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. 

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.

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.

#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.

Quattro - 2014 Pettman/ROSL Arts Scholarship winners
Monday, 24 November 2014

The 9th annual Pettman/ROSL ARTS Scholarship was awarded on November 16th 2014 at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts to the cello quartet Quattro (Catherine Kwak, Jacky Siu, Sam Lucas, Alexander Arai-Swale)  from the University of Waikato, Hamilton.

Euan Murdoch. Photo Credit: Simon Darby, Wanaka Photography
Friday, 31 October 2014

Victoria University has announced the appointment of Euan Murdoch (current CMNZ Chief Executive) as the new Director of Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music (NZSM).

AKATO TRIO with Igor Naidin
Friday, 31 October 2014

This year’s Auckland Chamber Music Society Prize winners were decided on Sunday 19 October, 2pm at the Music Theatre, Auckland University School of Music.

Tour with Chamber Music New Zealand (Pictured, Sarah Watkins, Andrew Beer and Mimosa Ensemble 2015 Encompass Roster artists)
Tuesday, 28 October 2014
Chamber Music New Zealand is looking for artists/ensembles to tour in 2016. Do you perform to a high professional standard and have exciting concert repertoire to share with audiences? We'd like to hear from you before 15 December 2014.
Thursday, 23 October 2014

by William Dart, The New Zealand 

It was a privilege to be at the final concert of Chamber Music New Zealand's season for the year, and enjoy the Borodin Quartet, one of the world's best; a nice closure, too, for a CMNZ year that has focused on the string quartet.

Monday, 20 October 2014

by John Button, The Dominion Post

The Borodin Quartet are a fabled group and an old friend, having toured New Zealand six times since 1965. Formed nearly seventy years ago, they have gone through a number of changes of personnel, yet the playing has the same distinctive qualities.

Aroha String Quartet
Wednesday, 15 October 2014

by Margot Hannigan, Nelson Mail

What an international language classical music is. And the Aroha Quartet truly communicates this.

The 2014 winners L'arc en ciel - April Ju (violin), Delvan Lin (piano), Francis Yoon (cello). Photo Credit: Wanaka Photography
Wednesday, 15 October 2014

By Marnie Barrell, Ritmico

Salina Fisher, composer and Contest winner 2007, 2008 and 2010
Friday, 10 October 2014

We are delighted to announce the 14 ensembles and soloists who will be touring as part of our 2015 regional roster. 

Haihong Liu
Friday, 10 October 2014

Meet Haihong Liu, first violinist in NZ's Aroha String Quartet who tour on our main stage for the first time this October in Hamilton, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Nelson and Invercargill. 

Friday, 10 October 2014
In 2015 we celebrate the Jubilee of the national Chamber Music Contest.
Robert Ibell
Friday, 10 October 2014

Meet Robert Ibell, cellist in NZ's Aroha String Quartet who tour on our main stage for the first time this October in Hamilton, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Nelson and Invercargill. 

Left: Bear Trio in 1965 (Miles Golding, Christopher Becket, Mark Jackson) | Right: L'arc en Ciel in 2014 (Francis Yoon, Delvan Lin, April Ju)
Friday, 10 October 2014
In 2015 we celebrate the Jubilee of the national Chamber Music Contest. This iconic event has changed, grown, adapted and been a part of many New Zealanders’ lives over the years. Founded in 1965 by Viennese émigré Arthur Hilton and New Zealander Joan Kerr, the Chamber Music Contest has a long list of talented alumni, including acclaimed pianist Michael Houstoun, NZTrio, violinist Wilma Smith and rising international star, pianist John Chen.
The Borodin String Quartet, named after Alexander Borodin, performs at the Moscow Conservatory in 1966
Monday, 6 October 2014
For the final tour of the 2014 Kaleidoscopes Concert Season, Chamber Music New Zealand’s ‘Year of the String Quartet’, the spotlight comes on Russia’s contribution. In the first half of the 19th century little of significance was written for the ensemble, although the early nationalist composer Glinka (1804-1857) produced two by 1830, and the founder of the St Petersburg Conservatory Anton Rubinstein (1829-1894) wrote six of his ten quartets in the 1850s.
Thursday, 25 September 2014

by Marian Poole, Otago Daily Times

A packed Glenroy Auditorium reverberated with the stamping and cheering acclaim given to the Eggner Trio with Amihai Grosz on Tuesday night.

Energetic precision and consummate professionalism make their performance reliably exceptional yet it remarkably retains performance freshness.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

by Margot Hannigan, Nelson Mail

Monday, 22 September 2014

The New Zealand Herald

In a week that sees the city hosting three piano trio concerts, the Eggners, in the Town Hall last Tuesday night, came across as the classical equivalent of stadium stars.

