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. 

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

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!

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.

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

“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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Saturday, 21 May 2016

By Faith Wilson

Sophie Garrett (harp), Borson Wong (violin) and Alice Hall (soprano)  perform  ‘A Small Garden of Songs’ by David Hamilton
Friday, 20 May 2016

Young chamber music group, Hamilton Gardens, will be premiering David Hamilton's 'A Small Garden of Songs' for the Auckland District Rounds of the 2016 NZCT Chamber Music Contest

 Catherine Mackintosh (violin)
Sunday, 15 May 2016

A performance by Catherine Mackintosh (violin) & Douglas Mews (fortepiano)
Presented by Whangarei Music Society in association with CMNZ.

Reviewed by Paul Serotsky

Enso String Quartet
Tuesday, 19 April 2016

The Enso String Quartet were very popular during their tour here in 2012. They are back for another ten concerts around the country - we thought we'd ask some of them a few questions before they hit the road...

Christophe Rousset
Monday, 18 April 2016

Review by Simon Holden, Bachtrack

Monday, 18 April 2016

review by Paul Serotsky, Nothern Advocate

Les Talens Lyriques
Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Review by Marian Poole, Otago Daily Times

Christophe Rousset
Friday, 18 March 2016

Les Talens Lyriques are set to transport New Zealand audiences back 300 years. 

Spooner Mosley Duo
Thursday, 17 March 2016

by Jack Hobbs

The critically acclaimed Spooner Mosley Duo features New Zealand-born pianist Kathryn Mosley, and British cellist Joseph Spooner.

Uri Caine
Friday, 19 February 2016

by Hannah Darroch

Photo credit: Ross Brown
Wednesday, 17 February 2016

The Royal New Zealand Ballet presents Speed of Light, three larger-than-life contemporary classics that showcase the energy, precision and charisma of New Zealand’s national ballet company, under the artistic leadership of Francesco Ventriglia.

Photo credit: Andi Crown
Friday, 29 January 2016

We are offering an Audio Description service and a Touch Tour during our Les Talens Lyriques concerts. 

Babysitting Club
Saturday, 24 October 2015

Now it's even easier for people of all ages to enjoy Chamber Music New Zealand concerts!

We have great discounts for seniors, some new and improved special prices for under 35’s, and a Babysitting Club for those who have to book a babysitter for the evening…

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Unheard new music, Douglas Lilburn, and birthday cake? Enter this giveaway and enjoy all three!

The Vienna Piano Trio outside the Glenroy Auditorium in Dunedin
Monday, 19 October 2015

Review by Marian Poole, Otago Daily Times

A near full house at the Glenroy Auditorium on Sunday evening received a performance of the Vienna Piano Trio with enthusiastic shouting, clapping and stamping. This was the last concert of the 2015 Chamber Music NZ season, and arguably one of the best.

Vienna Piano Trio on their drive to Nelson
Friday, 16 October 2015

Concert review by Paul G Taylor, Nelson Mail

The Vienna Piano Trio gave their first performance in 1989 with Stefan Mendl at the piano. He is the sole founding member of the current ensemble, having been joined by Matthias Gredler, cello, in 2001 and David McCarroll, violin, earlier this year. 

In the Neighbourhood
Wednesday, 14 October 2015

We are in the neighbourhood - find out who's touring in our regional series. 

Michael Houstoun. Photo by John Hawkins
Monday, 28 September 2015

Concert review by John Button, Dominion Post

Aided by music on an iPad, Michael Houstoun gave the eighth concert in his New Zealand wide tour of this cleverly-constructed programme and, as you would expect, it is fully under his fingers.

NZ Guitar Quartet
Friday, 25 September 2015

Review by Stephen Fisher, Manawatu Standard