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 […]

Stella Lu is a Wellington-based student, who has been doing volunteer work for us with all things Contest-related.  You may have spied her page turning for some of our Kaleidoscopes concerts, including the 2015 Chamber Music Contest. She has been volunteering in our National Office as part of her Duke of Edinburgh Award – she […]

Our Chief Executive Peter Walls is very excited about the upcoming tour with jazz pianist/composer Uri Caine. Peter is our guest blogger in this First Encounters series. Peter is known around the country for his expertise in early music. As he recounts in this blog post, one particular review of jazz pianist Uri Caine reinventing Bach was a musical […]

Saxophonist and Music Educator Simon Brew is currently Director of Music for the Royal New Zealand Air Force Band. He has been a contract player for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Auckland Philharmonia and the Netherlands Blazers Ensemble. Simon took part in our recent collaboration with Mahinawa Specialist School, where he worked with […]

This year is the 50th Anniversary of the Chamber Music Contest, so CMNZ is spending plenty of time connecting with Contest Alumni members. Our Alumni Correspondent Salina Fisher has been delving deep into the 50-year history of the Contest, and will be sharing many Alumni stories for you in the coming months as we celebrate an important year […]

This year is the 50th Anniversary of the Chamber Music Contest, so CMNZ is spending plenty of time connecting with Contest Alumni members. Our Alumni Correspondent Salina Fisher has been delving deep into the 50-year history of the Contest, and will be sharing many Alumni stories for you in the coming months as we celebrate an important year […]