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 June 2013

By Peter Williams, Hawkes Bay Today

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

by Ruth Allison, Nelson Mail

Tokyo String Quartet NZ Farewell Tour 2013
Monday, 17 June 2013

By William Dart, The New Zealand Herald

Tokyo String Quartet's final Auckland concert drew a large, loyal audience to the Town Hall. The reward was superlative chamber music of a quality rarely savoured in our part of the world.

Tokyo String Quartet NZ Farewell Tour 2013
Monday, 17 June 2013

By John Button, The Dominion Post

Tokyo String Quartet NZ Farewell Tour 2013
Monday, 17 June 2013

By David Larsen, Metro

“I don’t confuse greatness with perfection. Perfection takes no risks with itself. To be great is the higher achievement”. This is a quote from memory, and therefore it is probably not word-perfect; the author (Lois McMaster Bujold) would presumably have no problem with that.

Jason Bae NZ Tour 2013
Saturday, 15 June 2013

by Hanno Fairburn , Rotorua Daily Post

The skills and musical abilities of a young Korean-born pianist awed the audience at the Concert Chamber on Friday night.  

Nikki Chooi performing in the 2013 MHIVC finals
Monday, 10 June 2013

Canadian Nikki Chooi has won the 2013 Michael Hill International Violin Competition.

Nikki (24) performed the Sibelius Concerto in D minor with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in the Grand Final of the prestigious competition on Saturday 8 June 2013.

Thursday, 6 June 2013

The district rounds of the 2013 NZCT Chamber Music Contest began this week with more than 450 ensembles taking part across 14 locations.

Tokyo String Quartet NZ Farewell Tour 2013 Q and A with Martin Beaver
Wednesday, 5 June 2013

This is Tokyo String Quartet's first violinist Martin Beaver. We played a game of 'complete this sentence' and found out all sorts of insightful tidbits! As Wellingtonians the CMNZ National Office will reserve judgement on his coffee of choice, but we applaud his superhero pick and of course the reasons why he loves NZ!

Sergey Malov MHIVC 2011 Winner CMNZ 2013 Concert Tour
Saturday, 1 June 2013

by Paul Serotsky, Northern Advocate, Whangarei

“Bach on 13 Strings”? Yes, but not all together.

Friday, 31 May 2013

Chamber Music New Zealand is delighted to announce the twelve ensembles and soloists selected as part of our 2014 regional roster.

Tokyo String Quartet NZ Farewell Tour 2013
Thursday, 23 May 2013

By Heather K. Scott, Strings website (extract)

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

by Hannah Faiburn, Rotorua Daily Post

The Christchurch ensemble Tres Cordes gave a lively and rewarding performance at the Concert Chamber on Sunday.

Friday, 17 May 2013

By John Button, The Dominion Post

The extremely accomplished NZTrio has always shown great imagination in programming and this concert was no exception. It’s not that everything in the programme was of equal quality but, rather, that there was a great variety of works spanning the last hundred years.

Thursday, 16 May 2013

By Andrew Buchanan-Smart, Waikato Times

NZTrio performed an excellent concert, with repertoire that traversed the divide between the old world and the new world; between Western classical music and Oriental classical and folk music.  

NZTrio Old World New World 2013 NZ Tour
Monday, 13 May 2013

By Stephen Fisher, Manawatu Standard

NZTrio Tour Subtle Dances by Claire Cowan
Friday, 10 May 2013

By William Dart, The New Zealand Herald

Thursday, 9 May 2013

By Brenda Harwood, The Star (Dunedin)

The newly refurbished Glenroy Auditorium provided the perfect backdrop for the brilliance of touring piano trio NZTrio last Friday night.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

By Ruth Allison, Nelson Mail

We were taken on a rich cultural musical tour from composers as far ranging as Russia in 1881 to New Zealand in 2013.

Monday, 6 May 2013

By Rosie Manins, Otago Daily Times

Advice on staccato, pitch and performance placement from some of New Zealand's top chamber musicians is helping Dunedin secondary school pupils prepare for national competitions.

NZTrio Old World New World 2013 NZ Tour
Monday, 6 May 2013

By Gwyneth Hyndman, The Southland Times

New and old music by four eclectic composers from Austria, China, Russia and New Zealand was performed by the NZTrio at the Civic Theatre in Invercargill as part of the Chamber Music New Zealand programme and the Southland Festival of the Arts.

Saturday, 4 May 2013

By Marian Poole, Otago Daily Times

A brilliant programme was vigorously applauded by a capacity audience at the newly refurbished Glenroy Auditorium yesterday.

Michael Houstoun Beethoven reCYCLE 2013
Tuesday, 23 April 2013

By William Dart, The New Zealand Herald

Michael Houstoun's reCYCLE, with the pianist tackling all 32 Beethoven Sonatas, has begun its historic journey around the country.

Dean Zillwood's portrait on the programme cover caught the determination of this man, revisiting a project first undertaken in 1994.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

“Vote with your feet” as the saying goes – and audiences all around the country have been doing just that over and over again for Michael Houstoun’s Beethoven reCYCLE Part One concerts.  This kind of feet-voting isn’t that of leaving the performances but rather the kind that involves leaping from seats with rapturous applause. The standing ovation kind.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

By Peter Mechen, Middle C

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

By John Button, The Dominion Post

Excerpts from John Button's reviews for all of Beethoven reCYCLE Part One in Wellington

Beethoven-reCYCLE 2013. The Beethoven Sonatas – Concert One.

