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. 

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. They were both fully booked - and what a fun experience for all involved!

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). 

How did you come up with your group name?
It’s an amalgamation of our two schools’ names PAPanui and RICCAton. Hence Papricca. And we’re spicy.

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). 

How did you come up with your group name?

After an extensive period of indecision and frustration at an inability to find a suitable name, Josh despairingly looked on his desk to find a Rubik’s Cube, and thus the name was given.

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)


This concert aimed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Chamber Music New Zealand's Secondary Schools Chamber Music Contest, and featured past participants and adjudicators. Frederick Turnovsky, a refugee from war-torn eastern Europe, set up what became Chamber Music NZ soon after his arrival in his adopted country. The chamber music contest is part of his musical heritage. 

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). 

From the 36 Regional Final groups, the judges have selected the top 12 ensembles. They will perform at the National Finals in Wellington (1-2 August). For more information on the National Finals, session times and ticket prices, visit the events page.

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.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

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

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

Friday, 8 May 2015

by Stephen Fisher, Manawatu Standard

Chamber Music New Zealand has indeed come up with some imaginative programming for their celebratory year, no concert being more imaginative than last night's concert, which featured works by three New Zealand composers, Alex Taylor, Claire Cowan and Karlo Margetic.

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.

The tour showcases the evolving process of composition through to performance and features three NZ ensembles each performing a programme specially curated by NZ composers.

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.

With more than 35 years of international performance behind them, the quartet has a reputation for both skill and innovation, and Monday's concert showed that this is well deserved.

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.

The balance between the broadly written guttural attack and fine ethereal rising melody of Schubert's "Quartetsatz", String Quartet no 12 in C minor, was brilliantly achieved.

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.

A very attentive audience, including a goodly number of young students, was thrilled with this first concert of Chamber Music New Zealand’s 2015 Kaleidoscopes season.

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?

Both are really too large for a string quartet, but the acoustic of the older building compensates in thrilling fashion.

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.
Brodsky Quartet
Thursday, 19 March 2015

by Andrew Buchanan-Smart, Waikato Times 

The Brodsky Quartet demonstrated why they are among the finest quartets with a programme performed with passion, energy, nocturnal delicacy, beauty and conviction.

Brodsky Quartet
Friday, 13 March 2015
As always the Brodsky Quartet brought something new and alive to the music, bringing out elements and connections which show their commitment to understanding what the composer had going on in their head...
Paul Cassidy, Brodsky Quartet (viola)
Thursday, 19 February 2015

We start the 2015 Kaleidoscopes Concert Season with an ensemble whose approach and ethos to chamber music in education and learning aligns so well with all that CMNZ aims to promote through the Chamber Music Contest. And so in this the Contest's 50th Jubilee year the UK's Brodsky Quartet will tour all ten of our main centres.

Pianist Nicola Melville
Tuesday, 17 February 2015

US based pianist Nicola Melville has the honour of being the first Chamber Music New Zealand performer in 2015 through our Regional Encompass Concerts. Naturally we wanted to find out some important things about her (and the concerts!) before she takes to the road.

2015 Adam Chamber Music Festival, clockwise from top left: Ying Quartet, NZSQ, Helen Webby, David Griffiths
Sunday, 15 February 2015
This year chamber musicians and chamber music lovers alike flocked to Nelson once again for ten days across January and February to be part of the Adam Chamber Music Festival. The Chamber Music NZ blog played host...
Peter Walls, new CEO of Chamber Music New Zealand
Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Chamber Music New Zealand is very pleased to announce that its new Chief Executive is to be Peter Walls, former CE of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and currently Pro Chancellor of Victoria University of Wellington.

Clockwise from top left: Euan with his children Ben and Rosie, Euan receiving a fun gift from the CMNZ staff, CMNZ staff member Victoria Dadd thanking Euan's wife Shelley for her support.
Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Each year CMNZ celebrates the wonderful successes achieved over the year, both within the organisation and with all of our valued friends, supporters and arts and business partners.

Hugh Roberts (flute) and Lavinnia Rae (cello) - Contest Alumni at the Gisborn International Music Competition
Wednesday, 10 December 2014

The 26th Gisborne International Music Competition was held at the beginning of this month and we are delighted that a number of our Chamber Music Contest Alumni were involved.

Alumnus Hugh Roberts (flute) was awarded second place alongside two cellists who made it into the final - winner  Rustem Khamidullin and third prize winner Sam Lucas

Seasons Greetings from Chamber Music New Zealand
Friday, 5 December 2014

We've loved going on a journey back to the heart of chamber music this year. A big thank you to all who joined and supported us along the way.

We look forward to celebrating the 50th Jubilee of the Chamber Music Contest with you in 2015!

#GivingTuesday 2014
Tuesday, 2 December 2014

We're delighted to be taking part and celebrating in #GivingTuesday 2014 - and we're inviting you to join us!

As a national non-profit charitable organisation we rely on the support of incredibly generous people around the country.