Toru Whā, Ka Rewa a Matariki

Chamber Music New Zealand celebrates Matariki 2019 with:
Toru Whā, Ka Rewa a Matariki (‘Three, Four, The Rise of Matariki’)
Featuring NZTrio & Taonga Pūoro master Horomona Horo
This beautifully curated performance of works written especially for NZTrio by kiwi composers Dame Gillian Karawe Whitehead, Victoria Kelly, Martin Lodge, Richard Nunns, Jeremy Mayall, and Gareth Farr, explores the meaning of Matariki in modern day Aotearoa and includes tuonga pu
A collaboration that contemplates and invites discussion on the first encounters between Māori and European explorers and the resulting effects on our shared culture, as well as the significance of Matariki in our Aotearoa/New Zealand today.
Watch Toi Huarewa (The Suspended Way) by Victoria Kelly
Watch Nga Whetu Hou by Martin Lodge
Watch Te Waka o te Rangi by Gillian Whitehead
Watch Ahakoa he iti he pounamu by Jeremy Mayall

Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time with Julian Bliss

NZTrio and British clarinettist Julian Bliss performed Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time as part of Chamber Music New Zealand’s 2016 national touring schedule.  A second collaboration of this will take place in August 2018 in Parramatta and Canberra Australia.
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Ker, Dorothy

String Taxonomy, written for Piano Trio and Guzheng (2016)

Onaia (2014) – c. 15′

Gao, Ping

Feng Zheng/Kite, written for piano trio and guzheng (2016) – c. 19′

Su Xie Si Ti/Four Sketches (2009) – c. 10′

Simon O'Neill (tenor)

Gustav Mahler (arr. Kenneth Young)  Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer) for piano trio and voice
Vermillion Songs by composer Juliet Palmer, written for piano trio and voice
Robert Kahn, Lieder, op. 46 (for piano trio and voice)
Richard Strauss (arr. Alex Taylor) Four Lieder, op. 27 (for piano trio and voice)
Premiered in 2016 as part of NZTrio Loft Series: Flare.
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Vicissitudes with the Mike Nock Trio

An alternation between opposite and contrasting things.
Jazz and classical music came together on stage in 2013 when two of New Zealand’s best-loved trios combined their considerable talents in a special concert featuring Mike Nock’s new work Vicissitudes. A musical celebration of the worlds of jazz and classical music, Vicissitudes reflects on our shared ability to overcome dire circumstances. Vicissitudes premiered to a sold-out audience at the Christchurch Arts Festival in 2013.
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NZTrio was joined by three Cambodian folk musicians – Him Savy, Keo Dorivan and Him Sophy – to perform compositions by Chinary Ung (Cambodia/US), Him Sophy (Cambodia), Dame Gillian Whitehead (NZ), and Jack Body (NZ). These new works were inspired by Cambodia’s turbulent and tragic recent history.

In 2014, O Cambodia toured to Phnom Penh (Cambodia) and multiple locations in China.


2013 marked the start of a project that forged new ground for NZTrio and theatre ensemble Massive Company. We worked together with composer/performer Chris O’Connor to develop original music that is fully integrated into a theatrical presentation of Gary Henderson’s script My Bed, My Universe. We workshopped and experimented closely with Chris and the team at Massive Company throughout 2013, developing and evolving what became an astonishing production for performances in 2014.


NZTrio joined the New Zealand Dance Company on stage in 2012 for performances of Gareth Farr’s Mondo Rondo within their inaugural show Language of Living.


NZTrio with Lepistö&Lehti, a fresh Helsinki-based duo of talented and sought-after instrumentalists Pekka Lehti (double bass) and Markku Lepistö (accordion). The duo operates at the forefront of contemporary acoustic music with a distinct Nordic folk/jazz influence and a strong sense of musical dialogue. The Lepistö&Lehti sound is characterised by the players’ remarkable confidence and vision, which gives the music distinctively personal edge.


NZTrio performed NZ works by John Psathas and Wayan Yudane and played with Moana & The Tribe (contemporary fusion Maori dance and music) within a 1 hour show also featuring Aivale Cole (award winning NZ opera singer) and Footnote Dance (contemporary NZ dance)


NZTrio members performed with Phil Dadson (invented and other sonics), hosting a night of improvised music-performance featuring surprise VISITORS (unknown to audience and performers. An event organised in association with the Wine Cellar and Chris O’Connor’s fortnightly schedule of Tuesday events.


“A Northland Heartscape” – Song created with Mahinarangi Tocker:
Recorded “Tuwhare” CD of 12 poems by Hone Tuwhare set to music by recording artists of NZ/Aoteoroa.
Performed in Auckland Festival AK07


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)


Composed by Gillian Whitehead: arranged by Joost Langeveld and Jim Gardiner (Excerpt)

Piano Trio (NZTrio), Singer (Helen Medlyn) and Electronic Media Sounds

Performed at the 2003 APRA Awards – SouNZ Contemporary Award 2003

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