The New Zealand Chamber Soloists have been performing regularly throughout New Zealand and overseas since 2006. The core group is the piano trio combining the talents of Katherine Austin (piano), Lara Hall (violin), and James Tennant (cello). They have welcomed many other renowned New Zealand musicians and composers under the New Zealand Chamber Soloists’ banner.
The group is dedicated to presenting classical music as a spontaneous and vivid experience, in which the audience and performers are connected through the universal language of music. Since its inception, the New Zealand Chamber Soloists have celebrated the unique voice of New Zealand's new generation of composers, alongside the works of the classical and 20th century traditions. The group has brought a unique blend of virtuosity, colour and a full-on, spontaneous energy to music old and new.
As lecturers at the University of Waikato Conservatorium of Music, the New Zealand Chamber Soloists are also committed to developing the next generation of musicians through a performance-rich curriculum which includes over 70 student-based concerts per year, a world-leading 'soloists specialisation' course and the regular commissioning of new New Zealand works.