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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.
“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.
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.
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.
Here are 5 Fast Facts to introduce you this eclectic young musician and his many talents.
Touring New Zealand this winter, Australian violinist Suyeon Kang is guaranteed to warm your spirits with her energetic and challenging repertoire. Suyeon has squeezed a lot into her 27 years, winning competitions, completing her Masters in Germany and moving house while she’s at it. Here are 5 Fast Facts that are guaranteed to get you excited about her upcoming tour.
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...
Richard Belcher, cello
You grew up in Christchurch, and are now based in the United States - what was it like coming 'home' on your 2012 tour? What are you looking forward to on this return trip?
Les Talens Lyriques are set to transport New Zealand audiences back 300 years.
Leading French harpsichordist Christophe Rousset founded Les Talens Lyriques more than twenty years ago. They are known for championing historical instrument performance, rediscovering old works, and presenting repertoire ranging from the Early Baroque to the dawn of Romanticism.
The critically acclaimed Spooner Mosley Duo features New Zealand-born pianist Kathryn Mosley, and British cellist Joseph Spooner.
Kathryn and Joseph met while studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London; and have since toured and performed internationally for many years. The duo has a broad repertoire, with a particular interest in the English and New Zealand repertoire of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
New York-based jazz pianist and composer Uri Caine is known for crossing the divide between the classical and jazz genres. He is touring ten New Zealand centres in March 2016, and will be joined by the New Zealand String Quartet in four of his concerts. His name will be familiar to some local audiences - he came to NZ back in 2002, as part of a group touring with prolific jazz trumpeter Dave Douglas.
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.
Unheard new music, Douglas Lilburn, and birthday cake? Enter this giveaway and enjoy all three!
Nine New Zealand composers and the leading new music ensemble Stroma are joining forces to mark Douglas Lilburn's 100th birthday. A one-off Wellington concert on Monday 2 November will feature nine world premieres. And we're giving away a double pass!
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.
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.
This newly-formed group of four distinguished singers gave beautiful performances of a neglected part of the vocal repertoire: art songs and lieder. They all have operatic backgrounds, and brought skills like projection, colour and expression, but scaled them down for solos, duets and quartets in the intimacy of chamber music.
Supported by Creative New Zealand, the Mimosa Ensemble commissioned a new work for their 2015 tour by Salina Fisher: Unfinished Portrait
The Mimosa Ensemble have been touring the country during July-August, with concerts in Tauranga, Wellington, Waikanae, Lower Hutt, Wanganui, Motueka, Rangiora, Gore, Gisborne, Whakatane and Kerikeri. More details here.
The Mimosa Ensemble are involved in a very exciting pilot scheme: a music residency at schools in the Hutt Valley. Chamber Music New Zealand are happy to have partnered with Hutt Valley High School, and grateful for additional funding from Creative Communities Hutt City and the Rotary Clubs of Petone and Hutt City.