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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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...
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.