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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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 .
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. Nonetheless the tour went on and the reviews of the concerts and how the musicians handled the situation have been tremendous.
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.
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."
Puertas Quartet, who toured in our Encompass 2012 series, are returning for a summer of concerts in Auckland, Martinborough, Christchurch and Arrowtown. The series will feature Wolf's Italian Serenade, Mendelssohn A minor & Beethoven's Rasumovsky No.1.
Sibling musicians Stella (violin) and Sally Kim (cello) and their friend Tina Kim (piano) of Auckland’s Trinity Trio, were announced the winners of the 8th Annual Pettman/ROSL Arts International Scholarship for a New Zealand Chamber Ensemble which took place over the weekend in Hamilton.
With this, the seventh concert in his epic journey through the 32 sonatas Beethoven composed between 1793 and 1822, Michael Houstoun reached the end. Not just the end of the series in Wellington but the whole series - 40 concerts from Auckland to Invercargill.
After a gap of four months Wellington heard the next instalment in Michael Houstoun's 2013 traversal of all 32 Beethoven Sonatas, and this was the first in a short burst of three concerts that will bring this epic journey to a close.
This November the UK'sCavaleri Quartet will feature on stage, adjudicate and coach at the highly regarded Pettman/ROSL Arts Scholarship Auditions, as well as touring the country and raising money for charity.