This is the place to get the latest news on chamber music in New Zealand, read special features on artists, music and events, and find out what the critics have to say about our most recent concert tours.
James is touring the country in May with the New Zealand String Quartet. They'll perform absolute greats from the chamber music repertoire - sublime clarinet quintets by Brahms and Mozart. Campbell is no stranger to the repertoire; he’s given more than 300 performances of the Mozart Quintet with over 35 different string quartets. His recording of Brahms’s Clarinet Quintet with the Allegri Quartet was voted the “Top Choice” by BBC Radio 3 and The London Times. We played a game of 'complete the phrase' to get to know James a little better...
We're looking for volunteers to help at the Auckland District Rounds of our nationwide NZCT Chamber Music Contest.The event takes place across four days (Thur 5 – Sun 8 June 2014). "Seeing how everything runs from the other side and making sure everything is set up just right for the performers to do their best is incredibly rewarding." - Todd Gibson-Cornish, 2013 Contest Volunteer. Please help us by volunteering before 3 May 2014 - give back to your music community and gain valuable skills involved in running a concert!
Michael Houstoun (a man for whom little introduction is required in New Zealand's classical music circles) last year won Best Classical Album at the NZ Music Awards for his recording of composer Douglas Lilburn's works.
But what inspired these recordings? Michael writes in the album booklet:
Chamber Music New Zealand’s concert series this year is billed ‘‘Back to Basics’’, with an emphasis on string quartets, and the standard was firmly planted with Friday night’s performance by the Kelemen Quartet.
Chamber Music New Zealand encourages emerging ensembles in Aotearoa to seek out international opportunities for learning and growth. The Royal College of Music in London and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester UK are seeking out chamber music groups to apply for Artist Diplomas and Junior Fellows in chamber music.
The Rangitoto Trio gave compelling performances at the Concert Chamber.
This young New Zealand group of violin, cello and piano used their fine chamber music skills, unaffected eloquence and instrumental colour to capture the individual styles needed for the three demanding works on the programme.
Today marked a significant moment for Chamber Music New Zealand as we welcomed Keriata Royal under the new Māori Arts Internship Programme through Toi Māori Aotearoa, further developing the partnership between our two organisations.