NZTrio Composing Competition finalists announced

We’ve made our selection for 15 finalists in this year’s Composing Competition (Impetus). Congratulations to all students for your submissions, we look forward to the work-shopping stage starting later this month. The list of chosen works, and more information about the process can be found here. 

Media Release 2017: Stirring Changes ahead for NZTrio

Media Release

STIRRING CHANGES AHEAD FOR NZTRIO

NZTrio is seeking a new violinist following the decision by Justine Cormack to leave the trio from mid-2017. After fifteen years performing together with Ashley Brown (cellist) and Sarah Watkins
(pianist) as founding members of NZTrio, Justine is to move on in a new direction.

“Justine has made an incredible contribution over the last 15 years to developing NZTrio into the
leading ensemble it is today. Together with Ashley and Sarah, Justine has helped mould NZTrio
into a driving force in the New Zealand music scene” said NZTrio Foundation chairman, Peter Rowe.

Justine has reached a point in her career where she wishes to pursue new challenges. She is incredibly proud and satisfied with the treasury of repertoire that NZTrio has performed, including an impressive catalogue of new commissions. Justine, along with her NZTrio colleagues, has always been a strong advocate of New Zealand composers and commissions with a special interest in emerging composers. She was integral in setting up the NZTrio Composing Competition for tertiary music students which was introduced in 2015.

Audiences both in New Zealand and overseas, as well as her colleagues and peers, will miss her
superb talent and skill as part of this much-loved ensemble. Justine will remain with the trio to perform the first national concerts in 2017, as well as a return tour to China.

She leaves the ensemble in the strongest of positions with remaining founding members Ashley and Sarah committed to upholding NZTrio’s reputation of bold and unexpected programming.  With quality being paramount to NZTrio performances, the recruitment process will be far-reaching but the NZTrio team is up for the challenge. 
“Without a doubt, Justine’s contribution to the development and success of NZTrio has been enormous”, says Sarah and Ashley. “Justine actually introduced us to each other 15 years ago, and since then we have enjoyed an incredible collaboration together, performing, touring, recording, and being champions for NZ music both here and overseas. She has always been completely committed to the group, and we will miss her energy, enthusiasm, integrity, and fine musicianship, and wish her well for the adventures that await her.  As we start our recruitment process, we are looking forward to the challenge of playing with different violinists, and to finding a brilliant new colleague who will uphold and further develop the legacy that Justine has helped establish. NZTrio’s next chapter is sure to be a very exciting one!”. 
Audiences can continue to expect concerts in true-NZTrio style, matching classical masterpieces with lesser-known and newly commissioned works.  This year there’ll be some surprise guest violinists in the chair as the group presents their 2017 programme while at the same time undertaking the search for a new and permanent member.

Programme details will be announced in the coming weeks.

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NZTrio delivers classy performance

Reviewing NZTrio’s Flare concert, it’s difficult to resist an easy pun, as this pairing of top-class ensemble with celebrated Kiwi heldentenor showed commendable flair. Simon O’Neill certainly earned his helden credentials, with almost two heroic hours of singing, encompassing a Bach cantata, songs by Mahler and Strauss, along with a new Juliet Palmer commission.

First up were three 1906 lieder by Robert Kahn, originally scored for voice and trio, delivered with the affection that elegant but lightweight music demands.

Turning to transcriptions, Bach’s Ich habe Genug had problems. One missed the vibrancy of the original oboe solo and textural variety was somewhat dampened. O’Neill seemed more jubilantly in home territory with four of Mahler’s Wayfarer songs, sympathetically arranged by Kenneth Young. Alex Taylor took more risks rescoring Richard Strauss, underlining unease in one song with eerie string effects while providing an appropriately lush background for O’Neill’s powerful attestations of love in the final number.

Juliet Palmer’s Vermillion Songs was a fascinating response to Emily Dickinson’s elliptical lyrics. A little like a musical dissection – appropriately with her instrumental writing inspired by sound-worlds inside the human body – Palmer focused on intricate detail, occasionally taking time to highlight a single word with a flurry of virtuosity. Mid-cycle, the relaxed melodic cohesion of the third song allowed O’Neill to dispense persuasive lyricism.

William Dart, New Zealand Herald – 15 November 2016

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Thanks for letting us keep in touch. We hope to see you at a show soon.

Sarah, Justine, and Ashley

NZTrio

NZTrio gratefully acknowledges its supporters and funders: 

Sustaining Partner: Creative New Zealand 

Funders: Auckland Council, ASB Community Trust, and NZTrio Patrons

Supporters: Minter Ellison Rudd Watts, Massey University, Lewis Eady,

WORLD and a positive massage

"FOR THE PEOPLE" BY NESIAN MYSTIC

arranged by Russ Garcia
Piano Trio (NZTrio), Electric Bass (Aaron Cadell), Drums (Nick Gaffaney) and Vocalist (Tim Beveridge)
Performed at the 2003 APRA Awards (Silver Scroll Winner 2003)

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