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. 

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

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). 

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). 

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). 

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. 

Virtuoso Strings
Friday, 24 July 2015

The school holidays were full of music for a group of school students in Wellington. We collaborated with Capital E during their July School Holiday Programme for two unique events.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Papricca from Christchurch will be performing Goodwin's 'Diffusion for Sax Quartet' in the National Finals of the NZCT Chamber Music Contest in Wellington (1-2 Aug). 

Mimosa Ensemble
Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Gordon Skinner, Bay News, Tauranga

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Cube from Auckland will be performing Arnold's 'Suite Bourgeoise' in the National Finals of the NZCT Chamber Music Contest in Wellington (1-2 Aug). 

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Vazin Trio
Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Vazin Trio from Auckland will be performing Smetana's 'Piano Trio in G Minor' in the National Finals of the NZCT Chamber Music Contest in Wellington (1-2 Aug). 

How did you come up with your group name?

Jeunesse Élégante
Thursday, 9 July 2015

Jeunesse Élégante from Christchurch will be performing Debussy's 'Piano Trio in G, Andante espressivo and Finale' in the National Finals of the NZCT Chamber Music Contest in Wellington (1-2 Aug).

Rowena Simpson (soprano) and Kamala Bain (recorder)
Friday, 3 July 2015

Rowena Simpson, one of the musicians from 'Tōku Ao | Our World' talks about creating a performance for Matariki... 

Turnovsky Jubilee Ensemble 2015
Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Review by David Sell (The Press, Christchurch)


National Finals 2014
Tuesday, 23 June 2015

The Regional Finals were held 20-21 June in Auckland (Northern Regional Final), Napier (Central Regional Final) and Christchurch (Southern Regional Final). 

NZCT Chamber Music Contest 2015
Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Each year, the NZCT Chamber Music Contest celebrates New Zealand music, and aspiring young composers. 

Here are the 2015 prize-winners for original compositions, and for the best performance of a NZ work:

Turnovsky Jubilee Ensemble 2015
Friday, 19 June 2015

by John Button, The Dominion Post

Turnovsky Jubilee Ensemble 2015
Thursday, 18 June 2015

by William Dart, NZ Herald

Turnovsky Jubilee Ensemble 2015
Wednesday, 17 June 2015

by Peter Serotsky, Northern Advocate

NZCT Chamber Music Contest
Monday, 15 June 2015

The 2015 NZCT Chamber Music Contest includes an exciting new round:
the Regional Finals.

Auckland, Napier and Christchurch will host these events, 20-21 June 2015.

The NZSQ and pianist Stephen De Pledge
Monday, 15 June 2015

by Brenda Harwood, The Star (Dunedin)
Old and new rubbed shoulders in an intriguing programme, selected by New Zealand composer Ross Harris for the New Zealand String Quartet as part of Chamber Music NZ's Composer Connections series. 

Trio Amistad on tour 2015
Friday, 12 June 2015

by Paul Serotsky, The Northern Advocate

NZ Music Month Residency in Hamilton
Wednesday, 10 June 2015

What makes kiwi composers tick?

Jack in his 70th year, 28 April 2014. (Photo: Kevin Stent/Fairfax Media)
Wednesday, 20 May 2015

A free public concert to honour the life and music of Wellington composer Jack Body, who passed away on 10 May, will take place at St Andrews on the Terrace this Sunday, 24 May at 2pm.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

by Alan Purdy, Taranaki Daily News

The music of leading New Zealand composer John Psathas featured strongly in the Composer Connections concert presented by Chamber Music New Zealand at the Theatre Royal on Monday evening.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Here we go. This June is the 2015 Kaleidoscopes Concert Season tour not to miss!

Monday, 11 May 2015

They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

Composer Jack Body, 1944-2015
Sunday, 10 May 2015

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the death of composer Jack Body.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

by Margot Hannigan, Nelson Mail

To celebrate NZ Music Month, we were offered a very different concert – a collaboration between the NZTrio and three young contemporary New Zealand composers.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015
Celebrated NZ composer Ross Harris takes centre stage in our 2015 NZ Music Month activities - Composer Connections.
Composers Alex Taylor and Karlo Margetic
Saturday, 2 May 2015

by Elizabeth Kerr, The Listener

Three generations of Kiwi composers concoct a tour series.

