In August 2016 Eden Arts proudly launched a new event - the Mt Eden Chamber Music Festival. This took the form of three early evening/afternoon concerts in the heart of Mt Eden and featured some of the best professional chamber musicians in the country.

The Chamber Music Festival is a welcome supplement to our musical matinees which have been an annual part of the Eden Arts programme for a long time with the aim of supporting young emerging musicians.


For our launch in August 2016 we held three concerts over three days in the heart of Mt Eden. The three concerts were linked musically by a common theme and many lucky concertgoers chose to attend all three concerts for the full experience. Playing world-class chamber music to packed houses, we could not have envisaged a more uplifting and successful launch of this inaugural event. Intensely difficult repertoire was performed with ease and aplomb, interspersed with a gentle narrative from the musicians to introduce each work. This was chamber music at its finest, and a rare chance to hear these programmes performed live over one weekend.


Simeon Broom, violinist and Artistic Director of this inaugural festival, has strong roots in Mt Eden having grown up here. Fulfilling a long-held dream he gathered colleagues and put together a programme that delved deep into the heart of the romantic spirit and provided a rare chance to hear these masterworks live over one weekend. The theme of the festival was “Eine Romantische Reise” (A Romantic Journey) and as the name suggests we celebrated an exciting programme of German Romantic music. The hour-long programmes took audiences on a journey through what was one of the most exciting periods in classical music.


    Beethoven “Ghost” Piano Trio in D major, Op.70 No.1
    Schumann Piano Quartet in E flat major Op.47
    Simeon Broom (violin), Julia Joyce (viola), Andrew Joyce (cello), Rachel Church (piano)


    Schubert String Quintet in C major, D 956
    Aroha String Quartet with Andrew Joyce


    Beethoven String Trio in G major, Op.9 No.1
    Schumann Piano Quintet in E flat major Op.44
    Simeon Broom (violin), Anna van der Zee (violin), Julia Joyce (viola), Andrew Joyce (cello),
    Rachel Church (piano)


Simeon Broom (violin)
Julia Joyce (viola)
Andrew Joyce (cello)
Rachel Church (piano)
with the Aroha String Quartet and Anna van der Zee.


Simeon Broom grew up in Auckland and began the violin at the age of 4 years. He completed Performance Violin studies at Auckland University with Mary O’Brien, during which he won the inaugural University Concerto Competition, with the Elgar Violin Concerto. Simeon received a D.A.A.D (German Academic Exchange) Scholarship and moved to Germany where he studied at the Hochschule für Musik, Düsseldorf with Professor Ida Bieler and played in the Gürzenich Orchestra in Cologne as well as performances with ‘Live Music Now’, the Yehudi Menuhin founded charity. In 2004 Simeon was finalist in the ‘Young Musicians’ Competition New Zealand’, and has performed as soloist with orchestras both in New Zealand and in Germany.

In 2006, Simeon moved to London to complete his Masters at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with David Takeno and Jack Glickman. He was finalist in the Beares Solo Bach Competition in London and winner of the Sonata Competition (with Rachel Church) at the North London Music Festival. He then spent several years freelancing and has played in orchestras such as the Royal Opera House (Covent Garden), English National Opera, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic and the Sydney Symphony, before taking up his position in the NZSO.

Simeon is a passionate chamber musician and has toured for Chamber Music New Zealand.


Julia grew up in Auckland and completed a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours at Victoria University in 2004. She was Concertmaster of the National Youth Orchestra of New Zealand, before heading to London in 2005 for further study. Julia completed a Masters Degree in Violin/Viola Performance with Distinction at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama 2008. She was a finalist in the Guildhall Wigmore Hall recital competition, and performed for HM the Queen on two separate occasions during her time as a student in London. Julia and her husband Andrew formed the Puertas Quartet in 2009 and reached the semi-finals at the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition 2010.

In 2010 Julia was appointed to the Philharmonia Orchestra of London’s viola section, and also played with the Royal Philharmonic and London Philharmonic Orchestras. She toured France, Germany, Spain, Turkey, Japan and the Canary Islands with the Philharmonia before returning to New Zealand in 2011 to take up the position of Principal Viola with the NZSO. She plays a 1920’s Italian viola by Emilio Rossi.


