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It was a privilege to be at the final concert of Chamber Music New Zealand's season for the year, and enjoy the Borodin Quartet, one of the world's best; a nice closure, too, for a CMNZ year that has focused on the string quartet.
The Borodin Quartet are a fabled group and an old friend, having toured New Zealand six times since 1965. Formed nearly seventy years ago, they have gone through a number of changes of personnel, yet the playing has the same distinctive qualities.
In 2015 we celebrate the Jubilee of the national Chamber Music Contest. This iconic event has changed, grown, adapted and been a part of many New Zealanders’ lives over the years. Founded in 1965 by Viennese émigré Arthur Hilton and New Zealander Joan Kerr, the Chamber Music Contest has a long list of talented alumni, including acclaimed pianist Michael Houstoun, NZTrio, violinist Wilma Smith and rising international star, pianist John Chen.
For the final tour of the 2014 Kaleidoscopes Concert Season, Chamber Music New Zealand’s ‘Year of the String Quartet’, the spotlight comes on Russia’s contribution. In the first half of the 19th century little of significance was written for the ensemble, although the early nationalist composer Glinka (1804-1857) produced two by 1830, and the founder of the St Petersburg Conservatory Anton Rubinstein (1829-1894) wrote six of his ten quartets in the 1850s.
The Whangarei Music Society (with a little help from ChamberMusic NZ) certainly keeps the class acts coming.
On this occasion, the prospect of the Faust Quartet filled the Old Library with local music-lovers. And well it might, for, in the 18 years since its foundation, this quartet has acquired an enviable reputation.
The Eggner Trio, three brothers from Austria, Georg, Florian and Christoph, have absolutely delighted N Z audiences on previous visits. This time they were joined by former Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Principal violist, so expanding the repertoire available to piano quartets.
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Brass is the star when the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra joins forces with one of the world’s greatest trumpet soloists Håkan Hardenberger for Bold Worlds. Famous for his charisma, swagger and skill, Hardenberger can make the trumpet sing like a human voice.
Across August and September we're touring a van full of percussion instruments around the country for a programme of Rhythm & Resonance. At the helm will be two of New Zealand's percussion experts - Lenny Sakofsky (NZSO Principal Percussionist and Stroma musician) and Thomas Guldborg (NZSO Associate Principal Percussion / Assistant Timpani, and Stroma musician).
A warm reception was given to the Doric String Quartet at their Chamber Music New Zealand concert on Sunday. As one of Britain’s finest young ensembles their first visit here was in 2010 and they are now appearing regularly at European and American festivals and issuing notable recordings on CD.
Formed in 1998, The Doric String Quartet has quickly become an essential part of the international chamber music scene. This young quartet performs at many of the major international festivals and this tour marks a welcome return to Palmerston North.
We heard the Doric String Quartet back in 2010, and now, with a new viola player, they initially seemed to play much the same. Back then, as now, they opened with a Haydn quartet - and, as then, they offered playing that was neat and technically accomplished but rather lacking in the wit and theatre that abounds in Haydn.
Four years since a previous visit, this return concert by the Doric String Quartet—violinists Alex Redington and Jonathan Stone, violist Helene Clement and cellist John Myerscough—was keenly anticipated, given the quality of the playing heard previously.
Britain's Doric String Quartet, in town for Chamber Music New Zealand, first visited us in 2010 when they gave us superlative Haydn and Britten, as well as joining pianist Piers Lane for Schumann's Piano Quintet.
A near full house gave the Doric String Quartet rousing applause with stamping and shouting for an exceptionally nuanced performance of Haydn's exuberant Opus 76, No 6 and Franz Schubert's long and equally emotionally sweet Quartet in G.
This beautiful alliance of three differently talented musicians happened in Dunedin-Tessa Petersen on violin, John Van Buskirk on piano, and soprano Rebecca Ryan. Ryan pregnant with child, but also pregnant with glorious musical feeling.
Meet John Myerscough, the cellist from Britain's Doric String Quartet who are touring with us around New Zealand this July. We asked John to play our game of 'complete the sentence' to find out more about him and the upcoming tour...