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. 
 

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.

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.

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

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

Monday, 15 April 2013

By Andrew Stantiall, Positively Wellington Venues - Reporting LIVE

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

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.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

By Marian Poole, Otago Daily Times

Michael Houstoun Beethoven reCYCLE 2013
Wednesday, 13 March 2013

By Peter Williams, Hawkes Bay Today

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, bachtrack.com

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.

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...

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.

Friday, 2 November 2012

by Peter Williams, Hawkes Bay Today

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

by William Dart, The New Zealand Herald

Monday, 29 October 2012

by Garth Wilshere, Capital Times

The final Chamber Music New Zealand concert for this season ended on a high note with the first tour here by American-based Enso String Quartet.

Monday, 29 October 2012

by John Button, Dominion Post

Sunday, 28 October 2012

by Andrew Buchanan-Smart, Waikato Times

Friday, 26 October 2012

Published by Arts Access Aotearoa

Gillian Whitehead with Enso String Quartet on their 2012 CMNZ Tour
Saturday, 20 October 2012

by William Dart, The New Zealand Herald

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

by Andrew Buchanan-Smart , Waikato Times

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

by William Dart, The New Zealand Herald

Monday, 8 October 2012

by Hanno Fairburn, Daily Post, Rotorua

The Poneke Trio gave a glowing performance at the Concert Chamber on Saturday evening.

CMNZ 2013 Kaleidoscopes Concert Season Preview
Thursday, 4 October 2012

Listen to CEO Euan Murdoch and Artist Development Manager Charlotte Wilson t

Monday, 1 October 2012

by William Dart, The New Zealand Herald

Far too many Aucklanders missed the exemplary music-making that Wellington's Zephyr Wind Quintet brought us on its Chamber Music New Zealand tour.

Monday, 1 October 2012

by Andrew Buchanan-Smart , Waikato Times

A delightful well-selected programme which took advantage of showing the richness and variety the wind quintet repertoire has to offer, combining exemplary ensemble playing and virtuoso technique.

Zephyr Wind Quintet 2012 CMNZ Concert Tour
Monday, 24 September 2012

Published in The New Zealand Herald

Monday, 24 September 2012

by John Button, The Dominion Post

Saturday, 8 September 2012

by Val Sherriff, Bay of Plenty Times

Picking the eyes from 900 years of music is no easy task but soprano, Pepe Becker and harpist Helen Webby did a fine job at Tauranga Musica's final concert of the year.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

by Lindis Taylor, Middle C

Thursday, 23 August 2012

by Andrew Buchanan-Smart , Waikato Times

The audience were given a concert full of subtleties from both soprano Madeleine Pierard and pianist Terence Dennis in a programme which mainly focused on lieder with a couple of Italian operatic gems. 

Thursday, 23 August 2012

by John Button, The Dominion Post

Anyone interested in the spectacular progress of young New Zealand singers over recent years has had more than half an ear on the career of Madeleine Pierard.

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