About the New Zealand Chamber Soloists
Since 2006, the New Zealand Chamber Soloists have undertaken a diverse spectrum of work across the fields of performance and recording, undertaking national tours under the auspices of Chamber Music New Zealand, several tours in Europe and the USA, as well as performing in China, Singapore, South America and Australia.
In 2012 the ensemble gave the world premiere of two works written for them by John Psathas, Corybas and Aegean, and the European premieres of a number of compositions written for them by NZ composers Gareth Farr, Martin Lodge, Mike Williams and David Griffiths, in the Casa dei Mezzo summer music festival in Crete. In the same tour they performed in Italy’s Festival Pontino, Rome’sTeatro de Marcello and at four concerts in Greece’s Festival of the Aegean.
The New Zealand Chamber Soloists have 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 and strings chamber works of internationally renown NZ-Greek composer John Psathas, including his piano quintet, recorded with Amalia Hall (violin) and Robert Ashworth (viola). Three of the five works on the CD were written for members of the New Zealand Chamber Soloists.