The Black Quartet

String Quartet - Auckland

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Artist Bio

  • Artist Type Bands
  • Location Auckland
  • Genre Classical, Easy Listening, Pop
  • Members 4
  • Price Affordable

Unrivalled as New Zealand’s premier string quartet, The Black Quartet are a sophisticated, versatile group of extremely talented young musicians, offering a contemporary take on this classic ensemble style.

They have collaborated with the likes of Kanye West, Six60 and Ladyhawke, appeared in television commercials and accompanied Hayley Westernra, performed at Christmas in the Park and Rhythm and Vines, toured the world and composed for some of the world’s biggest brands. 

The calibre of their musicianship is matched by the cool, contemporary style and attitude they bring to their art form.

Founding members - Jess Hindin and Mahuia Bridgman-Cooper

Jess Hindin
After completion of Jessica’s performance violin degree at Auckland University, she successfully auditioned for the internationally touring world music stage show “Barrage” based in Alberta Canada.

After almost 6 years of extensive touring, encompassing 5 continents which included television appearances in Great Britain, Europe, USA and China, she returned home to continue a career as a freelance musician.
Since then she has toured the length of New Zealand on many occasions with different bands and shows and is regularly recording for various artists of multiple styles encompassing Classical, Folk, Celtic, Gypsy Jazz.

Mahuia Bridgman-Cooper
Mahuia Bridgman-Cooper (MMus) (Violin Performance) is a composer/producer and an accomplished violinist. He has played and produced for a variety of artists and ensembles including Lawrence Arabia to Hayley Westenra. He has been nominated for many awards including the APRA Maioha award, the Vodafone NZ Best Maori Album and Axis Soundtrack of the Year. He has produced numerous compositions for many production houses including Liquid Studios but currently resides at Franklin Rd where he has composed music for Volkswagen, ASB, State Insurance, Burger King, Kia, McDonalds, Farmers, AA Insurance, Sky TV, Toyota, Vodafone, TVNZ, Fresh Up, Sanitarium & LTNZ (Ghost Chips) among many others.

The Black, as a quartet or individually, have worked with:

Kanye West
Hayley Westenra
The Feelers
Op Shop
Ladyhawke
Six60
Boh Runga
Eileen Page
Geoff Sewell ‘Incognito Artists’
Moana and the Tribe
Maisey Rica
Sir Howard Morrison
Rhythm and Vines
APRA Awards
Lawrence Arabia
Paul McLaney
SJD
Brooke Fraser
Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra
Auckland Chamber Orchestra
Christmas In The Park
X Factor
NZ Got Talent
Vodafone Music Awards
Stars In Their Eyes
Lakeside, Rotorua
Geoff Sewell, Incognito Artists
Tim Beverage shows
Operatunity tours

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Reviews

The quartet were great, very professional and worked well with us on the evening despite some short notice timing changes from our side. Guests appreciated the vibe and it made a nice change from the jazzy feel we have gone for in previous years. Nick Davion - Variety– The Children’s Charity - 18 August 2016

The trio were awesome!!! We practiced with a recording the day before our wedding, but when they played on the day it was even better smile Absolute professionals - please pass on our sincere thanks to them. Sally & Ross - 0

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Audio Samples

Somebody that I used to know (Gotye arr. The Black Quartet)

Song List

Air on a G String - Bach
Flower Duet - Dilibes
Eine Kleine Nacht Musik - Mozart
The Four Seasons - Vivaldi
Salut D’Amore - Elgar
Gymnopedie – Satie
Kanon - Pachelbel
Arrival of the Queen of Sheeba
Trumpet Volountry - Handel
Ave Maria - Handel
Pavan – Ravel
Jesu Joy of Mans Desiring – Bach
Sheep May Safely Graze – Bach
Air - Handel
Fur Elise – Beethoven
Halleluia Chorus – Handel
Symphony no 5 – Beethoven
Mozart Quartets and Divertamentos
Liebeslied – Kreisler
Spanish Dance – Albinez
The Cockoo – Daquin
Polovtsian Dances – Borodin
Humoresque – Dvorak
Liebesfreud – Kreisler
Bouree in G – Handel
Schon Rosmarin – Kreisler
Concerto for 2 Violins – Vivaldi
Funiculi Funicular – Thorp
Christmas Concerto – Corelli
March from Scipio – Handel
Symphonia no 8 - Fasch
A Graceful Waltz – Brahms
Romance – Shostakovich
Quartet op 29 – Schubert
The Girl with the Flaxen Hair – Debussy
Noctourne - Borodin
Quartet op 18 no 1 – Beethoven
Noctourne - Borodin
Trumpet Voluntry – Handel
Traumerei – Schumann
Gigue – Bach
Meditation from Thais – Massenet
Chacony – Purcell
Habanera from Carmen – Bizet
Toreadors Song from Carmen – Bizet
Prelude to Carmen - Bizet
O Mio Babbino Caro – Puccini
Bourree – Bach
Selection from ‘The Magic Flute’ – Mozart
Largo – Handel
Barcarolle – Offenbach
Minuet – Boccherini
Halleluia Chorus – Messiah
Two Rondeaux – Purcell
La Paloma – Iradier
Largo from Double Violin Concerto – Bach
Rondo Alla Turca – Mozart
Heski Holki-Polka – Strauss
Slavonic Dance – Dvoak
O Solo Mio – Capua
Sentimental Saraband – Bernstein
Selection from ‘The Nutcracker’ – Tchaikovsky
English Country Gardens – Trad
Morning from the Peer Gynt Suite – Grieg
The Man I Love
Somewhere Out There
Theme from Ice Castles
Summertime
Swanee
Embraceable You
Bohemia Rag
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
New York New York
Lullaby of Birdland
Someone to Watch Over Me
It Don’t Mean a Thing …
Music of the Night
Star Dust
The Rainbow Connection
You Light Up My life
Thanks for the Memory
Hello
Love Theme from St Elmos Fire
I Know Him So Well
Slippery Elm Rag
My Heart Will Go On
I Got Rhythm
All I Ask Of You
I Get Kick Out Of You
Scarbarough Fair
Blue Sunday
Tears in Heaven
Love is Blue
Strangers in the Night
Some Enchanted Evening
The Windmills of your Mind
Shes Got A Way
Have I Told You Lately
The Girl from Ipanema
Moondance
Mister Sandman
If
Isn’t it Romantic
Save the Best for Last
From Russia with Love
Let it Be
Beauty and the Beast
Fairytale of New York
Jessie
From This Moment On
Just The Way You Are
Don’t Cry For Me Argentina
Michelle
Yesterday
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Feelings
Here Comes the Sun
Stairway to Heaven
My Life
The Love Boat
Cavitina
The Prayer
Any Dream Will Do
Echoes of Harlem
How Deep Is Your Love
Uptown Girl
Always On My Mind
Making Whoopee
The Easy Winners
Ragtime Dance