In August 2016 Eden Arts proudly launched a new event - the Mt Eden Chamber Music Festival. This took the form of three one-hour 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.
Following the success of the inaugural festival we were delighted to hold a second Mt Eden Chamber Music Festival in the last weekend of October 2017.
For our second festival we presented more of New Zealand's foremost chamber musicians in a programme which explored the development of chamber music, from its beginnings in the parlour, through the house concert to the concert hall. Simeon Broom reprised his role as artistic director and the series was aptly titled "A Room with a View", reflecting the settings and stories behind some of the finest chamber works.
The weekend began with players from NZ Barok, who performed a programme of early classical chamber music. On Saturday evening the audience was treated to an evening of song, with the established duo partnership of Catrin Johnsson (mezzo) and Rachel Fuller (piano) performing song works from Mozart to Brahms. Finally, the Sunday concert consisted of the early Beethoven Piano Trio in C minor and the much loved 'Dumky' Trio by Dvorak, performed by the exciting NZ Chamber Soloists.
Haydn String Quartet Op.1 No.3 in D major
Boccherini String Quartet Op.10 No.2 in D minor
Highlights from Mozart's "Magic Flute" in an original arrangement for flute quartet from 1799
Mozart Flute Quartet No.3 in C major
Sally Tibbles (baroque flute), Miranda Hutton (baroque violin), Graham McPhail (baroque violin),
Alison Salmons (baroque viola), Helen Brinkman (baroque cello)
Grieg "Haugtussa" Song Cycle Op.67
C Schumann "Ich stand in dunklen Träumen” Op.13 No.1, "Die stille Lotusblume" Op.13 No.6
R Schumann "Widmung" from "Myrthen" Op.25, "Mondnacht" from "Liederkreis"Op.39
Brahms "Liebestreu" Op.3 No.1, "Minnelied" Op.71 No.5
Brahms "Zwei Gesänge" Op.91 - “Gestillte Sehnsucht”, “Geistliches Wiegenlied”
Catrin Johnsson (mezzo soprano), Edith Salzmann (cello), Rachel Fuller (piano)
Beethoven Piano Trio Op.1 No.3 in C minor
Dvorak "Dumky" Trio Op. 90 No. 4 in E minor
Lara Hall (violin), James Tennant (cello), Katherine Austin (piano)
NZ Barok is New Zealand’s only baroque orchestra. Comprising leading baroque specialists from all over New Zealand, NZ Barok performs using instruments and playing styles of the period, breathing fresh life and vitality into baroque and classical masterpieces and lesser-known musical treasures from the 18th century.
The orchestra’s name pays tribute to the continuing Dutch-New Zealand connection in the early music scene from the 1970s until the present day.
The players from NZ Barok also form smaller ensembles to perform chamber music from the baroque and classical periods. Graham McPhail and Miranda Hutton, baroque violinists and co-artistic directors of the ensemble are joined by Alison Salmons on the baroque viola, co-founder Helen Brinkman on the baroque cello and Sally Tibbles on the historical flute.
Catrin Johnsson, mezzo soprano, was born in Sweden and trained at the Royal University College of Music, Stockholm and the Royal Academy of Music, London. Awards include the prestigious Christina Nilsson Award. She has worked as a principal artist for companies such as English National Opera and Opera Holland Park and in 2016 Catrin made her debut for NZ Opera in their production of the The Magic Flute as Second Lady. In concert she has performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and St John's, Smith Square in London. Catrin is a Performance Teacher in Voice at the University of Auckland, is vocal consultant for Voices NZ Chamber Choir and the Auckland Chamber Choir, Co-director of the New Zealand Singing School and was the 2017 National Adjudicator for the IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition. Catrin is also an accomplished organist who began her professional career at the age of 15 years.
Rachel Fuller studied at the University of Canterbury with Diedre Irons; and went on to gain her Masters in Piano Accompaniment from the Royal Academy of Music. As an experienced vocal accompanist, répétiteur and coach, Rachel has worked at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as well as Opera Kristiansund and Opera Nordfjord in Norway, and with British opera companies including Diva Opera, Opera della Luna and London Opera Players. She has accompanied some of the world’s finest singers including tenor Keith Lewis. She has been a regular accompanist for the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation and is currently vocal coach for their Young Artist Programme. Rachel is Co-Director of the New Zealand Singing School. Rachel is also a highly sought-after chamber musician and has recently collaborated with cellist Ramón Jaffé, violinist Leo Phillips and cellist Edith Salzmann.
A student of Janos Starker, German cellist Edith Salzmann is in high demand internationally as a teacher, soloist, and chamber musician. She is a Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Auckland and the artistic director of the Pettman National Junior Academy, the Pettman Open Chamber Music Programme and the International Akaroa Music Festival. She has been a member of many major ensembles and has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician in venues such as the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, the Barbican, the Lincoln Centre New York, the Munich Philharmonic Hall and others. She has recorded for the Stradivarius, EMI and Atoll labels, and has given masterclasses in countries across the globe.
New Zealand Chamber Soloists
The New Zealand Chamber Soloists was formed in 2006 by three of New Zealand’s leading solo and chamber musicians, pianist Katherine Austin, violinist Lara Hall, and cellist James Tennant. Currently in residence at the University of Waikato Conservatorium of Music, the NZCS has undertaken four national tours under the auspices of Chamber Music New Zealand, and a number of tours in Europe and the USA, as well as performing in China, Singapore, South America and Australia. In 2012 they gave the world premiere of two works written for them by John Psathas, Corybas and Aegean, in the Casa dei Mezzo summer music festival in Crete, as well as performing in Italy’s Festival Pontino and at four concerts in Greece’s Festival of the Aegean. Further tours to U.K. and Europe in 2015 were received with invitations to return which they did in 2016, and an invitation to perform Beethoven’s Triple Concerto in Mexico resulted from this. They have given chamber music masterclasses at the Yong Siew Toh Academy of Music in Singapore, the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, the Australian National Academy of Music (Melbourne), the Yehudi Menuhin School (U.K.), Monash University (Melbourne) and the Vicenza Conservatory of Music (Italy). For 2018 they have been invited give a concert and masterclasses at the Birmingham Conservatory of Music (UK).
Individually, the members of the group have performed concertos in over twelve countries and have had many works written for them by New Zealand’s leading composers. The group has released two CDs of New Zealand works, Ahi (2008), and Corybas (2014), and a CD of trios by Rachmaninoff, Babajanian and Shostakovich entitled Elegy (2010), to international critical acclaim. Corybas features the complete piano chamber works of NZ-Greek composer John Psathas. In addition to their active performing and recording schedule, the group members are highly regarded as teachers at the University of Waikato Conservatorium of Music, where their students have repeatedly enjoyed success in national and international solo, concerto and chamber music competitions over recent years.
Festival Artistic Director – Simeon Broom
For bookings please phone us on 09 638 8526 or email us.
The festival seed was sown when Mt Eden violinist Simeon Broom approached Eden Arts with his long held dream of holding a local chamber music festival in the mould of the world class festivals he had encountered in Europe. He gathered professional colleagues and put together a programme of German Romantic music ("Eine Romantische Reise") which delved deep into the romantic spirit of what was one of the most exciting periods in classical music.
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.
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
AROHA STRING QUARTET
HAIHONG LIU & SIMEON BROOM – violins
ZHONGXIAN JIN – viola
ROBERT IBELL – cello
ANNA VAN DER ZEE – VIOLIN