Principal Cellist of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Joyce, was born in Norwich in England. Passionate about music from an early age, at 11 he went to London to pursue his musical studies at the Purcell School of Music with Amanda Truelove and Michal Kaznowski. He continued studies at the Royal College of Music with Alexander Boyarsky and the Musikhochschule Lübeck with Troels Svane, as a holder of the coveted DAAD Scholarship. He has performed in masterclasses with the late Bernard Greenhouse, Alexander Baillie, David Geringas, Alexander Rudin, Natalia Gutman, Karine Georgian, Leonid Gorokhov, the Takacs Quartet, the Kopelman Quartet.  Violinist & Leader of the London Symphony Orchestra, Gordan Nikolic, also played a very important role in his artistic development and continues to be a source of inspiration.

Before joining the NZSO in September 2010, Andrew spent five years freelancing in London, during which time he performed all over the world with the London Symphony & London Philharmonic Orchestras.  He also played as Guest Principal with Northern Sinfonia, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

A dedicated chamber musician, Andrew performed regularly with pianist Simon Watterton, most notably the complete Beethoven Cello Sonatas, the Bartholdy Trio and the Jigsaw Players and he continues to perform with the Puertas Quartet both in the UK and in New Zealand.

He plays an old English cello by Thomas Dodd, c.1800, kindly loaned to him by Old and New Strings Ltd.


Originally from Wellington, Rachel completed piano studies at the Universities of Auckland and Waikato with Bryan Sayer and Katherine Austin.  She went on to Europe where she undertook further studies and performed widely before returning 10 years later. Rachel completed her Masters of Music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2008, studying with Caroline Palmer on the specialised Chamber Music Course. Prior to this, Rachel studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, with French pianist Prof. Florence Millet and Romanian pianist Prof. Ilana Schapira-Marienescu. In 2008 she was First Prize Winner in the Duo-Sonata Competition at the North London Music Festival with violinist Simeon Broom. 

She is now based in Wellington where she performs and teaches.  She is a Chamber Music Tutor for the New Zealand School of Music’s Young Musicians’ Programme and has toured for Chamber Music New Zealand.



Acclaimed as demonstrating “accomplished brilliance, soulfulness and sublime intensity in perfect balance and tonal unity” (The Dominion Post), the Aroha String Quartet is firmly established as one of New Zealand’s finest chamber music ensembles.

Founded in 2004, this versatile Wellington-based ensemble is known for its passionate musicality, impressive technique, and multicultural innovation.

In 2009, Haihong Liu and Zhongxian Jin were joined by well-known New Zealand cellist Robert Ibell and Simeon Broom joined the group in 2015.

Alongside their busy schedule of orchestral and teaching duties, Aroha is committed to presenting string quartet works ranging from western classical and avant-garde repertoire to traditional Chinese folk music, as well as works for larger forces through collaborations with numerous high-profile musicians.

The Aroha Quartet performs regularly around NZ in centres from the Deep South to the Far North. In 2014 they performed five concerts as part of Chamber Music New Zealand’s Kaleidoscope series. Overseas trips have seen them participate in the prestigious International Summer Academy in Austria in 2010, give concerts and masterclasses in China in 2010 and 2013, and perform at the Huntington Music Festival in Australia in 2011. 


Anna van der Zee grew up in Paeroa and studied violin in Wellington and Detmold, Germany. After 5 years of work and study in Germany, Anna returned to New Zealand and co-founded the Tasman String Quartet. With her quartet, she travelled to Boulder, Colorado to study full-time with the Takacs Quartet for 2 years. Along the way the quartet picked up prizes in chamber music competitions in Florida, Missouri and Melbourne, performed in tours for Chamber Music New Zealand, and took part in festivals and masterclasses from Banff to Hamburg. In her travels Anna has worked with musicians such as Eberhard Feltz, Sylvia Rosenberg, Andras Schiff, Donald Weilerstein, Miriam Fried, Nobuko Imai, and members of the New Zealand, Pacifica, Guarneri, St. Lawrence, Emerson, Michelangelo, Juilliard, Schoenberg, and Cleveland String Quartets.

Before joining the NZSO Anna played with the North German Radio Orchestra and the Århus Symphony Orchestra in Denmark. As a student in Wellington, Anna was concertmaster of the Wellington Youth Orchestra and Principal Second Violin of the NZSO National Youth Orchestra. She  has been awarded several prizes and scholarships, including a DAAD scholarship from the German Government.

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