Three born and bred kiwis, three Doctorates of Music, over a decade playing together as a seamless ensemble, and one shared vision: to champion New Zealand composition within a vast and vibrant repertoire, uniting sound and soul for people around the globe.






NZTrio Photo: John Crawford, used with permission


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Justine Cormack (violin), Ashley Brown (cello), and Sarah Watkins (piano) have captivated music-lovers throughout New Zealand, Australia, Asia, South America, the USA, Europe and Scandinavia. Recent international highlights include a jazz vs. classical collaboration at Australia’s 2015 Darwin Festival and an 8th return tour to China, celebrating the life and controversial musical voice of late kiwi composer Jack Body.

Every NZTrio performance is an intimate, dynamic and engaging ride – sometimes a gift of tranquil reflection, sometimes a wild and intense shot in the arm. This group is equally renowned for their warm kiwi personalities and authentic audience relations as they are for their daringly eclectic programmes and intimate venue choices.