New Zealand classical musicians, groups, events

New Zealand classical musicians, groups, singers, orchestras, events


Magazines, blogs, journals *

Music in New Zealand
A leading music magazine for composers, players, reviewers, audiences and students of contemporary music.

Chamber Music Blog

New Zealand Musician Magazine

Independent Music New Zealand
New Zealand’s voice for independent record labels and distributors


Manukau Youth Orchestra

McArthur, Marie-Adele. Official website for Marie-Adele McArthur
The New Zealand-born, American-trained soprano.

Michael Hill World Violin Competition.

Moa, Anika. The Anika Moa homepage.

Moana and the Tribe

Mp3s. Amplifier. New Zealand music on MP3.

Musica Sacra
A chamber choir of around 30 voices committed to the highest standards of choral excellence. Based in Auckland.

Music Education. New Zealand Society for Music Education.
Competitions, young composers, Arts Curriculum, Fanfare magazine, contacts, history of NZSME, research, net links.

Musician search * is a website which allows musicians to seek each other by placing free wanted or available ads. The site has full support for the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.  It is a fully automated site and has a comprehensive search facility.

SOUNZ (Centre for New Zealand Music)
Search the database for musicians and composers.


Nelson School of Music

New Zealand bands, groups, musicians, artists.
Music, discussion board, music news (from Suite 101).

New Zealand Blues Society

New Zealand International Jazz Festival

New Zealand
Music videos, MP3’s, streaming audio, latest music news, music labels, New Zealand music chat.

New Zealand Music of the 60s and 70s.
Bands, singers, songs.

New Zealand Society for Music Education

New Zealand String Quartet

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
New Zealand’s national orchestra, founded in 1946.


Opera *

New Zealand Opera

New Zealand Opera Society

New Zealand Opera News
Productions, events and competitions.

Amateur operatic and theatre societies in New Zealand.
Christchurch City Libraries

Opera in New Zealand. What’s on, programmes.


Holtr, Jared. Jared Holt, baritone.

Lewis, Keith. Keith Lewis

Lemalu, Jonathon. Jonathan Lemalu, baritone.

Leese, Anna. Anna Leese

O’Neill, Simon. Simon O’Neill,
New Zealand tenor based in New York.

Rhodes, Teddy Tahu. TeddyTahu Rhodes (bass)

Sopranos and Mezzo-Sopranos

Frances Alda

Deborah Wai Kopohe

Gina Sanders

Kiri Te Kanawa
Biography, pictures, discography, bibliography.

Kiri Te Kanawa. Wikipedia entry.

Wendy Dawn-Thompson

Orchestras : New Zealand orchestras *

See: New Zealand Orchestras

Rachmaninov – Symphony No.2 – Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra from Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra on Vimeo.

Organs *

Organ: The Reiger Pipe Organ in The Christchurch Town Hall.
Events, music, sound files, organ links and more.

New Zealand Organ Manufactory, Oamaru
The New Zealand Organ Manufactory was established in 1998 to provide owners of pipe and reed organs with quality care and maintenance at an affordable cost.Director: Dr Ron Newton.

Nicholas Grigsby
Concert Organist, Harpsichordist & Broadcaster, New Zealand.


Palmer, Juliet. Juliet Palmer,
New Zealand composer and sound artist.

Percussion *

Strike is a New Zealand percussion group. Strike have both a performance and a schools education focus.

Piano, pianists *

Kerikeri International Piano Competition

The Kerikeri competition began in 1987 as a national event, under the auspices of Kerikeri Arts. A Trust was established in 2007 to take on the responsibility of presenting New Zealand’s most recognised classical music competition for solo piano. The competition became the Kerikeri International Piano Competition in 2012 and has since gained international recognition for its quality and fine organization.

New Zealand pianists, Wikipedia entries.

New Zealand International Piano Festival (NZIPF) Auckland

Chen, John. John Chen,
winner of The Sydney International Piano Competition, 2004.

Houstoun, Michael. Michael Houstoun

Michael Houstoun’s homepage.

