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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.
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.
The Borodin Quartet is one of the world's great chamber music groups. Formed in 1945 by students at the Moscow Conservatoire, its members have included the likes of Mstislav Rostropovich, Rostislav Dubinsky, Rudolf and Nina Barshai, Mikhail Kopelman and a handful of others.
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.
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.
What an international language classical music is. And the Aroha Quartet truly communicates this.
All four musicians play in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, but the first violinist Haihong Liu, and viola player Zhongxian Jin, were born in China. Second violinist Blythe Press and cellist Robert Ibell were born and trained in New Zealand. Yet their harmony and musical sensitivity are totally shared.
This was the 49th Annual Chamber Music Contest. Twelve ensembles made it through to the National Finals held in Christchurch on 1 / 2 August 2014. To see and hear the winning performance click on http://youtu.be/29k6Y4Yzr84
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.
We are delighted to announce the 14 ensembles and soloists who will be touring as part of our 2015 regional roster.
These groups will be on tour through our chamber music regional presenters around 25 regional centres from Kaitaia to Gore. Each regional centre has their own vibrant concert series that features Chamber Music New Zealand artists and ensembles.
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.
This is the fourth time the Eggner Trio, three brothers from Vienna, have toured New Zealand. Their return has been excitedly awaited. The last time they were here they donated the proceeds of a concert to the Christchurch earthquake relief and gave a free master class in Nelson. It is this international generosity of spirit that pervades their music.
Friday night’s concert featured the internationally acclaimed Eggner Trio in a concert of Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann and New Zealand’s Anthony Richie.
The trio itself features three brothers, Georg (violin), Florian (cello) and Christoph (piano). For this concert they were joined by their friend, Amihai Grosz, on the viola, in a concert of piano quartets and trios.
Tauranga Musica closed its 2014 Concert Season to an appreciative audience when the Donizetti Trio performed at Graham Young Auditorium on Sunday afternoon.
Three faculty members from the University of Auckland's School of Music kept a large audiences rapt attention as they showed that superb individual skill and superior coordination can shed light on the fine details of quite varied music.
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.
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.
I can think of few chamber ensembles whose music-making gives me as much pleasure as the Eggner Trio.
This piano trio of three Austrian brothers has been a regular visitor in recent years and in this concert, in which they were joined by violist Amihai Grosz, they had another offering full of musical delights. And it was a most unhackneyed programme concentrating, as it did, on the rarely heard world of the piano quartet.
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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.
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.
‘Recovering Forbidden Voices Conference’ comprises 20 sessions focused on music suppressed during World War Two and will include 12 concerts, three keynote addresses, four academic panels, and a film screening.
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).
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.
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.
We heard the Doric String Quartet back in 2010, and now, with a new viola player, they initially seemed to play much the same. Back then, as now, they opened with a Haydn quartet - and, as then, they offered playing that was neat and technically accomplished but rather lacking in the wit and theatre that abounds in Haydn.
Four years since a previous visit, this return concert by the Doric String Quartet—violinists Alex Redington and Jonathan Stone, violist Helene Clement and cellist John Myerscough—was keenly anticipated, given the quality of the playing heard previously.
Britain's Doric String Quartet, in town for Chamber Music New Zealand, first visited us in 2010 when they gave us superlative Haydn and Britten, as well as joining pianist Piers Lane for Schumann's Piano Quintet.
A near full house gave the Doric String Quartet rousing applause with stamping and shouting for an exceptionally nuanced performance of Haydn's exuberant Opus 76, No 6 and Franz Schubert's long and equally emotionally sweet Quartet in G.