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. 

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

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.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

by Andrew Buchanan-Smart, Waikato Times

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

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

by Ann Nighy, Nelson Mail Mailbox

Monday, 19 May 2014

by Peter Williams, Hawkes Bay Today

Saturday, 17 May 2014

by Andrew Buchanan-Smart , Waikato Times 

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

by Tania Maccauley, Hawkes Bay Today

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.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

by Stephen Fisher, Manawatu Standard

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.

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
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...
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.

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 Hanno Fairburn, Rotorua Daily Post

The Rangitoto Trio gave compelling performances at the Concert Chamber.

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.

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.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

by Peter Williams, Hawkes Bay Today

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

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

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

by Margot Hannigan, Nelson Mail

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, 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.

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.

John Chen in the Saguaro Trio (Photo: Inga Sommer)
Thursday, 27 February 2014
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