Hailed as a national music treasure (Christchurch Arts Festival 2014) the New Zealand Guitar Quartet (NZGQ) was formed in 2010. With members Owen Moriarty, Jane Curry, John Couch and Vladimir Gorbach the quartet is now a trans-Tasman ensemble with two members currently based in Australia. Recent performances include concert tours in China (Centennial Hall, Peking University, Sunrise Concert Hall, Beihang University, Beijing) and Australia (Excelsior Hall (Illawarra, NSW), ANU School of Music (Canberra), and the Glebe Town Hall (Sydney). Nationally, the group has toured several times through both Chamber Music NZ and Arts on Tour (most recently completing a 17 concert tour in 2017).
The NZGQ has two CD releases, with both discs featuring premieres of commissioned work by New Zealand and Australian composers as well as original arrangements by Owen Moriarty. The NZGQ is committed to developing new music for guitar quartet, commissioning award-winning composers Bruce Paine (NZ) Marian Budos (AU) and Marek Pasiezcny (PLD).
NZGQ’s 2018 engagements include performances at the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America Convention (Louisville Kentucky) USA, Guitarromania (Colima) Mexico, the Brisbane International Guitar Festival, Australia, and a performance of Rodrigo’s Concierto Andaluz with the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra.