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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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.
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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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.