Renowned Kiwi vi­o­lin­ist em­barks on new path

Central Leader - - WHAT’S ON - HUGH COLLINS

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.

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