Music up Close for everyone… By Sue Jane (CMNZ Education and Outreach Coordinator) Last week I had the great privilege of attending a performance by Ensemble Paladino at Homai BLENNZ. The Blind and Low Vision Education Network NZ (BLENNZ) is a school that is made up of a national network of educational services for children […]

Maryanne Sowman, writes and open letter to share her experience at our latest Accessible Concerts in Canterbury that featured the Marimba and Percussion Duo and Julian Raphael. Maryanne and her sister, Margaret Murphy, attended the Hohehap Families’ Weekend in October.   What a wonderful opportunity we as family have each year to attend the Hohepa Families […]

The Tui Quartet is a string quartet based in Dunedin. The quartet was founded in 2016 by Maple Goh (violin), who recruited three other young musicians – Anne Kim (violin), Rosalind Manowitz (viola) and Peter Lee (cello). These young talents aim to create music for social change while increasing public enjoyment of classical music; they […]

Haihong Liu. Chinese-born NZSO first violinist Haihong is a graduate of the prestigious Beijing Central Conservatory of Music in the People’s Republic of China. Haihong emmigrated to New Zealand with her family in 2001, initially joining the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra as sub-principal first violin, and moving to the NZSO in 2002. With the Aroha String Quartet Haihong […]

Our Chief Executive Peter Walls is our guest blogger in this First Encounters series. Peter is known around the country for his expertise in early music. Naturally he is very excited about the upcoming tour with Les Talens Lyriques. Leading French harpsichordist Christophe Rousset founded Les Talens Lyriques more than twenty years ago. The ensemble are known for […]

Chris Gendall studied composition at Victoria University of Wellington before completing a doctoral degree at Cornell University with Roberto Sierra and Steven Stucky. He has participated in a number of festivals and conferences including the Wellesley Composers’ Conference, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Britten-Pears Contemporary Composition programme. His works have received performances in Europe, […]

Helene Pohl has been first violinist of the New Zealand String Quartet since 1994. She is also an Artistic Director of the Adam Chamber Music Festival, held every two years in Nelson. In 2014 she was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for her outstanding services to music in New […]