Renowned Kiwi violinist embarks on new path
A stalwart Auckland 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.’’
The Ponsonby resident was a founding member of NZTrio in 2002. The group had gone on to become an integral part of New Zealand’s chamber music scene.
Cormack’s orchestral career also included a stint as 1st Violinist in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, which culminated in her position as Concertmaster of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.
She has also taught violin at Wellington’s Victoria University and held a position as violin lecturer at The University of Auckland.
NZTrio is best known for incorporating many New Zealand compositions into its work and has played around the world including Indonesia, Turkey, Cambodia and China.
Cormack even said she’s lost count of how many times they’ve played in China.
‘‘It’s been amazing to play New Zealand music overseas, we really feel like we’re cultural ambassadors for the country,’’ she said.
‘‘One of our very conscious ideas is that our neighbourhood beyond New Zealand is Asia Pacific.’’
‘‘We have seen that as a really valuable neighbourhood to cultivate.’’
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.
‘‘I have always hoped and believed that the trio would live beyond me and beyond all three of us.
‘‘It’s something that will continue on because I think it fulfills a really valuable role in New Zealand.’’
NZTrio would now conduct a worldwide search for a replacement for Cormack.
Cormack will perform with NZTrio for the last time on May 21 and 23 at the Loft in the Q Theatre.
Violinist Justine Cormack (right) believes NZTrio is in a good place for her to move on.