Stroma New Music Ensemble
Stroma is New Zealand’s largest and most flexible chamber ensemble, able to draw on over 20 players many of whom are principal players with the NZSO. Focusing on music written in the last 100 years, Stroma has been active for over a decade, performing regularly with a repertoire of fresh, cutting-edge compositions, including new works by New Zealand composers.
Stroma has solidified its place as a cultural treasure, and has been central to the development of chamber music by New Zealand composers, having commissioned and premiered over 40 new works. It has also given repeat performances to more than 30 existing NZ works.
Apart from its numerous self-presented concerts, Stroma has appeared at the New Zealand Festival of the Arts in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010 and will do so again in 2016. It has also appeared at the International Jazz Festival 2003, the Wellington Cathedral Festival 2003, the Christchurch Festival of the Arts 2005 and the Tempo and Body Festivals in 2012. Stroma toured for Chamber Music New Zealand in 2004. Guest performers have included such world-renowned musicians as Roberto Fabbriciani, Nicholas Isherwood, Richard Nunns, Madeleine Pierard, Lars Mlekusch, the Duo Stump-Linshalm, Simon Docking, Adam Page, Richard Haynes, Warren Maxwell and Pedro Carneiro.
Critics have called Stroma ‘one of the most interesting and original ensembles to have emerged recently’, describing its performances as ‘vibrant and exhilarating’, ‘stunning’ and ‘staggeringly fine’.