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. 
 

Jack in his 70th year, 28 April 2014. (Photo: Kevin Stent/Fairfax Media)
Wednesday, 20 May 2015

A free public concert to honour the life and music of Wellington composer Jack Body, who passed away on 10 May, will take place at St Andrews on the Terrace this Sunday, 24 May at 2pm.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

by Alan Purdy, Taranaki Daily News

The music of leading New Zealand composer John Psathas featured strongly in the Composer Connections concert presented by Chamber Music New Zealand at the Theatre Royal on Monday evening.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Here we go. This June is the 2015 Kaleidoscopes Concert Season tour not to miss!

Monday, 11 May 2015

They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

Composer Jack Body, 1944-2015
Sunday, 10 May 2015

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the death of composer Jack Body.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

by Margot Hannigan, Nelson Mail

To celebrate NZ Music Month, we were offered a very different concert – a collaboration between the NZTrio and three young contemporary New Zealand composers.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015
Celebrated NZ composer Ross Harris takes centre stage in our 2015 NZ Music Month activities - Composer Connections.
Composers Alex Taylor and Karlo Margetic
Saturday, 2 May 2015

by Elizabeth Kerr, The Listener

Three generations of Kiwi composers concoct a tour series.

John Psathas (Photo by Gareth Watkins)
Thursday, 30 April 2015

Renowned NZ composer John Psathas plays a pivotal role in our 2015 NZ Music Month activities - Composer Connections.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015
Meet other music enthusiasts, have fun and help out behind the scenes at the Chamber Music Contest! We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help at the Auckland District Rounds of our nationwide NZCT Chamber Music Contest. Over 100 ensembles will perform in the event which takes place across five days (Wednesday 3 – Sunday 7 June 2015 at Raye Freedman Performing Arts Centre, Epsom Girls' Grammar). Volunteer today!
Thursday, 23 April 2015

by Hanno Fairburn, Daily Post Rotorua

The quartet are in now in their 28th year and, with some changes in members, have become a New Zealand music institution for impeccable playing and adventurous programming.

Here they had chosen three works of great contrasts in moods and styles, and were completely poised as they deftly moved from one to the next.

Jack! Celebrating Jack Body composer
Wednesday, 15 April 2015

In May, publisher Steele Roberts is launching Jack! Celebrating Jack Body composer, a book of tributes from almost 120 of Jack's colleagues, friends, students and family.

Friday, 10 April 2015

Chamber Music New Zealand is pleased to offer audio description and a touch tour for two of our 2015 concerts in the

Thursday, 2 April 2015

by Brenda Harwood, The Star (Dunedin)

The extraordinary skill, flair, and assurance of Britain's acclaimed Brodsky Quartet held a large audience in thrall during Monday night's opening performance of Chamber Music New Zealand's 2015 season.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

by Alan Purdy, North Taranaki Midweek

Their suitably casual attire for this early evening concert was belied by the Brodsky Quartet’s intensive attention to the detail and drama of their playing.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

by Marian Poole, Otago Daily Times

cheered its appreciation of a well honed, excellently balanced programme from the Brodsky Quartet at the Glenroy Auditorium for the opening concert of the chamber music season.

Brodsky Quartet perform in Invercargill
Wednesday, 1 April 2015

by Brittany Picket, Southland Times

As an audible gasp proved last night, the best way to explain a performance by The Brodsky Quartet is simply 'wow'.

Monday, 30 March 2015

by John Button, Dominion Post

This was Chamber Music New Zealand’s first concert of the year in Wellington, and it immediately drew attention to the problem of the past couple of years: Can the Michael Fowler Centre be seen as a proper replacement for the Wellington Town Hall in music for small string groups?

Thursday, 26 March 2015

by Stephen Fisher, Manawatu Standard

Chamber Music New Zealand is celebrating its 50th jubilee (of the Chamber Music Contest) by opening its season with one of the world’s most acclaimed quartets, Britain’s Brodsky Quartet.

The Brodsky Quartet rehearsing in Wellington
Thursday, 26 March 2015

Otago Daily Times

British chamber music group the Brodsky Quartet will visit Dunedin on Monday on a nationwide tour to mark the 50th jubilee of the secondary schools chamber music contest.

Viola player Paul Cassidy answers a few questions about how the quartet started and life on the road.

TAKING A STAND: The Brodsky Quartet, from left, Daniel Rowland (violin), Ian Belton (violin), Paul Cassidy (viola) and Jacqueline Thomas (cello).
Tuesday, 24 March 2015

by Tom Cardy, Dominion Post

The Brodsky Quartet are one of the best in the world. Lead violinist Daniel Rowland talks to Tom Cardy about playing with Elvis Costello and shaking up the classical world by standing up while they play.

Brodsky Quartet
Friday, 20 March 2015
Looking to foray into modern classical? Your search is over. Or perhaps your search has just begun. Welcome to Bela Bartók. And moreover, welcome to The Brodsky Quartet playing Bartók. The string to your bow is that it’s also the outstanding String Quartet No. 5. So settle back into the acoustically appropriate but rather makeshift surrounds of the Concert Chamber at Auckland’s Town Hall, and enjoy.
Brodsky Quartet
Thursday, 19 March 2015

by Andrew Buchanan-Smart, Waikato Times 

The Brodsky Quartet demonstrated why they are among the finest quartets with a programme performed with passion, energy, nocturnal delicacy, beauty and conviction.

