Behind the scenes of our 2018 Regional Series.

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.


At this time in the year, we reach a hiatus, the tipping point as this year’s concerts come to an end and the 2018 Regional Series begins to take its final shape. But it is also the time of year when CMNZ is seeking proposals for the 2019 Regional Series and so the process of populating that seemingly distant time with concerts has begun already.

Every year CMNZ receive well over fifty applications, from which we select about eight ensembles ranging in size and type, for inclusion on the Regional Roster. These groups are then selected by presenters across the country, including an extensive network of volunteer music societies, who add these performers to their own vibrant seasons.

Next year we have some real treats for you, and because the Regional Series takes music to more than 20 centres right the length of the country from Kaitaia to Gore there is bound to be a brilliant chamber music group performing somewhere very near to you.


The year ahead in numbers.

60 concerts

23 centres

10 New Zealand works, with 6 kiwi composers represented

3 world premieres


Two groups that you will be familiar with from our 2018 Concert Season are Behn Quartet and The Klara Kollektiv. In addition to their inclusion in our subscription season, these brilliant young groups will also be travelling from Kerikeri to the deep south in concerts presented through our regional network. The winner of the Michael Hill International Violin Competition, Ioana Cristina Goicea, is also playing to audiences in the regions.



The 2018 Regional Series line up also includes 5 more accomplished groups, full tour dates yet to be published. 


Mazzoli Trio formed in 2015, these emerging musicians are based in Auckland and have all been participants or winners (2011,2012) of the NZCT Chamber Music Contest. They have toured to China and been the ensemble in residence at the Akaroa Summer Music Festival 2017. Individually and as a group they have received several prestigious awards and secured performing opportunities around the world.


Toru is a new Wellington-based trio consisting of three principal players from Orchestra Wellington. Debussy popularised this combination of flute, viola, and harp with his Sonate en trio; its magnificently varied timbral palette has since captured the imaginations of composers, performers, and audiences alike.


Ol’ King Cole is a drumless jazz trio that perform the hits of the great Nat ‘King’ Cole and his trio along with other performers of his era, with a focus on his early trio which ran from 1943 – 1950. A brilliant, lively performance is always a guarantee with the spirit of the old house band alive, before TVs in bars and when people would dance the night away!


A love of Klezmer folk music has drawn together the combined talents of The Kugels - all prominent soloists in their own right. The programme features the original Klezmer compositions of accordionist/NZ Arts Laureate Ross Harris, interspersed with music from the traditional repertoire.
A wide palette of sound is produced by these versatile musicians, and their concerts are presented with a commentary which is informative, entertaining, and engaging.


Richard Mapp is a well-known pianist who has toured many times for Chamber Music New Zealand, performed with the major orchestras and appeared as chamber music partner with the NZSQ and other leading musicians in this country. He has recorded six CDs and is frequently heard on RNZ Concert. He is also an experienced adjudicator and dedicated teacher. As well as several tertiary positions he has coached and adjudicated for the NZCT Chamber Music Contest.


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