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. 

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.

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 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.

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
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

Nikki Chooi, winner of the 2013 Michael Hill Violin Competition, supported by world-renowned pianist Stephen de Pledge, performed an excellent programme with exceptional commitment to technical and interpretative prowess before a large audience at the Glenroy Auditorium on Saturday evening.

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

Over 13 years, the Michael Hill International Violin Competition has proved a formidable energy force for New Zealand music. Not only has it helped to put us on the global map, but it has brought a host of superlative musicians to our concert halls.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014
During June 507 secondary school ensembles of between three and eight musicians including 19 octets and involving close to 2000 students, took part in the District Rounds of the 49th NZCT Chamber Music Contest. We are pleased to announce the groups that have been selected to progress to the Semi-Finals of the National Finals.
Monday, 16 June 2014

by Margot Hannigan, Nelson Mail

L to R: Ingrid Culliford and Alistair Fraser
Sunday, 15 June 2014

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Wednesday, 11 June 2014

by Allan Purdy, Taranaki Daily News

Brilliant young Canadian violinist, Nikki Chooi, charmed and wowed his audience at the Chamber Music New Zealand concert on Monday evening.

As the winner of the 2013 Michael Hill International Violin Competition he has a 14-centre tour of New Zealand with pianist Stephen De Pledge as part of his prize.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

by Andrew Buchanan-Smart, Waikato Times

Nikki Chooi, 2013 Michael Hill International Violin Competition winner
Monday, 9 June 2014

by Kate Holland, Rotorua Daily Post

At the first recital of a 14-concert tour, Nikki Chooi showed that he was indeed a worthy winner of last year's Michael Hill International Violin Competition.

Friday, 30 May 2014

Good music and great wine

This June Chamber Music New Zealand is delighted to announce a new partnership with Kono Beverages, the award-winning Māori owned New Zealand wine company behind Tohu and Aronui wines.

Buz Bryant-Greene
Monday, 26 May 2014

The Malrborough Express

Pianist Buz Bryant-Greene Marlborough Music Society concert St Andrew's Church, Blenheim Friday, May 23 Reviewed by Alastair Elliott

Nikki Chooi, 2013 Michael Hill International Violin Competition winner
Monday, 26 May 2014

We know that Canadian Nikki Chooi is a winning violinist.He took the top prize at last year's

Stephen De Pledge
Thursday, 22 May 2014
Pianist Stephen De Pledge, who will feature in The Winner's Tour this June, played a game of 'complete the sentence' to reveal what he is looking forward to while on the road...
Tuesday, 20 May 2014

by Alan Purdy, Taranaki Daily News

Immaculate rapport between Canadian clarinettist James Campbell and the New Zealand String Quartet, playing sublime quintets by Weber and Mozart, made this second concert in Chamber Music New Zealand’s ‘‘Kaleidoscopes’’ series a joyous occasion. 

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

by Ann Nighy, Nelson Mail Mailbox

Monday, 19 May 2014

by Peter Williams, Hawkes Bay Today

Community musician Julian Raphael (Photo by Alphapix)
Saturday, 17 May 2014

by Tania Maccauley, Hawkes Bay Today

The Hawke's Bay Opera House plaza was filled with the sound of happy children, taking part in a unique musical performance with the New Zealand String Quartet.

Saturday, 17 May 2014

by Andrew Buchanan-Smart , Waikato Times 

Thursday, 15 May 2014

by Brenda Harwood, Dunedin Star

The vast experience of the New Zealand String Quartet and Canadian clarinettist James Campbell shone through in an impressive, yet relaxed, concert on Sunday for Chamber Music NZ.