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. 

Heath Quartet
Monday, 28 May 2018

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Monday, 26 March 2018

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

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?

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...

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?

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Reviewed by Isaac Shatford - The Critic

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

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

Natalie Hunt, Snapshots
Thursday, 21 September 2017

(Photo taken by Natalie Hunt during her trip.)


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.

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.

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.

what is a sonata
Thursday, 10 August 2017

What is a sonata?

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.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

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

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.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

“revealing the familiar as unfamiliar, making the most traditional of works feel radical once more” The New York Times

Contest national Finals 2017
Monday, 24 July 2017

The NZCT Chamber Music Contest is well-known for nurturing young musicians who go on to successful musical careers. Founded in 1965, it is New Zealand’s oldest music competition, and its longest running school music event.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Need a ride from Hamilton to Auckland?

Monday, 10 July 2017

The Pettman/ROSL Scholarship for a New Zealand Chamber Ensemble is organised in partnership with our ROSL Branch in New Zealand and is made possible through the generous support of Barrie and Maureen Pettman.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Sigiswald Kuijken is widely considered a leader in historical performance - over the years, Sigiswald and his family’s rich experience of baroque and classical music have inspired and influenced generations of musicians.

Monday, 26 June 2017

We spent our Queen's Birthday Weekend in Nelson, surrounded by good music, good people and even better vibes.

Regional Series: Xena Peristova - Photo by Carla Rees
Tuesday, 20 June 2017

London-based New Zealand pianist Xenia Pestova is touring the country in July, as part of the CMNZ Encompass Regional Series.

Regional Series: The Troubadour Quartet
Tuesday, 20 June 2017

With over 60 years of collective experience, this vibrant and energetic young string quartet was formed in 2016 as part of the Adam Chamber Music Summer School. The quartet is an eclectic group of emerging professionals, aspiring to grow their skills and enthusiasm for chamber music.

Monday, 19 June 2017

In May we offered an audio description service and touch tour for our Auckland Masaaki Suzuki & Juilliard415 concert.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Masaaki Suzuki and Juilliard415 are in New Zealand for a 10 centre tour, during May and June. Maestro Suzuki is an internationally-acclaimed and award-winning Japanese organist, harpsichordist and conductor, and the founder and musical director of the Bach Collegium Japan.

Sigiswald Kuijken
Friday, 19 May 2017

Sigiswald Kuijken, a world leader in establishing historical performance practice, founded the baroque orchestra, La Petite Bande in 1972 and the Kuijken Quartet in 1986.

Black Strings Jazz Festival
Thursday, 18 May 2017

If you saw The Jac on tour earlier this month you’ll want to know about their latest project Seoul Jazz. This unique collaboration with South Korea’s fresh and fiery Black String will have its world premiere at the Wellington Jazz Festival on 10 June.