About us

About Chamber Music New Zealand

Chamber Music New Zealand (CMNZ) is the largest presenter of top quality chamber music concerts throughout New Zealand.

Our mission is to nurture the love and understanding of music, create remarkable experiences throughout Aotearoa, foster live music by solo performers and small ensembles, as well as encourage and support New Zealand performers and composers.

Every year, Chamber Music New Zealand brings together international performers with local musicians and composers, inspiring and engaging audiences all over the country. The annual concert season offers audiences a diverse range of experiences: from period-instrument performances to jazz collaborations, string quartets to wind ensembles, cross-genre to cross-art form explorations.

Our chamber music activities are divided into three strands:


Alongside their main season, CMNZ collaborates with music presenters around Aotearoa, mostly volunteer music societies and arts festivals, to co-present a Regional Roster of musicians that supports innovative ensemble projects and encourages artistic breadth and depth. This Series provides a professional platform for this country’s outstanding musicians, including emerging local performers through to established kiwi musicians. The touring groups often commission new works, champion repeat performances of NZ music and engage in meaningful community outreach.


CMNZ also plays a vital part in introducing the inspiring world of chamber music to young minds. They achieve this through special school packages, school visits and educational concerts. They are also responsible for the longest running chamber music competition for secondary students, the NZCT Chamber Music Contest.

Mentorship is also an important facet of CMNZ’s ethos. Masterclasses, residencies and coaching sessions provide opportunities for aspiring artists to learn from internationally acclaimed musicians and gain professional development.


Chamber Music New Zealand is constantly looking at new ways to give back to the community. Towards this effort, they organise a series of outreach activities, which include workshops, relaxed performances, audio described concerts and touch tours.

Alongside their core concert offering, they also organise a series of musical experiences outside of the concert hall – this includes their annual Matariki peformance, informal Classical Sessions at Tuatara’s Brewery, The Third Eye, as well as pop up performances in unusual spaces.


Encore is Chamber Music New Zealand's Supporter Programme. As a not for profit organisation committed to sustaining a high level of excellence in all we do, we depend on the generosity of individual donors who make it possible for us to provide essential and pivotal musical experiences for all New Zealanders.

Find out more about contributing to Encore and becoming a valuable member of our Supporter Programme on the Support Us pages.