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Enso is Ja­panese for the zen paint­ing of the cir­cle. The Enso String Quar­tet is mu­sic for ‘‘stag­ger­ingly bril­liant’’ and per­forms in the Re­gent on Broad­way this Sun­day.

Grammy nom­i­nated clas­si­cal mu­si­cians the Enso String Quar­tet grace the Re­gent on Broad­way stage this Sun­day evening.

Renowned as one of Amer­ica’s most ac­com­plished and in­ven­tive young en­sem­bles, the con­cert fea­tures a new work by Kiwi com­poser Alex Tay­lor, as well as one of the Gi­nastera quar­tets for which the group re­ceived its Grammy nom­i­na­tion. The piece also ac­knowl­edges the Ar­gen­tinian com­poser’s 100th an­niver­sary.

Cel­list Richard Belcher, who hails from Christchurch, is look­ing for­ward to per­form­ing ‘‘at home’’.

‘‘We mostly tour in the United States and Europe so it’s great to come back to New Zealand and per­form con­certs with friends and fam­ily in the au­di­ence. It’s spe­cial for me to show the oth­ers where I come from. I’m sure they’re sick of hear­ing me talk about New Zealand.’’

First vi­o­lin­ist Mau­reen Nel­son was aboard for the 2012 tour, but vi­ola player Melissa Rear­don was on ma­ter­nity leave, while sec­ond vi­o­lin­ist Ken Ha­mao had yet to join the quar­tet.

Richard de­scribes se­lect­ing the pro­gramme for Sun­day’s con­cert as akin to choos­ing amenu for a spe­cial din­ner.

‘‘We cre­ate the pro­gramme with dif­fer­ent ‘cour­ses’. The Haydn quar­tet is a clean and beau­ti­ful work, and then we have Gi­nastera’s sec­ond quar­tet – it’s en­er­gis­ing and mus­cu­lar, while Si­belius’ quar­tet In­ti­mate Voices of­fers an in­sight into the com­poser.’’

He says the spe­cially com­mis­sioned a co­in­ci­dence of sur­faces II by Alex Tay­lor, is bound to be a con­cert high­light.

The Enso String Quar­tet plays the Re­gent on Broad­way this Sun­day 22, at 5pm with book­ings through tick­etdirect.co.nz, 350 2100 or 0800 224 224. See cham­ber­mu­sic.co.nz/enso


They hail from Yale Univer­sity in the USA – Melissa Rear­don (vi­ola), Mau­reen Nel­son (vi­o­lin), Kiwi Richard Belcher (cello) and Ken Ha­mao (vi­o­lin) are the Enso String Quar­tet.

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