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. 

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Described as being “on par with any global contemporary jazz bands (The Jac) is an exquisite slice of NZ jazz and one that deserves to be heard”.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

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?

Crown Plaza
Thursday, 23 March 2017

From our Partners:

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

To celebrate the beginning of our partnership with Driving Miss Daisy we want to treat you to something special this month.

L'Arpeggiata Christina Pluhar Review
Friday, 17 March 2017

Reviewed by William Dart

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Kathryn Stott will join the New Zealand String Quartet for a two-week tour in May.


Thursday, 23 February 2017


Enter the draw to win one of two Music for a While: Improvisations on Henry Purcell CDs recorded by our first international guest artists of the Season, L'Arpeggiata.

Wellington Region
Thursday, 23 February 2017

In the Wellington region, we enjoy plenty of opportunities to experience beautiful chamber music.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017


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.

Monday, 20 February 2017

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.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

In 2017 we are offering an Audio Description service at our Auckland Masaaki Suzuki and Juilliard415 conce

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Review by  James R. Oestreich , 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 Se

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.

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.

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.

NZCT Chamber Music Contest Auckland
Monday, 1 August 2016

Trinity Trio Chamber Music
Monday, 1 August 2016

Review by Hanno Fairburn, Rotorua Daily Post  

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

By Faith Wilson

Enso String Quartet
Saturday, 21 May 2016

By David Sell

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 

 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