In early 2020, the world was struck by the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, NZTrio began its new era with the appointment of pianist Somi Kim and violinist Amalia Hall joining cellist Ashley Brown in continuing the 19-year legacy of commissioning works from NZ composers, bringing lesser-known works to light, and celebrating the widely-known jewels […]


  Excerpt from Kenji Bunch Swing Shift ii Night Flight NZTrio’s Sway perfectly encapsulates their shared ambition to bring joyful, vibrant, life-affirming music to audiences in all corners of the world. The album comprises a rich and rewarding programme of beautifully performed and recorded music by five exceptional contemporary composers. Buy Now


Excerpt from Vicissitudes – Part III MIKE NOCK TRIO:Mike Nock (piano)Brett Hirst (bass)James Waples (drums)NZTRIO:Justine Cormack (violin)Sarah Watkins (piano)Ashley Brown (cello)Mike Nock (ONZM) is an internationally recognised master of jazz. His trio, with Christchurch-born bassist Brett Hirst and Australian drummer James Waples, is one of the top modern jazz groups in Australasia. NZTrio is New […]


Hot off the press, Lightbox features recent commissions by some of the finest of the current generation of New Zealand composers. Taking its title from Karlo Margetić’s SOUNZ Contemporary award-winner, Lightbox features works by Claire Cowan, Rachel Clement, Alex Taylor, Samuel Holloway, Gao Ping, and Chris Gendall. Download in iTunes. Buy Now

800 Million Heartbeats

NZTrio plays music of Stuart Greenbaum. With this new album, their first on the ABC Classics label, the Trio presents music by award-winning Australian composer Stuart Greenbaum. The Greenbaum sound has clear connections to jazz, pop and minimalism but goes beyond these important influences: ‘I often conceive of music in terms of journeys, but I […]

O Cambodia

This recording documents an extraordinary collaborative project initiated by NZ composer and Asian specialist Jack Body and launched for the 2011 Auckland Arts Festival. NZTrio performs alongside 3 Cambodian musicians, premiering 4 new and incredibly unique works from NZ and Cambodian composers. This CD is a wonderful record of these works from composers Jack Body, […]


NZTrio features on this release of music by John Psathas – performing Helix, a work commissioned by NZTrio in 2006.The performance has been described by New Zealand Herald reviewer William Dart as one that ‘guarantees goosebumps’ and he rates the album 5 out of 5. Helix is a truly 21st century album. Inspired by an eclectic […]


FLOURISHES is the third album by one of New Zealand’s most accomplished classical groups. Playing with the boundaries of contemporary chamber music, NZTrio brings its much-heralded blend of contrasting works to its new album, which provides a snapshot of the type of programme the group loves to perform live. Recent NZTrio commissions by Wayan Yudane […]

bright tide moving between

bright tide moving between is NZTrio’s first outing on Rattle Records, after Spark, its critically acclaimed 2005 debut on Trust. The album signals a maturing artistic focus as NZTrio keeps one foot proudly on the shores of Aotearoa, while taking its listeners on a journey out through the Pacific Rim. Bright Tide’s thematic focus extends through […]


Charlotte Yates was invited to oversee this ambitious project: setting Hone Tuwhare’s poetry to music. This resultant collection features Goldenhorse, Hinemoana Baker, Graham Brazier, Whirimako Black, Dean Hapeta, Don McGlashan, Hone Hurihanganui, Strawpeople, Dallas Tamaira, Mahinirangi Tocker, Wai, and of course Charlotte herself. As well as being among the top ten of New Zealand’s greatest […]