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. 

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

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 Ann Nighy, Nelson Mail Mailbox

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

by Alan Purdy, Taranaki Daily News

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

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.

Monday, 12 May 2014

by Elizabeth Bouman, Otago Daily Times

New Zealand String Quartet with James Campbell
Thursday, 8 May 2014

by John Button, The Dominion Post

This was the second concert in the New Zealand String Quartet's 10-centre tour for Chamber Music New Zealand, and is featured some lovely playing.

James Campbell
Tuesday, 6 May 2014

by Tom Cardy, The Dominion Post

 In the early 70s clarinettist James Campbell was a 23-year-old music student who was starting to get a name for himself as a clarinet player.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

by Stephen Fisher, Manawatu Standard

Monday, 7 April 2014
We're looking for volunteers to help at the Auckland District Rounds of our nationwide NZCT Chamber Music Contest.The event takes place across four days (Thur 5 – Sun 8 June 2014). "Seeing how everything runs from the other side and making sure everything is set up just right for the performers to do their best is incredibly rewarding." - Todd Gibson-Cornish, 2013 Contest Volunteer. Please help us by volunteering before 14 May 2014 - give back to your music community and gain valuable skills involved in running a concert!
Saturday, 5 April 2014
Left: Michael Houstoun. Right: Douglas Lilburn, 1945 Watercolour, 444 x 336mm Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, on loan from the Rita Angus Estate
Thursday, 3 April 2014

Michael Houstoun (a man for whom little introduction is required in New Zealand's classical music circles) last year won Best Classical Album at the NZ Music Awards for his recording of composer Douglas Lilburn's works.

James Campbell. right photo credit: Tim Leyes
Thursday, 3 April 2014
James is touring the country in May with the New Zealand String Quartet. They'll perform absolute greats from the chamber music repertoire - sublime clarinet quintets by Brahms and Mozart. Campbell is no stranger to the repertoire; he’s given more than 300 performances of the Mozart Quintet with over 35 different string quartets. His recording of Brahms’s Clarinet Quintet with the Allegri Quartet was voted the “Top Choice” by BBC Radio 3 and The London Times. We played a game of 'complete the phrase' to get to know James a little better...
Tuesday, 25 March 2014

by Anne Bovett, Taranaki Daily News

Friday, 21 March 2014
Chamber Music New Zealand encourages emerging ensembles in Aotearoa to seek out international opportunities for learning and growth. The Royal College of Music in London and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester UK are seeking out chamber music groups to apply for Artist Diplomas and Junior Fellows in chamber music.
Thursday, 20 March 2014

by Andrew Buchanan-Smart, Waikato Times

The Kelemen Quartet continues a long tradition of New Zealand and Chamber Music New Zealand hosting some of the finest Hungarian quartets.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

by Hanno Fairburn, Rotorua Daily Post

The Rangitoto Trio gave compelling performances at the Concert Chamber.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

by Peter Williams, Hawkes Bay Today

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

by Karen Carter, the Tribune Palmerston North

Passion, fire and drama opened the 2014 Kaleidoscopes concert season as Chamber Music New Zealand pays homage to the string quartet.

The Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra with the NZ String Quartet and Jack Body.
Monday, 17 March 2014

by William Dart, The New Zealand Herald

The Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra's brief 2011 visit left one eager for more of the virtuoso Chinese ensemble.

Mihi whakatau for Toi Māori Aotearoa and Keriata Royal
Monday, 17 March 2014

Today marked a significant moment for Chamber Music New Zealand as we welcomed Keriata Royal under the new Māori Arts Internship Programme through Toi Māori Aotearoa, further developing the partnership b

GOING PLACES: The Kelemen Quartet, from left, Barnabas Kelemen, Gabor Homoki, Dora Kokas and Katalin Kokas. Dora was replaced by Akos Takacs when she broke her wrist after a surfer crashed into her at Manly beach.
Monday, 17 March 2014

by John Button, Dominion Post

Thursday, 13 March 2014

by Brenda Harwood, The Dunedin Star

Youthful energy abounded in the performance of Hungarian string quartet Kelemen Quartet, in a brilliant programme showcasing the music of their home country.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

by Andrew Buchanan-Smart , Waikato Times

Kelemen Quartet with guest cellist Akos Takacs
Thursday, 13 March 2014

by Margot Hannigan, Nelson Mail

Kelemen Quartet, L to R: Barnabás Kelemen, Dóra Kokas, Gábor Homoki, Katalin Kokas
Wednesday, 12 March 2014

by Nicci McDougall, Southland Times

A small but ‘‘spell-bound’’ Invercargill audience enjoyed a musical ensemble of four string players on Monday night.

