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. 
 

Anderson & Roe Piano Duo
Monday, 30 October 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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

 


 

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.

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

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. 

Beethoven
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.

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.

NZTrio
Thursday, 27 July 2017

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

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. In the very first event in 1965, there were 60 groups entered in the competition.

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. Multi-day residencies, like this one, always have a particular kind of atmosphere - the idea of a group of people flying from all over the country, as well as Australia and UK (yes you've read that right!), to make music together is always magical.

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. After a childhood in Siberia she moved to Wellington when she was 12 years old and later completed her tertiary studies at Victoria University, with Judith Clark.

 

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.

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.

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.

 

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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.

Alistair Frase matariki
Thursday, 18 May 2017

This year we are teaming up with Wellington Museum and, for the first time with Pātaka Art + Museum, to celebrate Matariki. These family friendly concerts will weave the hauntingly beautiful music of taonga puoro and traditional chamber music instruments in a unique homage to Matariki.

Juilliard415
Friday, 12 May 2017

(From left to right: Keiran Campbell, Karen Dekker, Jeffrey Girton, Ūla Kinderyté,)

Monday, 8 May 2017

Tell us three things you already know about New Zealand!

Great rugby team! Great landscapes, ocean sides, fauna, flora etc.. There is also this punk music band “die die die” that I listened to several years ago.

What is it like being part of the “Juilliard Family”?

Friday, 5 May 2017

Reviewed by Stephen Fisher

In its search for engaging programming, Ensemble Paladino maintains a flexible line-up of musicians with strong New Zealand and international links, chosen according to programme.

royal new zealand ballet
Wednesday, 26 April 2017

RNZB: Three by Ekman

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

From movies to the media, The Juilliard School’s reputation spreads far and wide. But what’s it really like to be part of the Juilliard family? We talked to violinist Alana Youssefian, one of the 18 Historical Performance students that will join maestro Masaaki Suzuki for a two-week NZ tour.

 

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Described as being “on par with any global contemporary jazz bands (The Jac) is an exquisite slice of NZ jazz and one that deserves to be heard”.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

You have announced Justine’s decision to leave the trio after an amazing partnership of 15 years. Justine, I’m sure our audience would love to know if you have any plans already in store for the future?

Crown Plaza
Thursday, 23 March 2017

From our Partners:

The Key to a Great Weekend - Crowne Plaza Auckland Weekend Special

Transform your evening at the concert hall to a weekend in the centre of it all. Enjoy accommodation for two adults including breakfast and late checkout.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

To celebrate the beginning of our partnership with Driving Miss Daisy we want to treat you to something special this month. We are giving away a double pass to Kathryn Stott & NZSQ concert in May, together with a ride to and from the concert hall! 

L'Arpeggiata Christina Pluhar Review
Friday, 17 March 2017

Reviewed by William Dart

It was an exhilarating launch for both the Auckland Arts Festival's classical programme and Chamber Music New Zealand's upcoming season. In 90 minutes, the 11 stylish musicians of L'Arpeggiata laid out a baroque musical banquet spiced with the tastiest jazz flavourings.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Kathryn Stott will join the New Zealand String Quartet for a two-week tour in May.

 

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Thursday, 23 February 2017

#WIN

Enter the draw to win one of two Music for a While: Improvisations on Henry Purcell CDs recorded by our first international guest artists of the Season, L'Arpeggiata.

Wellington Region
Thursday, 23 February 2017

In the Wellington region, we enjoy plenty of opportunities to experience beautiful chamber music.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

 

The 2017 Kaleidoscopes Season is opening in grand style, thanks to early music legends, L’Arpeggiata. Considered chamber music “rock stars”, this ensemble has a reputation to turn every concert into a party, thanks to their inexhaustible energy and charisma.

 

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Monday, 20 February 2017

Is it Early Music played superbly that gets you excited? With so much on offer in 2017 you can have it all for an incredible price with this specially tailored series.  

 

Friday, 17 February 2017

The 2017 Season has been announced and the line up is one of a kind, ranging from solo artists to ensembles of 20 musicians, from early music and the classics, to more contemporary sounds.

Photo of Ensemble Paladino
Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Most great things are created or come into being because of necessity. The need to present uncompromising, diverse and fearless chamber music on the highest level is what sparked the creation of Ensemble Paladino, according to Martin Rummel, the cellist and founder of the ensemble.

 

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