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. 

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.

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

Sunday, 19 September 2010

by Lindis Taylor, Middle C

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

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.

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

by William Dart, New Zealand Herald

There was a spirit of an end-of-semester concert permeating the town hall during the Wallfisch Band's Venetian Carnival.

Sunday, 23 May 2010

by Andrew Buchanan-Smart, The Waikato Times

Saturday, 22 May 2010

by John Button, The Dominion Post

Thursday, 20 May 2010

by Peter Mechen, Middle C

Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin), director / Raquel Massadas (viola) / Jaap ter Linden (‘cello) / Albert-Jan Roelofs (harpsichord)


Friday, 30 April 2010

by John Button, The Dominion Post

Monday, 26 April 2010

by John Button, The Dominion Post

In recent years NZTrio has established itself as one of the finest chamber ensembles in Australasia and, given the richness of the piano trio repertoire, there will never be a shortage of works for it to perform.

Saturday, 24 April 2010

by Anne Bovett, Taranaki Daily News

With a well-selected and varied programme, the NZTrio proved again what masterful musicians they are, engaging, delighting and imparting new perspectives to the appreciative audience.

Thursday, 22 April 2010

by William Dart, The New Zealand Herald

Enchanting dialogue in ultimate dreamworld

The NZTrio shows its true colours with the classy playing we have come to expect.

Thursday, 22 April 2010

by Michael Houstoun

The NZ Trio concert in Palmerston North last night was truly wonderful. I hadn't heard a single note they played before and I was riveted from beginning to end. They played with great integrity, musicality, intelligence, verve and truly as one mind.

Monday, 19 April 2010

by Andrew Buchanan-Smart , The Waikato Times

The first in a series of nationwide concerts was very enjoyable, especially so for the premieres of contemporary works.

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

by John Daly-Peoples, The National Business Review

Auckland Museum Auditorium
March 21st

Saturday, 20 March 2010

by Stephen Fisher, Manawatu Standard

CHAMBER Music New Zealand certainly chose one of the jewels in the crown of international chamber music ensembles for its inaugural concert of the Kaleidoscopes Concert Season, a season that celebrates its diamond jubilee.

Monday, 15 March 2010

by William Dart, The New Zealand Herald

Chamber Music New Zealand has always looked after its loyal audiences, bringing the best the world can offer to local concert stages.

Monday, 15 March 2010

by Andrew Buchanan-Smart

WEL Energy Trust Academy of Performing Arts, Hamilton,Sunday 14th March

Monday, 8 March 2010

by Margot Hannigan, The Nelson Mail

The Borodin Quartet more than lived up to their formidable reputation as the world’s most enduring quartet.  They deserve all the reverence and accolades they receive.

Monday, 8 March 2010
AUDIO: Murray Khouri reviews the Borodin Quartet, Zephyr Wind Quintet, and tenor Keith Lewis with pianist Michael Houstoun.
Monday, 8 March 2010

by John Button, The Dominion Post

8th of March 2010, John Button, The Dominion Post

Friday, 5 March 2010

by Rosalind Appleby, The Western Australian

Perth Concert Hall

Monday, 1 March 2010

by Peter McCallum, The Sydney Morning Herald

City Recital Hall, Sydney

Thursday, 18 February 2010

by Jennifer Gall, The Canberra Times

Llewellyn Hall, Canberra, Thursday 18 February 2010

Thursday, 18 February 2010

by Eamonn Kelly, The Australian

Borodin Quartet: Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne, February 16.

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

by Ruth Allison, Nelson Mail

Thursday, 22 October 2009

by Timothy Jones, The Press

Wednesday, 21 October 2009


by Peter Williams, Hawkes Bay Today

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

by Lindis Taylor, Dominion Post

This final concert in Chamber Music New Zealand’s 2009 season was a brilliant ending to the year, capped by General Manager Euan Murdoch’s announcement of celebratory programmes for 2010, CMNZ’s 60th anniversary.