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Performing . . . The New Zealand Guitar Quartet members (from left) Vladimir Gorbach, Owen Moriarty, Jane Curry and John Couch will perform in Geraldine and Fairlie next month. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

STAFF REPORTER

The NZ Guitar Quartet is set to perform in Geraldine next month.

Owen Moriarty, Jane Curry and John Couch are joined by new member Vladimir Gorbach and are performing around New Zealand in June and July with support from Arts on Tour.

The four-piece will come to St Mary’s Church in Geraldine on June 25, and will also perform in Fairlie, at a yet to be confirmed venue, on June 26.

All four musicians are internationally regarded performers and composers.

Moriarty has released five CDs, toured with Chamber Music New Zealand and given concert performances with Canberra’s National Capital Orchestra as well as recording with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the New Zealand String Quartet.

UK-born, New Zealand-based classical guitarist Curry has performed in concerts in Poland, Thailand and Australia and is also the head of the guitar programme at the New Zealand School of Music, Victoria University, where she balances solo and chamber music engagements with the co-ordination of the largest classical guitar programme in the country.

Couch is based in Australia and is the director of New Zealand’s premiere classical guitar festival, the Taranaki Classical Guitar Summer School.

The quartet’s newest member, Russian-born Gorbach, has performed and competed in Spain, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Greece and the United States while performing concert tours in North and South America. He has performed in Carnegie Hall in New York, in the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow and Laeizshalle in Hamburg.

In 2015, he was appointed as lecturer in guitar at the University of Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music.

The quartet’s performances of classical, contemporary and world music explore a diverse range of genres including Balkan, Brazilian, Persian, bluegrass, Celtic, Spanish and flamenco music.

Tickets for the New Zealand Guitar Quartet’s show at St Mary’s Church, Geraldine, on June 25, can be bought from LOUK Clothing.