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, 13 June 2011

Russian violinist Sergey Malov (pictured) has won the prestigious Michael Hill International Violin Competition 2011. Sergey was named the winner following the final round of the contest at the Auckland Town Hall accompanied by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra on Saturday night (11 June).

Brentano String Quartet
Thursday, 9 June 2011

by William Dart, The New Zealand Herald

Tuesday's concert by the Brentano String Quartet made it clear that four years is too long a wait for a return visit.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

by Andrew Buchanan-Smart, Waikato Times

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Last year Chamber Music New Zealand celebrated 60 years of chamber music presentation, advocacy and development. The organisation’s formative years, from 1950 to 1982, were thoroughly documented in the 1985 book Into A New Key by John Mansfield Thomson.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

As you may be aware, Chamber Music New Zealand's usual Christchurch venue, the James Hay Theatre in the Town Hall complex, sustained major damage after the 22 February earthquake and is unavailable for the rest of our 2011 season. So we went looking for a new venue … and in the process also arranged a bonus free concert by superstar UK violinist Tasmin Little.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

by William Dart, The New Zealand Herald

Seated in a town hall that deserved to be much, much fuller, waiting for the New Zealand String Quartet to take the stage, I felt privileged.

Friday, 6 May 2011

by Andrew Buchanan-Smart, Waikato Times

The NZSQ gave a well-balanced programme in many ways, covering a vast musical terrain and Schoenberg’s musically pivotal work.

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

by Tim Jones, The Tribune

Chamber Music New Zealand continued its exciting 2011 season with Mozart, Ross Harris and Dvorak on the menu for the New Zealand String Quartet.

Mozart’s String Quartet No. 8 in D, K575 was apparently written without much enthusiasm by Mozart during his final years of financial difficulty

Monday, 2 May 2011

by Allan Purdy, Taranaki Daily News

A soprano and a string quartet together! Yes, the New Zealand String Quartet with Jenny Wollerman gave the first New Zealand performance of Schoenberg's String Quartet No 2 in the Theatre Royal on Saturday night.

New Zealand String Quartet (left) and Jenny Wollerman (right)
Friday, 29 April 2011

by Margot Hannigan, Nelson Mail

How I admire the energy of the New Zealand String Quartet. They continue to bring new and exciting programmes to their audiences with vitality and panache.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

by Nigel Zega, Otago Daily Times

Chamber Music New Zealand supergroup Elixir served up a smorgasbord of songs yesterday at the lunchtime launch of acts at the Southern Lakes Festival of Colour.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

by Hanno Fairburn, The Daily Post

The Rotorua Music Federation ventured into new territory on Monday evening at the Concert Chamber with the appearance of Elixir, a Wellington ensemble of voice, piano and clarinet.

Friday, 1 April 2011

by Allan Purdy, Taranaki Daily News

Chamber Music New Zealand's 2011 Kaleidoscopes Concert Season got off to a brilliant start on Wednesday evening.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

by Peter Mechen, Middle C

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

by Margot Hannigan, Nelson Mail

Friday, 18 March 2011

Preliminary assessments of CMNZ's Christchurch venue confirmed structural damage following the 22 February earthquake. More detailed assessments are on-going. For the latest update, click here.

At this stage CMNZ plans to continue with the remaining six concerts scheduled for the year in Christchurch.

Thursday, 3 March 2011

As a result of the February 22 earthquake, the Christchurch concert by Austrian ensemble the Eggner Trio, scheduled for Thursday 17 March at the James Hay Theatre, has unfortunately been cancelled.

The trio were scheduled to open Chamber Music New Zealand's 2011 Kaleidoscopes Concert Season with their Christchurch concert.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Elegance, style, and relaxation are all synonymous with the very English tradition of afternoon tea – as are sandwiches, scones, jam, and lashings of cream.

Friday, 19 November 2010

In October, we were delighted to celebrate our 60th birthday in style with Schubertiade concerts in all ten centres, showcasing some of New Zealand’s best loved musicians.

