2014 Encompass Season roster
Chamber Music New Zealand is delighted to announce the twelve ensembles and soloists selected as part of our 2014 regional roster. Having received a large number of proposals from all around the world for the Encompass Season, next year’s roster has an unprecedented range of ensembles: a broad mix of combinations, genres and programmes, and featuring artists right across the gamut of their careers from emerging to mid-career, to established ensembles.
Two emerging NZ/international groups are travelling from Europe, there is a wealth of old masterpieces as well as exciting new and New Zealand repertoire, and there are even two wild cards – jazz and klezmer bands enter the series for the first time.
These groups have now been made available for bookings to our chamber music associate societies around 25 regional centres from Kaitaia to Gore. In November of 2013 specific tour dates and details will be confirmed, with the full season and schedule being published on this website in January 2014.
ACE Brass (brass trio)
Also from the Auckland Philharmonia: a brass trio! (horn, trumpet, trombone). Founded by Emma Richards from Timaru, 3rd principal horn and graduate of Banff, this is a fresh, young, fun group presenting the best of 20th century brass repertoire.
Koru Quintet (wind quintet)
The classic wind quintet combination (flute, reeds, horn) formed of members of the Auckland Philharmonia. They offer classic wind quintet repertoire from Mozart, Bozza and Françaix to Ken Wilson, Arnold and Ligeti.
Rangitoto Trio (piano trio)
Amalia Hall, laureate of the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians and post-graduate of the Curtis Institute, teams up with Auckland friends for fragrant programmes of Czech, French and contemporary repertoire.
Gimel (new klezmer)
Pianist/composer Jonathan Besser’s latest quartet: piano, vibes, guitar, bass. Semi-amplified, they play Besser’s own compositions, the “Gimel Music”, inspired by klezmer, classical and jazz. They are acclaimed for their festival performances in Auckland and Sydney, and are releasing a CD on Atoll in May.
Buz Bryant Greene (solo piano)
The emerging pianist: winner of the Kapiti National Piano Competition 2005 and masters graduate of the NZSM, he has performed widely in regional centres and offers an adventurous programme of 20th century NZ and European works.
Nikki Chooi, MHIVC Winner’s Tour (violin, piano)
Nikki Chooi, the winner of the Michael Hill International Violin Competition 2013 – one of the world’s future big-name violinists, joining a list of names that includes Natalia Lomeiko, Josef Špaček and Sergey Malov, right at the beginning of their careers. Stephen De Pledge accompanies.
La Belle Alliance (violin, piano, soprano )
This Dunedin married duo recently returned from the USA; violinist Tessa Petersen teaches violin at the University of Otago and they have recently released an acclaimed CD of NZ violin/piano music. Here they team up with soprano Rebecca Ryan for Anthony Ritchie’s song cycle Thoughts From an Inner Garden, plus others.
Antithesis Quintet (clarinet quintet)
The clarinet is Anna McGregor, studying chamber music with this group at the Stockholm Conservatory. They travel to NZ in 2014 to record an album of NZ music for Atoll, including Anthony Ritchie’s clarinet quintet. Ritchie: “I am enormously impressed by this group”.
Stephen de Pledge (solo piano)
The established pianist: Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland and internationally in demand, he offers a programme inspired by WH Auden – “Tell me the truth about love”.
Faust Quartet (string quartet)
NZ violinist Simone Roggen, Contest winner and recent graduate of the Lucerne Conservatory, has recently been appointed to the Cologne-based Faust Quartet. Founded in 1996, they have swept through the European competition circuit (six 1st and 2nd prizes within three years). International travel funded by Goethe Institut.
Donizetti Trio (bassoon/flute/piano trio)
The bassoon makes its debut on the roster. This trio, members of the faculty of the University of Auckland and active on the Auckland and Waikato performing scene, present this delightful repertoire from Mozart to the present day.
The Troubles (jazz)
Led by expat UK drummer John Rae, 2009 Lilburn Composer in Residence and veteran of over 30 albums (including two BBC Jazz albums of the Year), The Troubles are Wellington’s coolest jazz band and one of this country’s most original and engaging ensembles. Six-piece acoustic. Resident every Sunday at Meow.