Some great announcements to share

Nikki Chooi - member of tf3

We are extremely excited to share the news of Nikki (2013 winner) Chooi's recent appointment to the cutting edge ensemble Time For Three ('tf3') which Sir Simon Rattle calls "the future of music".  This dynamic (and very hip) group of two violins and a double bass is breaking through just about every barrier.  
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Just pointing out that is Nikki's suit from NZ's Working Style he won as part of his 2013 prize.  He loved it so much, he's since purchased a second one!

Congratulations to the newlyweds

Bella Hristova (2007) wed her partner, David Ludwig, last week in a private ceremony in Vermont USA.

David currently serves on the composition faculty and is the Dean of Artistic Programs at the illustrious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. It was announced in April of this year that David has been collectively commissioned by seven American orchestras to compose a new concerto - for violin and orchestra.  Bella will be premiering them in the coming months. 

Suyeon's 2016 Tour 
Chamber Music New Zealand has finalised the New Zealand tour dates for June/July next year with pianist Stephen DePledge. Six South Island and seven North Island concerts, plus a couple in Melbourne and Sydney with presenting partner Musica Viva Australia.  Details to follow soon.


The Competition thanks Amber Read for her insightful coverage of and enthusiasm for the Competition. If you haven’t come across these items, please take a few minutes to read and listen – you’ll be pleased you did.

The Pantograph Punch
Radio New Zealand Concert

Not to Miss

Natalie Lin (2013 Michael Hill Audience Prize) is touring the country this month with two other top-notch Kiwi artists, pianist John Chen and cellist Edward King, thanks for Chamber Music New Zealand. There are still plenty of opportunities to see them in action. Tour details here.

And friends in Queenstown.... if you're missing the strains of beautiful violin music post the June Competition, you'll have the chance to get a quick fix because the Aroha String Quartet is performing at St Peters on 1 September. Information and tickets here.
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