The Lazarus String Quartet, founded in 2007, was formed in New Zealand by graduates of the University of Canterbury. After the quartet’s success of winning first prize at the 2010 ROSL Arts/Pettman Competition, they moved to Germany. There, the four young musicians commenced studies with Professor Oliver Wille at The University of Music, Drama and Media Hanover (HMTMH) in Germany. They studied in the prestigious Chamber Music Program there from 2012 to 2016.
The Lazarus String Quartet has had great success with performances and concert tours throughout New Zealand, the UK and Europe. They have appeared in multiple concert series, including at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Scotland), the Budleigh Salterton Festival (England), Musikwoche Hitzacker (Germany), Heidelberger Frühling (Germany) and Chamber Music New Zealand Encompass tours. They also perform and teach regularly at the International Akaroa Summer Festival in New Zealand.
The ProQuartet Association has supported the quartet since 2012, which enables them to travel regularly to France for professional string quartet training, festivals and concerts. In 2013, the quartet made their debut at the Salle Gaveau in Paris, where they premiered a work written for String Quartet and Voice by Arnold Schoenberg.
The Lazarus String Quartet has had the continual support of Professor Barrie Pettman and his wife Maureen, who are passionate supporters of the Arts in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Their support has been an enormous contributor to the quartets ongoing education and success.