March 2017 HighNotes Newsletter

Hi and welcome to our first edition of HighNotes for 2017. This edition is dedicated to our biggest news: that Justine will be leaving NZTrio.




After fifteen years performing together with us as the founding members of NZTrio, Justine has decided to leave the trio after May this year.


Justine’s contribution to the development and success of NZTrio has been enormous. Since we first played together fifteen years ago, we have enjoyed an incredible collaboration together, performing, touring, recording, and being champions for NZ music both here and overseas. You will have witnessed some of those special moments. We will all miss her energy, enthusiasm, integrity, and fine musicianship.


In recognition of Justine’s years of service to the trio, Peter Rowe, chairman of NZTrio Foundation, said, “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”.


Justine says, “It feels like the perfect time in my own life to take this leap. I am incredibly proud of what Sarah, Ashley and I have achieved over these years together.”


So what’s on the cards for her now?


“Actually, at first I’ll be working within the idea of making space in order to allow new things to evolve”, she says.


Justine and her husband, Marc Taddei (you may know him as the conductor of Orchestra Wellington) are preparing to shift to Wanaka and set up a new life together based there. We wish her only the very best for all the adventures that await her, and we’re sure you do too.


We imagine you’ll be wondering what this means for our future. Well, as the recruitment process rolls out, we’re prepared for the challenge and fascination of playing with different violinists, especially noticing how each different player affects the group as a whole. The importance of finding the right fit is clear so we’re eager to dive into the search for a brilliant new colleague who will help us uphold and further develop the team.


But first things first: Justine is still playing with us for 3 more months. We hope you can make it along to catch some of the last concerts of the founding members, the ‘original crew’. Here are some opportunities:




Music in Manurewa


On Sunday 5th March we play our first recital at the Nathan Homestead in Manurewa, Auckland. It promises to be a magical environment to experience our music, live and up close. Click here for concert details or here for tickets.








The China Project


In April we head back to Hangzhou, China, where our friend SHEN Nalin, composer, has written us a piece and organised several of his friends to do the same. We are anticipating an intense week of workshops in the company of all the composers, before a studio recording session and a final public performance in the stunning new performance facilities at Zhejiang Conservatory of Music.








Road Trip


When we get back, we go on tour with Chamber Music New Zealand. We’ll be in:


Rotorua on 20th April
Whanganui on 28th April
Wellington on 30th April
Upper Hutt on 1st May
Whangarei on 7th May


We’ve got lots of great repertoire to share – moody tango-esque numbers with a twist (Piazzolla, Cowan, Penaforte, Hamilton and Musto) and then a classical masterpiece from Schubert or Beethoven – which one depends on which concert you get to. Click here and scroll down for all the details.






Tickets to our ‘home games’, our Loft Series in Auckland, will be on sale soon – keep an eye out for the release of all the details. But for this edition of HighNotes, it’s important to note that the first concerts in this year’s Loft Series, on 21st and 23rd May (featuring some dramatic Bridge, delightful Gendall and mighty Schubert), will be Justine’s swansong, her final hurrah with us. So please make it along if you can, to join in the celebration and give Justine the send-off she deserves.





Hope to see you soon!
Ashley, Sarah and Justine.

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