The CMNZ Foundation is a charitable trust established in 1976 to assist Chamber Music New Zealand in its mission of nurturing a love and understanding of music throughout Aotearoa, fostering live music by solo performers and small ensembles, and supporting New Zealand performers and composers.
For over seventy years, Chamber Music New Zealand has inspired, consoled and delighted New Zealanders through live music. It has also been deeply involved in music education, notably through the nationwide secondary-schools chamber music competition established in 1965.
The Foundation contributes to the development and sustainability of these activities. Our work is entirely dependent on the generosity of our donors to whom we are enormously grateful.
Income from the Foundation’s growing endowment fund assists Chamber Music New Zealand’s artistic programmes, community outreach, education and the development of our musicians.
Examples include the Foundation providing:
- Artist fees for regional concerts
- Travel scholarships for district rounds of the NZCT Chamber Music Contest
- Professional development for CMNZ staff
- Prizes and awards
The Foundation gives security in forward planning to Chamber Music New Zealand thus facilitating creative projects and important education and outreach programmes. The Foundation allows CMNZ to commit to a future with live music by great artists (our own and international stars) presented throughout Aotearoa, and with our composers and emerging artists having opportunities they deserve.
The Foundation is grateful for donations of any kind. These are critical in enabling special projects. We also need to ensure the longevity of chamber music in New Zealand. Bequests play an increasingly important role in providing for such a future.
Together we can ensure that Chamber Music New Zealand continues to make a vital contribution for generations to come.
In 2021, the CMNZ Foundation are excited to be National Touring Partner of Another Night in Vienna from 4 – 18 December, presented in 10 centres throughout New Zealand.
Another Night in Vienna brings together the Amici Ensemble with recent Contest winners from the string quartet Ravelation. Thus, some of our most established players will be mentoring – and making great music with – several highly talented emerging artists. As the title suggests, Another Night in Vienna features masterworks from a city famed for its musical tradition.
Peter Walls - Chair
Peter Walls (ONZM) is a conductor, musicologist and arts consultant. He has published widely on historical performance practice (one of his books winning an award from the British Academy). He has been Music Director of Opus Orchestra, The Tudor Consort and Nota Bene Chamber Choirs. He has conducted numerous operas including, in 2020, Handel’s Semele. A Chartered Member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors, Peter is a former Pro Chancellor of Victoria University. He currently Chairs the board of the Lilburn Residence Trust. He is Emeritus Professor of Music at Victoria University of Wellington and was awarded the ONZM for services to Music in 2012.
Rae de Lisle
Rae de Lisle is Associate Professor of Piano at the University of Auckland. Her teaching has produced many of New Zealand’s most prominent young pianists. She is also internationally recognised for her research into musicians’ health and for her interactive book Fit 4 Piano. She is Artistic Director of the Lewis Eady National Piano Competition and Festival and has served on juries for many international piano competitions. She has received the Marie Vandewart Award for outstanding service and commitment to fostering the love of chamber music in New Zealand. She was awarded the MNZM in 2015 for Services to Music.
Graeme Mitchell is a former Audit and Assurance Partner at Deloitte and Director at Cigna Insurance New Zealand.
Prior to retiring, he was Chair of the Audit Committee for the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Social Development and deputy chair of the National Provident Fund board of trustees. He is now engaged in governance activities as a director, trustee or independent member of a number of entities.