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. 

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.

The Puertas Quartet Winery Plus Tour
Friday, 6 December 2013

Puertas Quartet, who toured in our Encompass 2012 series, are returning for a summer of concerts in Auckland, Martinborough, Christchurch and Arrowtown.

Salina Fisher, 2013 NZSO TODD Corporation Young Composer Award Winner
Tuesday, 3 December 2013

20-year-old Salina Fisher, a member in the 2007, 2008 and 2010 Chamber Music Contest winning ensembles, last week was named the winner of the NZSO TODD Corporation Young Composers Award for 2013. 

Become a Chamber Music New Zealand Encore Supporter
Sunday, 1 December 2013

Every December our year-end appeal creates an opportunity to reflect on the achievements and challenges of the previous 12 months.

TRINITY TRIO - Tina Kim, Stella Kim, Sally Kim. Photo Credit: Rhys Palmer
Monday, 25 November 2013
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.
Monday, 18 November 2013

Wellington-based business leader Paul Baines, has been a Trustee  on the Board of Chamber Music New Zealand since 2008.

Paul Baines

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

by John Button, Dominion Post

Confetti raining down on Michael Houstoun at the close of his BEETHOVEN reCYCLE concerts
Wednesday, 13 November 2013

November 11th 2013 saw the final performance of Michael Houstoun's year-long journey reCycling Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas in 40 concerts around the country.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

by John Button, Domion Post

This was the second of the last three concerts in this momentous series to be held in the Michael Fowler Centre. 

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

by Allan Purdy, Taranaki Daily News

This could be the shortest review of all time! PERFECT. 

However, for those unfortunately unable to be there, a few supporting comments will help. 

Monday, 11 November 2013

by John Button, Dominion Post

Michael Houstoun Beethoven reCYCLE 2013
Monday, 4 November 2013

by William Dart, The New Zealand Herald

As Michael Houstoun nears the end of his heroic Beethoven reCYCLE series revisiting the 32 Piano Sonatas, I am reminded of a comment that the pianist made back in 1989.

Cavaleri Quartet New Zealand Tour 2013
Monday, 4 November 2013

This November the UK's Cavaleri 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.

The Tallis Scholars. Credit: David Alexander
Friday, 25 October 2013

by William Dart, The New Zealand Herald

A full Holy Trinity Cathedral is usually reserved for midnight mass or funerals of the famous, but there were few empty seats at the Wednesday concert by the Tallis Scholars under Peter Phillips.

Nelson School of Music, sold out for Beethoven reCYCLE Part 3
Thursday, 24 October 2013

by Margot Hannigan, Nelson Mail

The spiritual journey that Michael Houstoun has made to celebrate his 60th birthday is truly inspiring. I admire his stamina, his incredible memory, his dedication and aloneness.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

by Jenny Campbell, Invercargill Eye

Southland people were treated to a feast of Beethoven last Sunday with Michael Houstoun playing part of his repertoire of 32 Beethoven piano sonatas at the Civic Theatre on the occasion of his 60th birthday.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013


By Rachel Hyde, Radio New Zealand Concert

Peter Phillips, Tallis Scholars Director
Wednesday, 23 October 2013

by Simon Holden ,

The Tallis Scholars. Credit: David Alexander
Wednesday, 23 October 2013

by John Button, Dominion Post

In the world of early music the Tallis Scholars are about as big a name as there is. Founded in 1973 by Peter Phillips they have become a household name, with their reputation extending beyond the narrow world of Renaissance music.

The Tallis Scholars. Credit: Eric Richmond
Tuesday, 22 October 2013

By Lindis Taylor, Middle C

Counterstreich Quintet: (Samantha Dench - flute | Annabel Lovatt - oboe | Kenny Keppel - clarinet | Sasha Rasmussen - bassoon | Lilla Dittrich - horn)
Monday, 21 October 2013
This year’s Auckland Chamber Music Society Prize winners were decided on Sunday 20 October, 2pm at the Music Theatre, Auckland University School of Music. Congratulations to the Counterstreich Quintet.
Saturday, 19 October 2013

by Marion Poole, Otago Daily Times

Michael Houstoun enraptured a full house at the Glenroy Auditorium with the final of his Dunedin performances of the Beethoven sonatas.

