News & Reviews

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. 

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

With our free IHC accessible concerts well under way for the year with our first Auckland concert last month, I was interested to find out a little bit more from some of those involved about what their experience was like. Now in its sixth year, our mission is still the same: to break down any barriers that people may have around classical music and show the world that as an artform it is accessible to all!


Tuesday, 18 September 2018

It was the year 2013 when Ioana Cristina Goicea was a competitor in the MHIVC placing 5th, just missing out on the top prize. It was then that the stunning violinist vowed to return to NZ and win. And in 2017 she did just that.

Thursday, 13 September 2018

In a coup for New Zealand one of the biggest names in music, Viktoria Mullova is coming to New Zealand for the 2019 Chamber Music New Zealand International Season.

Violinist Viktoria Mullova is music royalty. One of the world's great violin virtuosos, her interpretations of Bach have been acclaimed worldwide: “To hear Mullova play Bach is, simply, one of the greatest things you can experience” - The Guardian.

Friday, 31 August 2018

Described as ‘the Russian Grand Masters’, the incomparably authentic Borodin Quartet deliver definitive performances steeped in tradition.

Monday, 3 September 2018

Star double-bassist Hiroshi Ikematsu enjoys a spot of trout fishing, and this October he arrives in Aotearoa from Japan, performing Schubert’s famous and shimmering “Trout” Quintet with the wonderful Australian pianist Piers Lane and our very own treasured New Zealand String Quartet. We sat down for a chat with him recently to find out more, check it out!


Wednesday, 15 August 2018

It was an electrifying and impassioned finale of the NZCT Chamber Music Contest which took place in Christchurch on the 3rd and 4th of August. From hundreds of ensembles nationwide, only 12 groups made it through to the National Finals weekend. The adjudicators were left with an incredibly tough decision, reducing the 12 fantastic groups, to just 6 for the grand final.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Ensemble Zefiro ( Alfredo Bernadini, Paolo Grazzi, Dileno Baldin, Francesco Meucci, Alberto Grazzi, Giorgio Mandolesi).
Michael Fowler Centre 10 August.
Reviewed by John Button.

In their cleverly contrived programme this ensemble of authentic wind instruments visited the Baroque period of music in the first half and the early Classical period in the second , and they did so with playing of enormous skill and panache.

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

The unapologetically entertaining Ensemble Zefiro are gearing up to bring their joyous and dazzling musical banquet to New Zealand. Two programmes, 8 venues across the country, Handel, Fasch, Telemann, Haydn and Mozart!

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Bright, elegant and unapologetically entertaining, dine out on an exquisite banquet of Handel, Fasch, Telemann,

Monday, 9 July 2018

Kiwis Anna McGregor and Manu Berkeljon, make up two thirds of the The Klara Kollektiv - a Swedish based Trio of Clarinet, Violin and Piano.

Heath Quartet
Tuesday, 26 June 2018

It was a fortunate audience that experienced the Heath Quartet giving a soul-affirming demonstration of what chamber music is all about.

The programme, which took us from Bach to Britten, opened with three chorale preludes from Bach's Orgel-buchlein. Choosing the contemplative over the joyous, the players illuminated this music with lustrous, viol-like tone, clearly relishing the dissonant shifts of the composer's often searing chromaticism.

Geist, Contest 2011 & 2012 Overall Winners, playing in the 2012 National Finals, Auckland Town Hall
Saturday, 9 June 2018

Lauren Bennett, 1st violin of the string quartet Geist (NZCT Chamber Music Contest winners 2011 and 2012) is back in Auckland from Yale University, volunteering at the Auckland District Rounds. She was happy to share some thoughts and aspirations between her stage-hand duties.

Indian Ink
Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Looking for an injection of theatre, song, dance and humour? Indian Ink’s newest work Welcome to the Murder House is dark, deadly and a little bit sexy, and on right now until 10 June at Te Auaha.

Heath Quartet
Monday, 28 May 2018

Christopher Murray (Cello) / Oliver Heath (Violin) / Sara Wolstenholme (Violin) / Gary Pomeroy (Viola)

The energetic Heath Quartet are fast earning a reputation as one of the most exciting British chamber ensembles of the moment. We've rounded up 5 fast facts ahead of their NZ tour - dive in!


Musical blood.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

New York Times critic, Alex Ross will guide audiences through a revelatory exploration into the history of 20th-century chamber music. This playlist concert will feature excerpts by 13 composers - we took a closer look to the story behind some of the pieces.

Looking for a musical taster? Listen to our playlist on Spotify.

Bianca Andrew
Monday, 30 April 2018

Born in Wellington, mezzo-soprano Bianca Andrew is currently a member of the Opernstudio with Oper Frankfurt. She's is known for her engaging and creative performances both in operatic and recital repertoire.

