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. 

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.


Here are Five Fast Facts, you might not know about: 

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.

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.

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.

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.


royal new zealand ballet
Wednesday, 26 April 2017

RNZB: Three by Ekman

Wednesday, 26 April 2017


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:

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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


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.


Tuesday, 7 February 2017

In 2017 we are offering an Audio Description service at our Auckland Masaaki Suzuki and Juilliard415 concert, on Friday 26 May. The concert will start at 7:30pm, with the touch tour at 6pm.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Review by  James R. Oestreich , New York Times

The bass Alex Rosen, center, with William Christie leading Juilliard415 in Jean-Philippe Rameau’s “Castor et Pollux” at Alice Tully Hall on Wednesday evening. CreditHiroyuki Ito for The New York Times

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Reviewed by MARIAN POOLE

Stomping and cheering from a full house at Glenroy Auditorium on Saturday evening won two encores from Brahms' Hungarian Dances. Performed with full gypsy flair and vigour by the London Conchord Ensemble, they left the audience zinging.

Tony Chen Lin, piano, talks to a captive audience in Rangiora (credit Jeffery Wen)
Tuesday, 18 October 2016

On Monday we officially farewelled the 2016 Kaleidoscopes Season with a brilliant final tour by the London Conchord Ensemble, concluding  concerts in Hawke’s Bay and Palmerston North.

Tony Chen Lin with captive audience in Rangiora (credit Jeffery Wen)
Friday, 14 October 2016

Celebrated young Kiwi pianist Tony Chen Lin returned from studies in Europe for a national tour in September and October, performing in more than ten New Zealand centres as part of Chamber Music New Zealand's 2016 Encompass Series.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

"We are immensely looking forward to our series of concerts for Chamber Music New Zealand this Autumn, and are excited to be playing programmes that put every one of the musicians centre stage.

Friday, 2 September 2016

This month James Dunham will embark on his first trip to NZ, to join NZSQ for special tour highlighting masterpiece from Brahms and Mozart. In Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch the quintet will take over the city with the unique format of a one day-mini festival. 

Friday, 2 September 2016

Salina Fisher is one of the most remarkable young NZ composers. Chamber Music Contest Alumna, she will have her new piece, Tōrino, premiered by the New Zealand String Quartet during the QuintEssence Mini Festival in Wellington

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

QuintEssence Mini Festival:  celebrate Brahms and Mozart all in one day: a once-in-a-lifetime experience!


Thursday, 18 August 2016

Monique Lapins, still in her 20s, has already an enviable curriculum with experiences in Australia, Singapore, Japan and New Zealand. She recently joined the New Zealand String Quartet as second violin, taking over from Douglas Beilman who played the second violin with the quartet for 26 years.


Tuesday, 16 August 2016

We are over the moon for the reception of the Arts for All Award, at The Arts Access Awards 2016.

It all started as a big experiment to try and take chamber music back to its original intent: a universal language that can bring people together.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Hamilton ensemble Yerevan Trio are the 2016 overall winners of the NZCT Chamber Music Contest – the first time a Hamilton group has won the contest!

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

You don’t need to be an expert in classical music to know about Brahms and Mozart. Their talent and popularity is recognized worldwide.

But how many of you know about the man behind the composer. And most of all, who would win the ultimate face-off?

Photo credit: Andy Crown
Monday, 8 August 2016

After a week-end full ot talent, laughs and many memorable moments, we have a winner for the 2016 NZCT Chamber Music Contest.

Trinity Trio Chamber Music
Monday, 1 August 2016

Review by Hanno Fairburn, Rotorua Daily Post  

NZCT Chamber Music Contest Auckland
Monday, 1 August 2016

Review by William

Messiaen Quartet for the end of time
Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Olivier Messiaen (1908 – 1992). He was a French composer, organist, and ornithologist, one of the major composers of the 20th century. He travelled widely and wrote works inspired by diverse influences such as Japanese music, the landscape of Bryce Canyon in Utah and the life of St.

Monday, 18 July 2016

The NZCT Chamber Music Contest is one of the most anticipated events on the calendar of many New Zealand music lovers. It’s an event in continuous metamorphosis, growing and changing through the years.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

At just 27 years old British virtuoso Julian Bliss is widely recognised as one of the world’s finest clarinettists. He heads to New Zealand on his first ever nationwide tour to perform with NZTrio in 10 centres from Auckland to Invercargill.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

“What can we do that’s the easiest thing for us to all feel connected? Make some music together. So simple,” says community musician Julian Raphael in a video about Chamber Music New Zealand’s relaxed workshops and concerts for people with intellectual disability.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Do you want more out of your concert experience? Come along to our free CMNZ prelude series. Enjoy artist Q&A sessions, pre-concert talks, panel discussions and Open Stage performances.

Friday, 1 July 2016

Review by William Dart, New Zealand Herald

In the third concert of her Winner's Tour, a reward for taking top honours in the 2015 Michael Hill International Violin Competition, Suyeon Kang revealed the interpretative scope that secured last year's success.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

The Regional Finals were held 25-26June in Auckland (Northern Regional Final), Napier (Central Regional Final) and Christchurch (Southern Regional Final). 

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Have you ever wanted to attend one of our concerts, but weren’t sure what to do with the kids? Bring them with you! Want to introduce your children to the magic of music? Share the experience!

CMNZ recognizes the importance of family and we want to help.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

British prodigy Julian Bliss will soon land in New Zealand for his winter tour over the months of July and August. At only 27 years old he is already widely recognized as one of the world’s finest clarinettists, excelling as a concert soloist, chamber musician and jazz artist.

Hamilton Gardens Harp Trio performing at Open Stage in Auckland (photo credit Rachel Bates)
Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Do you want more out of your concert experience? Come along to our free pre-concert events. Enjoy artist Q&A sessions, pre-concert talks and Open Stage events.

In 2016, Open Stage sees successful groups from the NZCT Chamber Music Contest share the stage with national and international music legends.

Enso String Quartet
Saturday, 21 May 2016

By David Sell

Maureen Nelson and Ken Hamao, violins, Melissa Reardon, viola, Richard Belcher, cello