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. 

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

Stuff Nation Review

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.
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. 

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.

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

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Monday, 15 September 2014
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Florian Eggner (cello)
Monday, 8 September 2014

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

Georg Eggner (violin)
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...
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.

‘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.

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.

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.

The Doric String Quartet
Tuesday, 29 July 2014

by John Button, The Dominion Post

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.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

by Peter Williams, Hawkes Bay Today

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.

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.

As onlookers, they invited the audience into their world, a world of colours, dynamism and contrasts that was totally absorbing, full of surprises and unified heartfelt utterances.

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.

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.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

by William Dart, The New Zealand Herald

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.

Friday, 18 July 2014

by Marion Poole, Otago Daily Times

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.

Friday, 18 July 2014
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