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. 

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 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.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

by Tim Jones, The Tribune

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.

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

by William Dart, The New Zealand Herald

Chamber Music New Zealand had numerous delights lined up on Monday night for its last concert of the season. As well as a new Gillian Whitehead commission and another opportunity to hear the fine pianist Michael Endres, we were introduced to a young ensemble making its name on the international circuit.

Monday, 29 October 2012

by John Button, Dominion Post

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.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

by Andrew Buchanan-Smart, Waikato Times

Friday, 26 October 2012

Published by Arts Access Aotearoa

Participation, energy and fun were the key ingredients in a performance in the Wellington Town Hall on Wednesday 24 October by the Enso String Quartet from the United States, students from Kimi Ora School in Wellington and community musician Julian Raphael.

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

by William Dart, The New Zealand Herald

At 71, Gillian Whitehead is one of our most distinguished composers. Yet one is struck by the humility of the woman; "You don't have to mention that," she laughs, when I bring up the damehood conferred on her in the 2008 Queen's Birthday Honours.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

by Andrew Buchanan-Smart , Waikato Times

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

by William Dart, The New Zealand Herald

Composers are often drawn to the musical equivalent of the challenge that faced Jesus feeding the multitude. Most of Bach's Art of Fugue was wrought from a mere 12-note theme and Beethoven famously created 33 variations on one innocuous little waltz by Anton Diabelli.

Monday, 8 October 2012

by Hanno Fairburn, Daily Post, Rotorua

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

Although newly-formed, the group brought great experience and authority in chamber music to a rewarding programme which was rich in European folk music influences.

CMNZ 2013 Kaleidoscopes Concert Season Preview
Thursday, 4 October 2012

Listen to CEO Euan Murdoch and Artist Development Manager Charlotte Wilson talk about the 2013 season on RadioNZ Concert

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.

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.

Bridget Douglas, Robert Orr, Philip Green, Robert Weeks and Ed Allen share the same illustrious pedigree.

Monday, 24 September 2012

by John Button, The Dominion Post

A fine day, an early-evening concert and a programme with enough variety to show off five world-class wind players – all deeply satisfying. No piece was particularly knotty, or without substance, but each had an ear-tickling affection for the timbres of a wind quintet.

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

Published in The New Zealand Herald

We live in an age that puts great store on expertise. Panels of experts decide art prizes and confirm medical diagnoses. And so it is with music. The many ensembles that Chamber Music New Zealand tours are prime examples of what happens when you bring together a group of top-class musicians to focus on a specific area of repertoire.

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.

Since winning the inaugural Lexus Song Quest in 2005 she has furthered her studies in London and won several competitions.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Top young New Zealand chamber music ensemble Geist is heading to China in September to perform with well-known New Zealand pianist John Chen. Geist will perform at the New Zealand Music Festival in Shanghai on Saturday 22 September.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

by Hanno Fairburn, Daily Post, Rotorua

The Leonari Trio’s first rate performance at the Concert Chamber on Monday (20 August) was packed with sparkle and elegance.

Monday, 20 August 2012

by Val Sherriff, Bay of Plenty Times

The Leonari Trio strutted their stuff at Mills Reef last night turning what could have been a sombre occasion into one of melody-rich delight.

In a concert organised by Tauranga Musica, two elegies - those songs of mourning - and Beethoven's Trio No 5 in D Opus 70, the so-called ghost trio, comprised the programme.

Madeleine Pierard 2012 CMNZ Concert Tour
Monday, 20 August 2012

by William Dart, The New Zealand Herald

In 2005, Madeleine Pierard capped off her Lexus Song Quest victory with an effervescent Una poco voce fa and, just last month, she triumphed in the Royal Opera House production of Rossini's Il Viaggio a Reims.

Monday, 20 August 2012

by Margot Hannigan, Nelson Mail

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Published in the Nelson Mail

Kiwi soprano star Madeleine Pierard is coming to Nelson to present a biographical work of astronomical proportions - Songs for Beatrice. Anna Pearson reports:

Beatrice Tinsley was a genius and a "force of nature", says the singer who will be channelling her memory in an upcoming concert at the Nelson School of Music.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

With the 47th Annual NZCT Chamber Music Contest recently ended Chamber Music New Zealand is eager to continue to support and encourage all of the young musicians who have been invloved.

Two of the contest's winning alumni are in the limelight this month:

Madeleine Pierard
Wednesday, 8 August 2012

by Stephen Fisher, Manawatu Standard

Madeleine Pierard is a highly regarded Young Artist with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, and this tour sees the Lexus Song Quest winner on a welcome return home, to appear in concert with her sister, Anna, who also has an impressive international background.

June Clifford receives the Marie Vandewart Memorial Award, presented by Hon Christopher Finlayson
Monday, 6 August 2012

Each year Chamber Music New Zealand bestows on someone the Marie Vandewart Memorial Award in recognition of their outstanding service and commitment to fostering the love of chamber music.

Monday, 6 August 2012

by Peter Williams, Hawkes Bay Today

This was a slightly unusual programme – vocal rather than instrumental which is the norm for chamber music concerts – featuring two very talented Napier singers – sisters Anna and Madeleine Pierard, together with pianist Terence Dennis.

Geist 2012 NZCT Chamber Music Contest winners
Sunday, 5 August 2012

The Westlake Girls High School quartet of Lauren Bennett (violin), Britta Balzat (violin), Sophis Lee (viola) and Sally Kim (cello) were judged top in the country at the National Final held tonight in Auckland.

Saturday, 4 August 2012

by William Dart, The New Zealand Herald

A musical feast ranging from Mendelssohn, Debussy and Shostakovich to Bacewicz and Babajanian, with a side of US contemporary and a substantial Kiwi dessert, might seem like the banquet of one's dreams.

Thursday, 2 August 2012

The 2012 National Final of the NZCT Chamber Music Contest will take place this weekend on the 3rd and 4th of August in Auckland. Since entries opened in February for the District rounds, hundreds of students have been working hard to be able to showcase the best of their musical abilities.

Thursday, 2 August 2012
A piano rescued from earthquake rubble has been fully restored and will be played in an upcoming concert. The Steinway D 9' grand piano, which belongs to the Civic Music Council, was buried in the Christchurch Art Centre's Great Hall after the February 2011 quake.
Madeleine and Anna Pierard 2012 CMNZ Concert Tour
Monday, 23 July 2012

Singer sisters Madeleine (pictured right) and Anna Pierard are going to be sharing the stage in four of our upcoming concerts this August as part of Madeleine’s CMNZ tour with pianist Terence Dennis.

Monday, 16 July 2012

by William Dart, The New Zealand Herald

Perfection is a rare commodity in the performing arts but, on Friday, the Takacs Quartet gave us just that.

Thursday, 12 July 2012

by June Clifford, Hawkes Bay today

It is difficult to find superlatives to describe the expressive musicality and flawless technique of this string quartet, justifiably considered to be the best in the world at present. It was indeed a privilege to be at their concert.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

by Garth Wilshere, Capital Times

Regular visitors to New Zealand, the Takacs Quartet is always a highlight in the musical year.

As a group they define the concept of perfectly integrated ensemble, seamless and fluid their sound beautiful and full of musical detail nuance, but also individuality.