Kelemen Quartet, L to R: Barnabás Kelemen, Katalin Kokas, Dóra Kokas, Gábor Homoki
Tuesday, 11 March 2014

by Marion Poole, Otago Daily Times

The vibrancy of Hungarian music and generous programme had a full house at the Glenroy shouting and stamping. 

Forbidden City Chamber orchestra and the New Zealand String Quartet
Monday, 10 March 2014

by John Button, The Dominion Post

The Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra
Thursday, 6 March 2014

This weekend the Tales from the Forbidden City tour begins in New Zealand featuring familiar instruments to the Chamber Music New Zealand stage (violin, viola, cello and piano) as well as a number of less familiar instruments which hail from China .

Friday, 28 February 2014

February 7 - 9 2014 saw music teachers from across the country gather in Taranaki for the annual Institute of Registered Music Teachers (IRMT) conference.

John Chen in the Saguaro Trio (Photo: Inga Sommer)
Thursday, 27 February 2014
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Kelemen Quartet, L to R: Barnabás Kelemen, Dóra Kokas, Katalin Kokas, Gábor Homoki
Thursday, 27 February 2014

Before heading to New Zealand for their début tour with us the Kelemen Quartet have been in Australia with Musica Viva. It was here that their cellist had an unfortunate injury resulting in her not being able to continue performing.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014
We have a highly-skilled and experienced group of professional chamber musicians lined up to adjudicate this year's Chamber Music Contest, see who will be on the panels...
L: Dóra Kokas (Kelemen Quartet cellist), R: Ákos Takács (guest cellist)
Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Just when you least expect it – disaster strikes.

Over the weekend we were saddened to hear that the cellist in the Kelemen Quartet, Dóra Kokas (pictured left), had injured herself in Australia.

Jack Body (Composer)
Thursday, 20 February 2014

Introducing New Zealand composer Jack Body, the co-producer and one of the key collaborators behind Chamber Music New Zealand's upcoming tour Tales from the Forbidden City

Dóra Kokas
Monday, 10 February 2014

Introducing cellist Dóra Kokas from the Kelemen Quartet who will be in New Zealand this March to open

Monday, 10 February 2014

Tales from the Forbidden City is the culmination of a year's work, of travel between two countries, of music that will astonish your ears, elight your eyes and stretch your mind.

Saturday, 8 February 2014
This week marks the 20th year of the Adam Summer School for Chamber Music. Run by the New Zealand String Quartet Trust it was founded by our advocate Michael Houstoun alongside members of the Quartet with an aim to provide the country’s best young string players and pianists with an opportunity to commit themselves to intense chamber music-making over one week together.
New Zealand String Quartet - Photography: Patrycja Szwarczyńska © ScorpionMedia
Tuesday, 7 January 2014

The Queen’s 2014 New Year Honours List features many distinguished New Zealanders, including Chamber Music New Zealand extended family members.

Tuesday, 31 December 2013
By Peter Williams, Hawkes Bay Today - "It is difficult to pick out a single highlight but top place on the list probably belongs to pianist Michael Houstoun for his outstanding achievement in the performance, after a gap of 20 years since first performed, of all 32 of the Beethoven Piano Sonatas. They were memorable last time but this time there was an added maturity and assurance in his playing that resulted in some truly stunning performances. A standout for me was his superlative playing of the Appassionata Sonata – Sonata No 23 Op. 57 in F Minor."
Seasons Greetings
Friday, 13 December 2013

It has been a mammoth year of concerts and events for Chamber Music New Zealand. We hope you have enjoyed all that's been on offer as much as we have enjoyed bringing it to you.