All four works were performed with the brilliance of a perfectionist.

Friday, 18 October 2013

By Peter Williams, Hawkes Bay Today

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

By Stephen Fisher, Manawatu Standard

2014 Kaleidoscopes Concert Season
Friday, 11 October 2013
Bringing you back to the heart of chamber music
The New Zealand String Quartet at St Mary of the Angels. Credit: Megan Ward
Monday, 7 October 2013
Violin I. Violin II. Viola. Cello. Possibly the best ensemble ever created: sharing in common all the richness of timbre a bow can create upon a string, but also startlingly different, the pitch of each voice able to sing out in complete independence as well as blend seamlessly into the whole.
Sunday, 6 October 2013

by Peter Williams, Hawkes Bay Today

Piers Lane and Goldner String Quartet NZ Tour 2013
Saturday, 5 October 2013

by William Dart, The New Zealand Herald

A week ago, the Goldner String Quartet cellist, Julian Smiles, extolled the pleasures of exploring Mendelssohn, and the composer's Opus 13 launched the group's concert on Thursday night.

Lazarus String Quartet 2013 NZ Tour
Wednesday, 2 October 2013

by Hanno Fairburn, Rotorua Daily Post

The Lazarus String Quartet combined spirit and polish in their concert chamber performance.

The young members of this well integrated and committed group were originally from Christchurch and now study together in Germany.

Monday, 30 September 2013

by Stephen Fisher, Manawatu Standard

Encore supports pianist Michael Houstoun in his Beethoven concerts
Monday, 30 September 2013

The Encore Supporter Programme provides extraordinary opportunities

Saturday, 28 September 2013

by William Dart, The New Zealand Herald

The Goldner String Quartet is already in the country on its Chamber Music New Zealand tour.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

By Elizabeth Bouman, Otago Daily Times

Last evening's recital in the Glenroy by the touring Goldner Quartet was a presentation of chamber music at its very best.

Monday, 23 September 2013

By Ruth Allison, Nelson Mail

Sunday, 22 September 2013

By John Button, Dominion Post

CMNZ Christchurch Venue Change 2013 St Margarets College
Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Based on how popular our Beethoven reCYCLE concerts have been and developments in seeking a suitable venue for our 2014 season, Chamber Music New Zealand has decided to relocate the final three Beethoven reCYCLE concerts from The Grange Theatre at Middleton Grange School.

Monday, 9 September 2013

Christchurch Arts Festival Youth Ambassador Review

Friday, 6 September 2013

Christchurch Arts Festival Youth Ambassador Review

Wednesday, 4 September 2013
This spring pianist Piers Lane is touring the country with the Goldner String Quartet and will be playing two of the finest piano quintets in the repertoire - Elgar's Piano Quintet in A minor and Franck's Piano Quintet in F minor. Piers took some time to play a game of 'complete the sentence' with us, so we could get to know him a little better...
CMNZ 2013 Concert Season venue change in New Plymouth
Sunday, 1 September 2013

The TSB Showplace in New Plymouth, including the Theatre Royal, where CMNZ holds all of the Kaleidoscopes Concert Season performances will be closed from 2 September 2013 until 1 March 2014 in order to strengthen and upgrade the building to meet the latest National

Friday, 30 August 2013

By Andrew Buchanan-Smart, Waikato Times

CMNZ Mixed Ability concert with Julian Raphael and BonaNZa
Tuesday, 27 August 2013
There was no obligation to stay glued to your seat in silence at a chamber music concert at TSB Theatre Royal yesterday. The audience shouted, clapped, danced, sang along and stomped their feet as trombone quartet BonaNZa and musical director of Wellington Community Choir Julian Raphael performed.