Chameleon Arts Orchestra, and is a founding member of JSQ.


Robert is Principal Viola for the APO. He was principal viola for the Melbourne Symphony, the NZSO, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, and assistant-principal for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.

Robert is a twice recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts Award for Emerging Artists, and has performed with various groups at international chamber music festivals in Europe, North America, and Japan. He studied with violists Thomas Riebl and Veronika Hagen at the Universitaet Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and with Gerald Stanick at the University of British Columbia, Canada.Orchestra. He is a founding member of JSQ.


David began his tertiary education in Auckland gaining a Bachelors of Music in 1994. After completing a performers diploma at Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam following a Master of Music degree in Christchurch, he completed a Doctorate of Musical Arts in 2004 in the USA.

David won first prize in the Michigan State University Concerto competition in 2002, a finalist in the Adam International Cello competition in 1997, and a prize-winner at the 1997 Gisborne International Music Competition. Presented with the Aotea Centre Performing Arts Trust Award in 1994, David later received the Greta Ostova Cello Scholarship, a Woolf Fischer Scholarship for overseas study, a Cobb fellowship at Michigan State University, and a Gagliano Cello scholarship (instrument for use in overseas study).

David is currently the Associate Principal Cellist in the APO, and has been a member of JSQ since 2013.


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