Brodsky Quartet
Friday, 13 March 2015
As always the Brodsky Quartet brought something new and alive to the music, bringing out elements and connections which show their commitment to understanding what the composer had going on in their head...
Paul Cassidy, Brodsky Quartet (viola)
Thursday, 19 February 2015

We start the 2015 Kaleidoscopes Concert Season with an ensemble whose approach and ethos to chamber music in education and learning aligns so well with all that CMNZ aims to promote through the Chamber Music Contest. And so in this the Contest's 50th Jubilee year the UK's Brodsky Quartet will tour all ten of our main centres.

Pianist Nicola Melville
Tuesday, 17 February 2015

US based pianist Nicola Melville has the honour of being the first Chamber Music New Zealand performer in 2015 through our Regional Encompass Concerts. Naturally we wanted to find out some important things about her (and the concerts!) before she takes to the road.

2015 Adam Chamber Music Festival, clockwise from top left: Ying Quartet, NZSQ, Helen Webby, David Griffiths
Sunday, 15 February 2015
This year chamber musicians and chamber music lovers alike flocked to Nelson once again for ten days across January and February to be part of the Adam Chamber Music Festival. The Chamber Music NZ blog played host...
Peter Walls, new CEO of Chamber Music New Zealand
Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Chamber Music New Zealand is very pleased to announce that its new Chief Executive is to be Peter Walls, former CE of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and currently Pro Chancellor of Victoria University of Wellington.

Clockwise from top left: Euan with his children Ben and Rosie, Euan receiving a fun gift from the CMNZ staff, CMNZ staff member Victoria Dadd thanking Euan's wife Shelley for her support.
Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Each year CMNZ celebrates the wonderful successes achieved over the year, both within the organisation and with all of our valued friends, supporters and arts and business partners.

Hugh Roberts (flute) and Lavinnia Rae (cello) - Contest Alumni at the Gisborn International Music Competition
Wednesday, 10 December 2014

The 26th Gisborne International Music Competition was held at the beginning of this month and we are delighted that a number of our Chamber Music Contest Alumni were involved.

Seasons Greetings from Chamber Music New Zealand
Friday, 5 December 2014

We've loved going on a journey back to the heart of chamber music this year. A big thank you to all who joined and supported us along the way.

#GivingTuesday 2014
Tuesday, 2 December 2014

We're delighted to be taking part and celebrating in #GivingTuesday 2014 - and we're inviting you to join us!

As a national non-profit charitable organisation we rely on the support of incredibly generous people around the country.

Quattro - 2014 Pettman/ROSL Arts Scholarship winners
Monday, 24 November 2014

The 9th annual Pettman/ROSL ARTS Scholarship was awarded on November 16th 2014 at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts to the cello quartet Quattro (Catherine Kwak, Jacky Siu, Sam Lucas, Alexander Arai-Swale)  from the University of Waikato, Hamilton.

Euan Murdoch. Photo Credit: Simon Darby, Wanaka Photography
Friday, 31 October 2014

Victoria University has announced the appointment of Euan Murdoch (current CMNZ Chief Executive) as the new Director of Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music (NZSM).

AKATO TRIO with Igor Naidin
Friday, 31 October 2014

This year’s Auckland Chamber Music Society Prize winners were decided on Sunday 19 October, 2pm at the Music Theatre, Auckland University School of Music.

Tour with Chamber Music New Zealand (Pictured, Sarah Watkins, Andrew Beer and Mimosa Ensemble 2015 Encompass Roster artists)
Tuesday, 28 October 2014
Chamber Music New Zealand is looking for artists/ensembles to tour in 2016. Do you perform to a high professional standard and have exciting concert repertoire to share with audiences? We'd like to hear from you before 15 December 2014.
Thursday, 23 October 2014

by William Dart, The New Zealand 

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.

Monday, 20 October 2014

by John Button, The Dominion Post

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.

Aroha String Quartet
Wednesday, 15 October 2014

by Margot Hannigan, Nelson Mail

What an international language classical music is. And the Aroha Quartet truly communicates this.

The 2014 winners L'arc en ciel - April Ju (violin), Delvan Lin (piano), Francis Yoon (cello). Photo Credit: Wanaka Photography
Wednesday, 15 October 2014

By Marnie Barrell, Ritmico

Haihong Liu
Friday, 10 October 2014

Meet Haihong Liu, first violinist in NZ's Aroha String Quartet who tour on our main stage for the first time this October in Hamilton, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Nelson and Invercargill. 

Friday, 10 October 2014
In 2015 we celebrate the Jubilee of the national Chamber Music Contest.
Robert Ibell
Friday, 10 October 2014

Meet Robert Ibell, cellist in NZ's Aroha String Quartet who tour on our main stage for the first time this October in Hamilton, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Nelson and Invercargill. 

Left: Bear Trio in 1965 (Miles Golding, Christopher Becket, Mark Jackson) | Right: L'arc en Ciel in 2014 (Francis Yoon, Delvan Lin, April Ju)
Friday, 10 October 2014
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.
Salina Fisher, composer and Contest winner 2007, 2008 and 2010
Friday, 10 October 2014

We are delighted to announce the 14 ensembles and soloists who will be touring as part of our 2015 regional roster. 

The Borodin String Quartet, named after Alexander Borodin, performs at the Moscow Conservatory in 1966
Monday, 6 October 2014
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.
Thursday, 25 September 2014

by Marian Poole, Otago Daily Times

A packed Glenroy Auditorium reverberated with the stamping and cheering acclaim given to the Eggner Trio with Amihai Grosz on Tuesday night.

Energetic precision and consummate professionalism make their performance reliably exceptional yet it remarkably retains performance freshness.

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