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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.
Their programme displayed their individual musicality and their shared pleasure in discovering soulful music in different genres.
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...
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.
Making a triumphal tour with Chamber Music New Zealand as the winner of the 2013 Michael Hill International Violin Competition, Chooi was accompanied and well-matched by versatile New Zealand pianist Stephen De Pledge.
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.
This concert was one from the Winner's Tour - part of the prize package for the winner of the 2013 Michael Hill International Violin Competition. That was a lovely recital by an immensely talented violinist supported by two superb New Zealand musicians.
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.
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.
On Monday, Nikki Chooi revealed why he carried off last year’s big prize. The Canadian violinist and pianist Stephen De Pledge introduced themselves with a Mozart sparkler.
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.
James Campbell is no stranger to Nelson, having performed chamber music with the New Zealand String Quartet for 11 years. Making this concert so memorial was the performers' musical rapport, mutual understanding and sheer enjoyment of one another's company.
Monday's evening of quintets featuring Canadian clarinettist James Campbell with the New Zealand String Quartet could not have featured finer music than Mozart and Brahms. Both composers' Quintets emerged from special friendships with a clarinettist, Mozart with Anton Stadler, Brahms with Richard Muhlfeld.
Clarinettist James Campbell, from Canada, joined the New Zealand String Quartet for this concert, which featured two of the most popular works in the chamber music repertoire, Mozart’s Quintet in A for clarinet and strings and Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet in B minor.
The gorgeous opening of the Weber quintet told the audience that we were in for a treat of mellifluous tonalities and contrasting sonorities. Here was a wonderful programme of music by clarinet-loving composers.
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!
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...
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.
But what inspired these recordings? Michael writes in the album booklet:
Chamber Music New Zealand’s concert series this year is billed ‘‘Back to Basics’’, with an emphasis on string quartets, and the standard was firmly planted with Friday night’s performance by the Kelemen Quartet.
This youthful group brought Hungarian flair and dramatic energy to all the pieces they presented in a gripping programme.
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.
The Rangitoto Trio gave compelling performances at the Concert Chamber.
This young New Zealand group of violin, cello and piano used their fine chamber music skills, unaffected eloquence and instrumental colour to capture the individual styles needed for the three demanding works on the programme.
The Kelemen Quartet continues a long tradition of New Zealand and Chamber Music New Zealand hosting some of the finest Hungarian quartets.
The programme contained a symmetry of works, with two works from each of the 18th and 20th centuries. This balanced expose could have clearly shown the journey which the form and medium has travelled with clarity.
This young quartet, violinist Barnabas Kelemen, violinists/violists Katalin Kokas and Gabor Homoki and guest cellist Akos Takacs, came with plenty of plaudits related to its music talent and expertise. The reason for such praise was quickly obvious in the concert, especially following an accident to regular cellist Dora Kokas while touring in Australia. Takacs was a replacement player.
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 between our two organisations.