Michael Houstoun (piano). Ilott Theatre, Wellington, April 12

Monday, 15 April 2013

By Andrew Stantiall, Positively Wellington Venues - Reporting LIVE

"I should have done more homework" I said to my companion as we sat down in the front row of the Ilott Theatre after wading through a sea of grey hair and silk scarves. Admittedly, I had done quite a bit.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

By Peter Williams, Hawkes Bay Today

This third programme of seven was built around the longest sonata in the set, the so called Hammerklavier No 26 in B Flat Opus 106.

Galvanised tour with CMNZ
Wednesday, 3 April 2013

By Stephen Fisher, Manawatu Standard

When Chamber Music New Zealand announces a tour by an ensemble that consists of piano (Deidre Irons), saxophone (Deborah Rawson) and flute (Rebecca Steel) one realises that this is going to be a highly colourful beginning to this year's season, part of a series that is already characterised by imaginative and distinctive programming.

Sunday, 24 March 2013

By Peter Williams, Hawkes Bay Today

Inevitably in a set of sonatas there are particular compositions which stand out for the unique quality of the writing.

Kronos Quartet NZ Tour
Saturday, 16 March 2013

By Patrick Shepherd, The Press

Considered the rock stars of contemporary classical music, the Kronos Quartet are recording legends, with an extensive discography of over 45 recordings and an impressive commissioning track record of over 750 new pieces.

Friday, 15 March 2013

Auckland ensemble Rothko Quartet (2012 winners of the Pettman/ROSL Arts International Scholarship) have been greatly inspired by music legends the Kronos Quartet.

In March 2013 when Kronos toured the country with Chamber Music New Zealand Rothko were able to meet them and received two private masterclasses from first violinist and leader David Harrington. 

Michael Houstoun Beethoven reCYCLE 2013
Wednesday, 13 March 2013

By Peter Williams, Hawkes Bay Today

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

By Marian Poole, Otago Daily Times

A large mixed audience of Dunedin's music fraternity was privileged to hear the distinctive blend of interpretive and technical brilliance which the Kronos Quartet have at their fingertips. What a treat to hear live, music which accurately and successfully reflects the solidarities and dualities of today's world.

Kronos Quartet NZ Tour
Tuesday, 12 March 2013

By Simon Sweetman, Off The Track Blog

Kronos Quartet with Wu Man NZ Tour
Monday, 11 March 2013

By William Dart, The New Zealand Herald

We had not come to the Civic Theatre to hear Haydn and Mozart from Kronos Quartet; in partnership with pipa virtuoso Wu Man, the Americans were offering a rare mingling of music and magic.

Monday, 11 March 2013
mindbending, humorous, talented, humble
Saturday, 9 March 2013

By Simon Holden,

Galvanised tour with CMNZ
Sunday, 3 March 2013

By Andrew Buchanan-Smart, Waikato Times

Galvanised produced a charming concert full of humour, colour and lyricism where the conversational aspects of music were apparent.

In Dubois trio Les Tréteaux the quirky Prologue and Romantica flowed with ease from voice to voice with the hues beautifully subtle. 

Monday, 4 February 2013

Chamber Music New Zealand has launched a mini blog. The 10 Days of Chamber Music blog posts centre around the ten intense days that are the 2013 Adam Chamber Music Festival.

Bryony Gibson-Cornish studying at Juilliard in New York
Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Last year we reported on the wonderful success of NZCT Chamber Music Contest alumni winner Bryony Gibson-Cornish and her acceptance into the Juilliard School through the Fulbright Exchange Programme.

This month Bryony updated us on her exciting journey...

Dear Chamber Music New Zealand,

CMNZ Music for the Festive Season
Thursday, 13 December 2012

It's that time of year. A time for twinkling lights, tinsel, plenty of baking, friends, family and frivolity. Here at Chamber Music New Zealand we think that there is one thing that goes perfectly with all of this ... music!

Adam Chamber Music Festival 2013
Thursday, 6 December 2012

The Adam Chamber Music Festival has proudly taken its place on the international stage and is recognised as a leading chamber music event, not only in New Zealand, but in Australasia and attracts guests and audiences from around the globe.

Friday, 30 November 2012

“packed with sparkle and elegance”

"musicianship of the highest order”

“Bravo! someone yells from the audience amid long, loud applause”

“the playing as a whole was sublime”

Friday, 16 November 2012

The Rothko Quartet Olivia Francis, Emily Bouwhuis violins, Alex Macdonald viola, Cameron Stuart cello , although a recently formed group are no strangers to playing together – all its members have been section leaders in the Auckland Youth Orchestra and University of Auckland Orchestra.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

For the last two weeks Aranui and Avondale Primary Schools have been echoing with song, drums, ukuleles and boomwhackers, all working towards a concert this coming Thursday before the long weekend.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

by Tim Jones, The Tribune

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

by Marian Poole, Otago Daily Times

An exciting programme was brilliantly played before a larger than usual Chamber Music New Zealand audience at the Regent Theatre on Monday night.

Exciting because the Enso Quartet is renowned for its interpretations of Ginastera and because it had a commissioned work from Gillian Whitehead.

Friday, 2 November 2012

by Peter Williams, Hawkes Bay Today

The Enso String Quartet, violinists Maureen Nelson and John Marcus, violist Stephanie Fong and cellist Richard Belcher, with their Grammy nomination for the recording of the Ginastera String Quartets, is an ensemble of high repute. The reason for this was abundantly clear in the performance of Ginastera's String Quartet No1.