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 […]

Wellington-based Trio Amistad (Simon Brew, saxophone; Rebecca Steel, flute; Jane Curry, guitar) were on tour last month, as part of our Encompass series. Their tour covered a lot of ground around the country: after starting in their home-city they ventured to Gore, Motueka, Whangarei, Warkworth, Tauranga and Gisborne. One of the things they were really […]

Natalie Lin is a kiwi violinist currently studying towards her DMA at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music (Houston, Texas). She won the NZCT Chamber Music Contest with her piano quartet in 2005 and more recently received 6th prize and the Audience Choice Award at the 2013 Michael Hill International Violin Competition, becoming the first New Zealander in 10 years to […]

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 […]