Monday, 22 September 2014

by Stephen Fisher, Manawatu Standard

Friday night’s concert featured the internationally acclaimed Eggner Trio in a concert of Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann and New Zealand’s Anthony Richie.

Monday, 22 September 2014

By Prof. Barry Vercoe

Tauranga Musica closed its 2014 Concert Season to an appreciative audience when the Donizetti Trio performed at Graham Young Auditorium on Sunday afternoon.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

by Peter Williams

The Eggner Trio, three brothers from Austria, Georg, Florian and Christoph, have absolutely delighted N Z audiences on previous visits. This time they were joined by former Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Principal violist, so expanding the repertoire available to piano quartets.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

by Paul Serotsky, Northern Advocate Whangarei

The Whangarei Music Society (with a little help from ChamberMusic NZ) certainly keeps the class acts coming.

On this occasion, the prospect of the Faust Quartet filled the Old Library with local music-lovers. And well it might, for, in the 18 years since its foundation, this quartet has acquired an enviable reputation.

Friday, 19 September 2014

by Sam Edwards, Waikato Times

Lilting melodies, crashing dramatics, exquisite harmony, polished and technically remarkable performance.

It was all there as the Eggner brothers and the remarkable Amihai Grosz provided a masterclass in performance on an evening which had depth, range and enormous pleasure.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

by John Button, The Dominion Post

I can think of few chamber ensembles whose music-making gives me as much pleasure as the Eggner Trio.

Monday, 15 September 2014
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Georg Eggner (violin)
Monday, 8 September 2014

He is 1/3 of the sibling ensemble Eggner Trio.

Florian Eggner (cello)
Monday, 8 September 2014

He is 1/3 of the sibling ensemble - Eggner Trio.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Brass is the star when the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra joins forces with one of the world’s greatest trumpet soloists Håkan Hardenberger for Bold Worlds. Famous for his charisma, swagger and skill, Hardenberger can make the trumpet sing like a human voice.

Christoph Eggner (piano)
Wednesday, 3 September 2014
He is 1/3 of the sibling ensemble - Eggner Trio. We asked Christoph to play our game of 'complete the sentence' to find out more about him and the upcoming tour...
Michael Houstoun
Friday, 8 August 2014

This August hundreds of New Zealand artists are performing in Scotland at Edinburgh’s various festivals. Among them are some of our very best classical musicians.

Friday, 8 August 2014

Te Koki New Zealand School of Music is co-hosting a conference with the History and German Programmes of Victoria University Wellington from 22-25 August 2014.

Lenny Sakofsky (percussionist)
Thursday, 7 August 2014
We asked percussionist Lenny to play our game of 'complete the sentence' to find out more about him and his upcoming tour...
Thomas Guldborg (percussionist)
Thursday, 7 August 2014
Meet Thomas Guldborg, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra percussionist featuring in our upcoming Rhythm & Resonance tour.
Thursday, 7 August 2014
Across August and September we're touring a van full of percussion instruments around the country for a programme of Rhythm & Resonance. At the helm will be two of New Zealand's percussion experts - Lenny Sakofsky (NZSO Principal Percussionist and Stroma musician) and Thomas Guldborg (NZSO Associate Principal Percussion / Assistant Timpani, and Stroma musician).
Tuesday, 5 August 2014

by Allan Purdy, Taranaki Daily News

A warm reception was given to the Doric String Quartet at their Chamber Music New Zealand concert on Sunday. As one of Britain’s finest young ensembles their first visit here was in 2010 and they are now appearing regularly at European and American festivals and issuing notable recordings on CD.

Shona Thomson receives the Marie Vandewart Memorial Award, presented by Christchurch MP Nicky Wagner
Monday, 4 August 2014

Each year Chamber Music New Zealand bestows on someone the Marie Vandewart Memorial Award in recognition of their outstanding service and commitment to fostering the love of chamber music.

L'arc en ciel left to right: April Ju, Delvan Lin and Francis Yoon
Thursday, 31 July 2014
The winners of the 49th Annual NZCT Chamber Music Contest are L'arc en ciel from Auckland and Christchurch with their performance of Piano Trio in A minor (Mvts 1 & 2) by Ravel...
Wednesday, 30 July 2014

by Stephen Fisher, Manawatu Standard

Formed in 1998, The Doric String Quartet has quickly become an essential part of the international chamber music scene. This young quartet performs at many of the major international festivals and this tour marks a welcome return to Palmerston North.