Bianca joins contemporary music ensemble, STROMA in The Rest is Noise: An exploration of the history of chamber music in the 20th Century, with author and animateur Alex Ross.


Friday, 27 April 2018

The NZ Herald describes the viols as "fretted string instruments played with bows and pronounced "viles" — flourished from the Renaissance to the Baroque. They are extremely delicate instruments; you can't just throw them in an aircraft's hold (Phantasm's two larger instruments get their own airline seats).

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Behn Quartet, Chamber Music New Zealand at the Globe Theatre, Palmerston North, Friday April 20. Reviewed by Stephen Fisher.

The Behn Quartet brought together four musicians who were studying at the Royal Academy in 2015.

Since then, they have quickly created a notable presence on the international scene. The players include a New Zealander, Kate Oswin, who is on the violin with Alicia Berendse, Lydia Abell, on the viola and Ghislaine McMullin, the cello.

Anderson & Roe Piano Duo review
Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Chamber Music New Zealand has surpassed itself in engaging the Anderson and Roe Piano Duo to tour the country this month.

I am struggling for superlatives to describe what was an outstanding evening's entertainment, a smorgasbord of dazzling pianistic virtuosity, musicianship and stagecraft, all bundled up in an irresistible package by two dynamic young performers.

Monday, 26 March 2018

(From left to right Laurence Dreyfus, Emilia Benjamin, Jonathan Manson, Markku Luolajan-Mikkola)

Award-winning ensemble, Phantasm, is widely recognised as the most exciting viol consort active on the world scene today. For their visit to Aotearoa, they explore rich viol repertoire, from the likes of Byrd, Orlando Gibbons, Matthew Locke and Purcell.

Behn Quartet
Thursday, 22 March 2018

Kate Oswin (Violin) / Alicia Berendse (Violin) / Lydia Abell (Viola) / Ghislaine McMullin (Cello)

Friday, 16 March 2018

(From left to right: Kate Oswin, Lydia Abell, Alicia Berendse and Ghislaine McMullin). 


Music Up Close
Monday, 12 March 2018

We have exciting news to share with you. The 2018 Season launch marked the introduction of Music Up Close and we now have a new look to follow suit!

Concert Hall Michael Fowler Prelude Events
Monday, 19 February 2018

Do you want more out of your concert experience? Do you like to get the backstory of the pieces you are about to hear? Or perhaps hearing directly from composers and musicians?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you won't want to miss our Prelude Events.  Here is all you need to know:

Regional New Zealand
Monday, 19 February 2018

Chamber Music New Zealand offer Subscription Seasons in 10 centres around the country, but we don't stop there...

Through our collaboration with a huge network of other presenters around the country, many of them volunteer music societies, we bring New Zealand musicians to about 20 other centres the length of Aotearoa. This is our Regional Series.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Scroll through these quickfire facts and get up to speed with this energetic duo. From burning pianos and throwing (accidental) elbows at each other; to performing Mozart and Daft Punk.


18 years and going strong.

Friday, 8 December 2017

Have you left your Christmas shopping to the last minute? Not sure what to buy for the friend that has it all? The good news is you can fix that right now - pick up a subscription or a Flexivoucher for any of our 2018 Season Concerts.  Here are some picks to help you choose.


For the friend in the know

We all have that friend who knows everything going on in town, and is always ahead of the crowd.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

The first Wednesday of each month we take over the upstairs level of the The Third Eye, Tuatara's Temple of Taste to present "Classical Sessions". 

Monday, 20 November 2017

Earlier in the year we teamed up with our friends at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music for a very special In the Loop competition.

Monday, 6 November 2017

Under the direction of Laurence Dreyfus, the Phantasm Consort is bringing sounds of the Elizabethan and Jacobean age to Aotearoa. For their NZ tour, Phantasm will explore the rich viol repertoire, featuring music by William Byrd, Matthew Locke, Orlando GibbonsHenry Purcell and Bach

Not sure what to expect? Here's a a quick overview to get you up to speed.


Anderson & Roe Piano Duo
Monday, 6 November 2017

The 2018 Season kicks off in March with Anderson & Roe Piano Duo. After meeting at The Juilliard School while studying, the two never stopped performing together. 

Known for their adrenalized performances, original compositions, and notorious music videos, Anderson and Roe are revolutionizing the piano duo experience for the 21st century. 




Thursday, 2 November 2017

Auckland-based NZTrio has had a year of transition with 5 guest violinists filling in for various programmes throughout the year. For this, the final concert in their 2017 Series, Ashley and Sarah will be joined by Kiwi violinist Manu Berkeljon, currently based in Sweden. The series will once again be performed in Wellington, Christchurch, and Auckland in November. 


