Chamber Music New Zealand appoints new CE
The Board of Chamber Music New Zealand (CMNZ) is pleased to announce that, following an extensive search, Catherine Gibson has been appointed as CMNZ’s new Chief Executive. Catherine has been CMNZ’s Artistic Manager since 2013. The Board acknowledges her contribution in that role to the international and regional concert series and a strong education and outreach programme. Board Chair, Kerrin Vautier, says “the Board welcomes Catherine to her new position in CMNZ, recognising her knowledge and experience and her enthusiasm for leading the organisation in its next phase.”
Originally from the UK, Catherine has been a prominent and dedicated figure in music performance, teaching and arts management both in the UK and New Zealand. Throughout the past two decades Catherine has focussed on strengthening music communities and enriching the musical landscape, with an emphasis on fostering young musicians. Having worked as a teacher and freelance oboist with leading orchestras and chamber music ensembles in the UK, Catherine brings a broad international perspective, as well as extensive experience in music and education throughout the country, developed through her work with Canterbury Opera, Lincoln University, Otago University, and coaching ensembles for the NZCT Chamber Music Contest.
“I am deeply committed to the arts scene in Aotearoa and chamber music is a powerful means of connecting people” Catherine says. “CMNZ has a distinguished history of presenting the very best of music and musicians, fostering New Zealand performers and composers, engaging with diverse and regional communities and nurturing the next generation of musicians and audience.”
“It has been a privilege to work alongside retiring Chief Executive, Peter Walls and championing the achievements represented by the CMNZ brand. I am thrilled to be taking on the Chief Executive role, leading our teams and volunteers all around the country and extending relationships with our stakeholders and loyal supporters. Along with a respect for the heritage of chamber music, I am excited to further develop our programmes and the arts in New Zealand.”
Catherine also looks to the broader role that chamber music can have on the community. “I believe in the potential of transformative experiences through ‘music up close’/ ‘puoro taupiri’ and envisage a future where music in Aotearoa inspires creativity and plays an essential role in well-being and connectedness.”