John Psathas (Photo by Gareth Watkins)
Thursday, 30 April 2015

Renowned NZ composer John Psathas plays a pivotal role in our 2015 NZ Music Month activities - Composer Connections.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015
Meet other music enthusiasts, have fun and help out behind the scenes at the Chamber Music Contest! We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help at the Auckland District Rounds of our nationwide NZCT Chamber Music Contest. Over 100 ensembles will perform in the event which takes place across five days (Wednesday 3 – Sunday 7 June 2015 at Raye Freedman Performing Arts Centre, Epsom Girls' Grammar). Volunteer today!
Thursday, 23 April 2015

by Hanno Fairburn, Daily Post Rotorua

The quartet are in now in their 28th year and, with some changes in members, have become a New Zealand music institution for impeccable playing and adventurous programming.

Here they had chosen three works of great contrasts in moods and styles, and were completely poised as they deftly moved from one to the next.

Jack! Celebrating Jack Body composer
Wednesday, 15 April 2015

In May, publisher Steele Roberts is launching Jack! Celebrating Jack Body composer, a book of tributes from almost 120 of Jack's colleagues, friends, students and family.

Friday, 10 April 2015

Chamber Music New Zealand is pleased to offer audio description and a touch tour for two of our 2015 concerts in the

Thursday, 2 April 2015

by Brenda Harwood, The Star (Dunedin)

The extraordinary skill, flair, and assurance of Britain's acclaimed Brodsky Quartet held a large audience in thrall during Monday night's opening performance of Chamber Music New Zealand's 2015 season.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

by Marian Poole, Otago Daily Times

cheered its appreciation of a well honed, excellently balanced programme from the Brodsky Quartet at the Glenroy Auditorium for the opening concert of the chamber music season.

Brodsky Quartet perform in Invercargill
Wednesday, 1 April 2015

by Brittany Picket, Southland Times

As an audible gasp proved last night, the best way to explain a performance by The Brodsky Quartet is simply 'wow'.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

by Alan Purdy, North Taranaki Midweek

Their suitably casual attire for this early evening concert was belied by the Brodsky Quartet’s intensive attention to the detail and drama of their playing.

Monday, 30 March 2015

by John Button, Dominion Post

This was Chamber Music New Zealand’s first concert of the year in Wellington, and it immediately drew attention to the problem of the past couple of years: Can the Michael Fowler Centre be seen as a proper replacement for the Wellington Town Hall in music for small string groups?

Thursday, 26 March 2015

by Stephen Fisher, Manawatu Standard

Chamber Music New Zealand is celebrating its 50th jubilee (of the Chamber Music Contest) by opening its season with one of the world’s most acclaimed quartets, Britain’s Brodsky Quartet.

The Brodsky Quartet rehearsing in Wellington
Thursday, 26 March 2015

Otago Daily Times

British chamber music group the Brodsky Quartet will visit Dunedin on Monday on a nationwide tour to mark the 50th jubilee of the secondary schools chamber music contest.

Viola player Paul Cassidy answers a few questions about how the quartet started and life on the road.

TAKING A STAND: The Brodsky Quartet, from left, Daniel Rowland (violin), Ian Belton (violin), Paul Cassidy (viola) and Jacqueline Thomas (cello).
Tuesday, 24 March 2015

by Tom Cardy, Dominion Post

The Brodsky Quartet are one of the best in the world. Lead violinist Daniel Rowland talks to Tom Cardy about playing with Elvis Costello and shaking up the classical world by standing up while they play.

Brodsky Quartet
Friday, 20 March 2015
Looking to foray into modern classical? Your search is over. Or perhaps your search has just begun. Welcome to Bela Bartók. And moreover, welcome to The Brodsky Quartet playing Bartók. The string to your bow is that it’s also the outstanding String Quartet No. 5. So settle back into the acoustically appropriate but rather makeshift surrounds of the Concert Chamber at Auckland’s Town Hall, and enjoy.