Vi­o­lin­ist finds new path

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A stal­wart Pon­sonby vi­o­lin­ist is hang­ing up her strings with an il­lus­tri­ous New Zealand trio.

Jus­tine Cor­mack was a found­ing mem­ber of cham­ber music group NZTrio but af­ter 15 years has said it’s time for a new chap­ter.

‘‘It feels like a good time for me to move ... the trio is in a re­ally solid place,’’ Cor­mack said.

‘‘It has a rep­u­ta­tion to at­tract peo­ple to come and take it into the next era.’’

Cor­mack’s or­ches­tral ca­reer in­cluded a stint as 1st Vi­o­lin­ist in the New Zealand Sym­phony Orches­tra, which cul­mi­nated in her po­si­tion as Con­cert­mas­ter of the Auck­land Phil­har­mo­nia Orches­tra.

NZTrio is best known for in­cor­po­rat­ing many New Zealand com­po­si­tions into its work and has played around the world.

‘‘It’s been amaz­ing to play New Zealand music over­seas, we re­ally feel like we’re cul­tural am­bas­sadors for the coun­try,’’ she said.

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Cor­mack said she doesn’t have any mu­si­cal plans af­ter NZTrio other than mov­ing with her hus­band to a prop­erty out­side of Wanaka.

‘‘I’m not re­tir­ing and I ex­pect things to de­velop within music but I don’t know ex­actly what that’s go­ing to be,’’ she said.

Cor­mack’s fi­nal per­for­mance with NZTrio will be on May 21 and 23 at the Loft at the Q Theatre.

CHRIS SKEL­TON/FAIR­FAX NZ

Vi­o­lin­ist Jus­tine Cor­mack (right) be­lieves NZTrio is in a good place for her to move on.

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