Friday, 19 November 2010
In October, we were delighted to celebrate our 60th birthday in style with Schubertiade concerts in all ten centres, showcasing some of New Zealand’s best loved musicians.
Monday, 8 November 2010

by Allan Purdy, Taranaki Daily News

Bring two of our musical jewels, pianist Michael Houstoun and the New Zealand String Quartet together, add a tall, handsome guy on the double bass and you have a stunningly beautiful tiara of sound.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

by William Dart, New Zealand Herald

Chamber Music New Zealand's Schubertiade concert on Thursday night, featuring the New Zealand String Quartet with pianist Michael Houstoun and bassist Michael Steer, was a substantial affair.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

by Margot Hannigan, Nelson Mail

Monday, 1 November 2010

On Thursday October 21, the hall of Nelson's Victory Primary School rang out to the sound of over 100 children and teachers singing and dancing alongside Julian Raphael and the members of The Song Company.

Saturday, 30 October 2010
Music teaching might be disappearing from many schools but a programme in Nelson is a reminder of the effects it can have on children.
Thursday, 21 October 2010
CMNZ's 2011 Kaleidoscopes Concert Season promises another exciting year of chamber music, opening with the return of the extremely popular and engaging Viennese brothers, the Eggner Trio.
Thursday, 21 October 2010

CMNZ's 2011 Kaleidoscopes Concert Season promises another exciting year of chamber music.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

by John Button, The Dominion Post

The Sydney based six member Song Company, which has been around since 1984 and directed by Belgian Roland Peelman since 1990, is an extraordinary group.

Thursday, 14 October 2010

By William Dart,  New Zealand Herald

Saturday, 25 September 2010

by Hanno Fairburn, The Daily Post (Rotorua)

The Aroha String Quartet distinguished themselves with a polished performance at the Concert Chamber on Saturday evening.

Monday, 20 September 2010

by Andrew Buchanan-Smart, Waikato Times

What: CMNZ: Piers Lane and the Doric String Quartet
When: Saturday 15th August
Where: WEL Academy of Performing Arts

This partnership of CMNZ with the ROSL enabled the combination of the Doric Quartet and pianist Piers Lane to weave their magic.

Sunday, 19 September 2010

by Lindis Taylor, Middle C

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

by William Dart, New Zealand Herald

Samuel Johnson famously claimed that one would have to be tired of life to be tired of London. The same holds true for Haydn's String Quartets.

Friday, 10 September 2010

by Lindis Taylor, Middle C

Haydn: Quartet in D, Op 64 No 5 ‘The Lark’; Bartók: String Quartet No 3; Chopin: Nocturne in E flat, Op 55 No 2; Ballade No 3 in A flat, Op 47; Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor, Op 34

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

by Marian Poole, Otago Daily Times

Harrowing Britten piece played with grace, beauty

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

by John Perry, Southland Times

The Invercargill Civic Theatre showcased the young, prize-winning United Kingdom-based Doric String Quartet and acclaimed Australian-born touring pianist Piers Lane on Tuesday.

Sunday, 22 August 2010

by Rosemary Collier, Middle C

Wellington Chamber Music Society

Turína: Piano trio no.2 in B minor, Op.76; Rebecca Clarke: Piano trio; Mendelssohn: Piano trio in D minor, Op.49

Cook Strait Trio – Blythe Press (violin), Amber Rainey (piano), Hugo Zanker (cello)

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

by Garth Wilshere, Capital Times

The brilliant 23 year old Czech violinist Josef Špaček who won the Michael Hill International Violin Competition last year performed with the Auckland Philharmonia as part of his prize, and has been touring the country for Chamber Music New Zealand.

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

by John Button, The Dominion Post

Josef Spacek (violin), Michael Houstoun (piano).
Music by Martinu, Janacek, Ysaye and Beethoven
Wellington Town Hall, July 5

Friday, 2 July 2010

by Shona Thomson, Life Member, Southland

"This was a performance which was a real highlight in concerts of this type. Our large audience obviously appreciated the virtuosity and warm stage presence of both performers.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

by Garth Wilshere, Capital Times

THIS was a Chamber Music New Zealand innovation and proved a most interesting concept.

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