Tuesday, 31 October 2017

In 2017, we once again teamed up with community musician Julian Raphael to bring our IHC Accessible Concert Mini Series to centres across Aotearoa. After five years of delivering relaxed performances and workshops across the country, our mission is still the same: to make classical music accessible and inclusive for everyone.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

With the 2018 Concert Season out of the bag, it's now time to reveal our 2018 Regional Series. We asked CMNZ Artistic Assistant, Jack Hobbs, to give us the scoop on what's to come.


Monday, 30 October 2017

2018 will be a year long festival of music. The Season combines breath-taking quality with extraordinary range, featuring illustrious artists, beautiful programmes and enticing variety of genre and style.

We asked CMNZ staff the hard task of picking their personal highlights of the Season to come.


Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Reviewed by Isaac Shatford - The Critic

Chamber Music New Zealand’s final concert for 2017 brings a delightfully eccentric programme from a Grammy-nominated ensemble, Imani Winds. Rarely is the Glenroy Auditorium filled with such a rich orchestral sound, nor with such an eclectic array of modern music.

Monday, 23 October 2017

US woodwind ensemble Imani Winds plays with great skill, great freedom and with great fun!

Review by John Button - Dominion Post

Imani Winds (Valerie Coleman, Toyin Spellman-Diaz, Mark Dover, Jeff Scott, Monica Ellis), Michael Fowler Centre September 26.

This was the last Chamber Music New Zealand concert of the year and it was an unhackneyed, refreshing affair.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Every year Wilma Smith, celebrated kiwi violinist, puts together three different groups of musical friends she thinks might create some exciting chemistry and they put together programmes full of variety and appeal, from premieres to revered masterpieces and undiscovered gems from every musical era.



How did you come to writing your own music?

Natalie Hunt, Snapshots
Thursday, 21 September 2017

(Photo taken by Natalie Hunt during her trip.)


Last year we asked New Zealand Composer Natalie Hunt, to write a new piece for the Imani Winds tour. Find out more about “Snapshots” directly from Natalie’s words and don’t miss the chance to hear it for yourself performed by the Imani Winds (touring 26 Sep - 12 Oct).



Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Reviewed by Isaac Shatford - The Critic

Tuesday 5 September, Glenroy Auditorium DUNEDIN

 Interview with Julian Raphael
Monday, 28 August 2017

Julian Raphael is a “community musician” and CMNZ facilitator for the IHC accessible concert mini-series. We met up with Julian for a chat and a cuppa, here's what we found out!


What’s your musical background?

Babich Wines
Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Chamber Music New Zealand is delighted to announce Babich Wines as our new wine partner.

The Babich family have been making wine in New Zealand since 1916 and are NZ’s most experienced family owned winery. Three generations of innovation, achievement and winemaking excellence ensure that they make the best quality wine NZ has to offer.

Imani Winds
Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Monica Ellis - bassoon, Jeff Scott - french horn, Toyin Spellman-Diaz - oboe, Mark Dover - clarinet, Valerie Coleman - flute

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

New Zealand acclaimed pianist, Michael Houstoun and 2007 Michael Hill International Violin Competition winner, Bella Hristova, are touring Aotearoa this August and September. These outstanding musicians will perform all ten of Beethoven's Piano & Violin Sonatas.

We've all heard of Beethoven before, but how well do you know this composer? Test your knowledge with these 5 fast facts.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Acclaimed New Zealand pianist, Michael Houstoun, and 2007 Michael Hill International Violin Competition winner, Bella Hristova, first toured together in 2008. They bonded over a common passion for Beethoven and nine years later they’ve been reunited, touring New Zealand again from 24 August – 9 September. 

what is a sonata
Thursday, 10 August 2017

What is a sonata?

A sonata is a piece of music usually written for a solo instrument and piano. Most sonatas have three movements (fast-slow-fast). A movement is a self-contained piece of music within the sonata, a bit like chapters in a book. A few of Beethoven’s sonatas have four movements.

Takacs Quartet
Friday, 28 July 2017

Without doubt one of the greatest string quartets in the world, we welcome the return of the Takács Quartet for two concerts only in Wellington and Auckland. Often referred to as “chamber music royalty”, the quartet's sound is “like a fine wine: warm, rich and light, and improving with age.” Washington Post

Bella Hristova
Thursday, 27 July 2017

Bella Hristova and Michael Houstoun will be touring through August and September performing the Beethoven Piano and Violin Sonatas. Audiences around the country will be able hear the Sonatas in a variety of formats: the complete cycle through five lunchtime recitals in Wellington, a mini-festival series in Auckland and Christchurch, and single concerts elsewhere around the country.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Auckland-based NZTrio is in a year of transition with the recent departure of founding violinist, Justine Cormack.