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. 

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.

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.

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.

Julian Bliss and NZTrio’s upcoming tour with will be complimented by our CMNZ PRELUDE SERIES, with a different programme in each centre. 

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.

Here are 5 Fast Facts to introduce you this eclectic young musician and his many talents.

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.

In 2016 we launched two new concert programmes designed to introduce the joy of live music to even the youngest listeners - Family Concerts and Rattles and Rhythm.

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.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

By Faith Wilson

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.


Enso String Quartet
Saturday, 21 May 2016

By David Sell

Maureen Nelson and Ken Hamao, violins, Melissa Reardon, viola, Richard Belcher, cello

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

Tuesday 10 May 2016, 7.30 p.m.
The Old Library Arts Centre, Rust Avenue

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...

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?

Monday, 18 April 2016

review by Paul Serotsky, Nothern Advocate

Christophe Rousset
Monday, 18 April 2016

Review by Simon Holden, Bachtrack

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

Uri Caine
Friday, 19 February 2016

by Hannah Darroch

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.

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!

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!

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.

By and large, one could take the quality of the playing as a given – technically immaculate, musically clear-headed – to the point where the listener could concentrate completely on the music.

NZ Guitar Quartet
Friday, 25 September 2015

Review by Stephen Fisher, Manawatu Standard

Takiri Ensemble
Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Review by Hanno Fairburn, Daily Post Rotorua

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.

Michael Houstoun
Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Michael Houstoun is travelling with his iPad on the Inspired by Bach tour.

Perry, Geoffrey William, 1900-1959. Marie Vandewart, Erika Schorss and Dorothy Davies. Davies, Dorothy :Box of photographs relating to the work of Dorothy Davies; two albums. Ref: PAColl-0030-001. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.
Monday, 7 September 2015

We have recently joined Include a Charity - this week is Include a Charity Week

Touch Tour 2015
Wednesday, 19 August 2015

We offered an Audio Description service and a Touch Tour before the Turnovsky Jubilee Ensemble's Auckland concert.

The harpsichord during the touch tour

Takiri Ensemble
Wednesday, 19 August 2015

The Tākiri Ensemble are about to tour seven centres around New Zealand: Kaitaia, Wanaka, Motueka, Waikanae, Wanganui, Rotorua and Whakatane. 

We thought we'd unveil a few additional bits of insider info on each member of the ensemble - Andrew Glover, tenor, is one of the talented five musicians.

CLiK the ensemble
Wednesday, 19 August 2015

CLiK the ensemble: review of their performance in Hamilton, Tuesday 18 August
Review by Andrew Buchanan-Smart

CLiK the ensemble
Tuesday, 18 August 2015

CLiK the ensemble are touring NZ during August 2015. To find out where they're performing, click here.

The three talented young kiwis are now studying and teaching music in three different continents - we are excited to bring them back together on home soil for this tour!

Takiri Ensemble
Friday, 14 August 2015

The Tākiri Ensemble are about to tour seven centres around New Zealand: Kaitaia, Wanaka, Motueka, Waikanae, Wanganui, Rotorua and Whakatane. 

Te Koki Trio
Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Review by Paul Serotsky, Northern Advocate

If I had my way, recitals like this would be compulsory listening for anyone who thinks chamber music is for wimps who cock their little pinkies when taking tea. Seriously.

Takiri Ensemble
Monday, 10 August 2015

The Tākiri Ensemble are about to tour seven centres around New Zealand: Kaitaia, Wanaka, Motueka, Waikanae, Wanganui, Rotorua and Whakatane. 

We thought we'd unveil a few additional bits of insider info on each member of the ensemble - Kirsten Simpson, piano, is one of the talented five musicians.

Mimosa Ensemble
Friday, 7 August 2015

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.

Trio Glivenko
Monday, 3 August 2015

The results for the 2015 Chamber Music Contest National Finals have been announced!

NZCT Chamber Music Contest 2015
Saturday, 1 August 2015

National Final: Sunday 2 August, 3pm.
Ticketing information can be found here.
If you are not based in Wellington, you can watch the live stream of the concert here.

Friday, 31 July 2015

Mudanza from Auckland will be performing Spring and Autumn from Pia

Amici Quartet
Friday, 31 July 2015

Amici Quartet from Auckland will be performing Beethoven's Stri

Saint-Saens Trio
Thursday, 30 July 2015

Saint-Saens Trio from Wellington will be performing Saint-Saens'

Brioso 4
Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Brioso 4 from Whangarei will be performing Bacewicz's's Quartetto per 4 Violini at the National Finals of the NZCT Chamber Music Contest in Wellington (1-2 Aug). 

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Alquemie from Auckland will be performing Poulenc's Trio for Piano, Oboe and Bassoon in the National Finals of the NZCT Chamber Music Contest in Wellington (1-2 Aug). 

Liestal Trio
Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Liestal Trio from Auckland will be performing Martinu's Sonata for Two Violins and Piano H213 in the National Finals of the NZCT Chamber Music Contest in Wellington (1-2 Aug). 

Trio Glivenko
Monday, 27 July 2015

Trio Glivenko from Wellington will be performing Shostakovich's Piano Trio No 1 in the National Finals of the NZCT Chamber Music Contest in Wellington (1-2 Aug). 

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Ritmico from Christchurch will be performing James M Stephenson's 'Trio Sonata' in the National Finals of the NZCT Chamber Music Contest in Wellington (1-2 Aug). 

Mimosa Ensemble
Saturday, 25 July 2015

Mimosa Ensemble 'Play it Up'

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.