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. 

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.
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 Oct

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

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.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

by Margot Hannigan, Nelson Mail

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

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.

Friday, 19 September 2014

by Sam Edwards, Waikato Times

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

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
Ever wanted to be a vital part of a passionately ambitious national arts organisation based in central Wellington? We are looking for a talented Design and Print Administrator to provide a range design, production and print services for CMNZ publications, materials and documents. This is a part-time role (0.7 FTE per week, Monday-Friday) and is part of the Audience Development Team. Applications deadline: Monday 22 September, 5pm
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.

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

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

The Doric String Quartet
Tuesday, 29 July 2014

by John Button, The Dominion Post

Saturday, 26 July 2014

by Peter Williams, Hawkes Bay Today

Friday, 25 July 2014

Chamber Music New Zealand is pleased to offer audio description and a touch tour for two of our upcoming concerts in the RHYTHM AND RESONANCE tour - music for two pianos and percussion.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

by Andrew Buchanan-Smith, Waikato Times

From the opening sounds it was evident we were witnessing a conversation being beautifully articulated in all its complex narrative.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

by Prof. Barry Vercoe, Bay of Plenty Times

When Mozart decided to update Handel’s Messiah by rescoring the instrument parts, he chose the newly invented clarinet as part of his orchestra.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

by William Dart, The New Zealand Herald

Aucklanders should have been queueing to hear such fresh and zesty Haydn, Korngold and Schumann.

Friday, 18 July 2014

by Marion Poole, Otago Daily Times

Friday, 18 July 2014
We're looking for someone who enjoys making a difference to fill this part-time position in our Wellington office. Applications close on Monday 4 August 2014.
Monday, 14 July 2014

by Margot Hannigan, Nelson Mail

This beautiful alliance of three differently talented musicians happened in Dunedin-Tessa Petersen on violin, John Van Buskirk on piano, and soprano Rebecca Ryan. Ryan pregnant with child, but also pregnant with glorious musical feeling.

John Myerscough
Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Meet John Myerscough, the cellist from Britain's Doric String Quartet who are touring with us around New Zealand this July. We asked John to play our game of 'complete the sentence' to find out more about him and the upcoming tour...

Thursday, 3 July 2014

by Brenda Harwood, The Star (Dunedin)

Youthful exuberance and energy combined with stunning technical skill as Canadian violinist Nikki Chooi took Saturday's audience on a merry dance around the world.

Amadeus Quartet
Tuesday, 1 July 2014
Ahead of our July 2014 tour with Britain's shining Doric String Quartet, we share the rich history of British string quartets and their contribution to Chamber Music New Zealand.
Monday, 30 June 2014

by Marion Poole, Otago Daily Times

Wanganui's Trio Exotique: Fumiko Koshikawa (violin), Jamie Gillespie (saxophone) and Max Munneke (piano)
Thursday, 19 June 2014

By Anne-Marie McDonald, Wanganui Chronicle

Some of the best young classical musicians in the North Island will be performing in Wanganui this weekend.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

by William Dart, The New Zealand Herald