Three born and bred kiwis, three Doctorates of Music, over a decade playing together as a seamless ensemble, and one shared vision: to champion New Zealand composition within a vast and vibrant repertoire, uniting sound and soul for people around the globe.
Justine (violin), Ashley (cello), and Sarah (piano) have captivated music-lovers throughout New Zealand, Australia, Asia, South America, the USA, Europe and Scandinavia. Recent international highlights include a jazz vs. classical collaboration at Australia’s 2015 Darwin Festival and an 8th return tour to China, celebrating the life and controversial musical voice of late kiwi composer Jack Body.
Every NZTrio performance is an intimate, dynamic and engaging ride – sometimes a gift of tranquil reflection, sometimes a wild and intense shot in the arm. This group is equally renowned for their warm kiwi personalities and authentic audience relations as they are for their daringly eclectic programmes and intimate venue choices.
Described as a ‘national treasure’, NZTrio welcomes the opportunity for exciting collaborations that span the artistic and cultural spectrum, having participated in many projects over the years involving contemporary dance and film, taonga puoro (traditional Maori instruments) and more. They smash old preconceptions of classical music being stuffy and ostentatious by presenting it in a fresh and approachable way. Critical acclaim for the group extends to their ever-expanding catalogue of recorded work, with three of their CDs nominated for Best Classical Album at the NZ Music Awards since 2006.
The trio are strongly committed to new commissions by both leading and emerging composers from home and abroad. This, plus a secondary schools programme and a new NZTrio Composing Competition for tertiary students, makes NZTrio a driving force in the New Zealand music industry.
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