Irons, Diedre. Diedre Irons

Thomson, Rachael. Rachel Thomson

Pop, rock, punk music *

Simon Grigg’s website.
A history of New Zealand bands, labels and clubs.

Elsewhere, by Graham Reid


All Things Musical

Music 101 The Wireless

NZ Top 40 Singles Chart. The Official New Zealand Music Chart

Wikipedia entries on New Zealand Pop and Rock

N Z Musician
Gig guides, directories, reviews, forums.

Don McGlashan


Lorde Official website

Neil Finn

Neil Finn Official website

Publishers : New Zealand music publishers *

Promethean Editons
Publishers of contemporary New Zealand music, and promoters and marketers of emerging and established composers, specializing particularly in percussion, instrumental and chamber music.


Ray Columbus and the Invaders

Recording studios and labels *

Contemporary music from the Pacific.

Music recording studios, recording studios, labels, manufacturers, publishers, distributors.

Eelman Records
An independent record label. While in Wellington a loose collective of bands recorded under the banner of EeLman. In a bleak post-punk world, the EeLman groups stood out for their humour and their funk.

The Sound Room music production and composition
The Sound Room Ltd (est. 2003) is based in Auckland and is run by composers/producers Tom Fox and Marshall Smith.

Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ). Music awards and scholarships.

Music research at the University of Victoria Music School.

Reviews *

New Zealand classical music performance and recording reviews, New Zealand classical music recordings and artists, New Zealand opera recordings. Peter Menchen


Rotorua Music Federation

Royal New Zealand Ballet Company
New Zealand foremost ballet company.


Sanders, Gina. Gina Sanders, soprano.

Schools of music *

Massey University Conservatorium of Music, Wellington

Massey University postgraduate music courses.

Mozart Young Academy
Mozart Young Academy is a Wellington based piano education programme that believes in the power of music to enhance young lives. Their music tuition provides a mix of technical learning, performance opportunities and a sense of achievement for their students.

Nelson School of Music

New Zealand School of Music
In 2006, Massey University and Victoria University of Wellington combined the strengths of their Conservatorium of Music and School of Music respectively, to offer students unique opportunities for the comprehensive study of music at tertiary level.

Scholarships and prizes from The New Zealand School of Music.

School of Music, Canterbury University

University of Auckland School of Music

Strike is a New Zealand percussion group. STRIKE have both a performance and a schools education focus.

University of Otago Music Department

Victoria University School of Music

Waikato University Music Department

Services, agents, bookings.
New Zealand Music Services Directory.

Setchell, Martin. Martin Setchell
Organist, composer, writer and organ curator of The Christchurch Town Hall.

Singers, Sopranos, Mezzo-Sopranos *

New Zealand female singers.
A list of entries from Wikipedia.

Jared Holt

Jonathon Lemalu

Simon O’Neill
New Zealand tenor based in New York.

Inia Te Wiata

Teddy Tahu Rhodes


Frances Alda

Anna Leese

Deborah Wai Kopohe

Gina Sanders

Kiri Te Kanawa. Biography, pictures, discography, bibliography.

Kiri Te Kanawa. Wikipedia entry.

Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation
The Foundation’s mission is to establish, build and manage a trust fund to provide financial and career support to talented young New Zealander singers and musicians. The Foundation will raise funds by soliciting donations from individuals and companies, and by staging fund-raising events. Dame Kiri has pledged her personal commitment to the establishment and ongoing support of the Foundation.


Wendy Dawn-Thompson

Tenors, New Zealand tenors

Keith Lewis

Simon O’Neill


Topp Twins


University of Auckland School of Music


Victoria University School of Music

Violin *

Kul Violin Makers
Kul violin makers and researchers.

New Zealand violinists, a list from Wikipedia

Michael Hill International Violin Competition

Wilma Smith
Wikipedia entry.


Wagner Society of New Zealand

Wikipedia entry on New Zealand music.

Woolfe, Micah. Micah Woolfe,
NZ based composer of ambient/mood music/soundscapes/lounge/new age/downtempo…Stray Theories


Young, Kenneth. One of New Zealand’s leading conductors.

Yulia. Yulia. Yulia MacLean, a winner of several singing awards.