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28 February 2018 / News
American pianist Diane Walsh will be in New Zealand in March 2018 and we’re delighted to have the opportunity to perform with her in concerts for Auckland University and Chamber Music Wanganui. Diane is a former prizewinner in the Ferruccio Busoni, Van Cliburn and Salzburg Mozart competitions and highlights of her career include recitals at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
Reviews of Diane's playing have talked about her “intelligent virtuosity” as well as her “exquisite care and loving touch”. One Washington Post reviewer wrote:
“...to each work she brought not only a lovely tone and immaculate technique, but a deep sense of personal conviction”.
Our concerts with Diane in Auckland and Whanganui will feature Elgar’s magnificent Piano Quintet, written in 1918 during an intense period of chamber music writing which also produced his Violin Sonata in E minor and the String Quartet in E minor.
Diane will also be giving a series of solo piano recitals in Wellington (at the New Zealand School of Music), Marton (for the Marton Music Society) and Hamilton (at Waikato University). Her solo repertoire in Whanganui and Marton will include Debussy's Reflets dans l'Eau (Reflections in the Water) from his Images which she plays in this video, recorded in 2007 in New York...
17 December 2018 / NewsWe're delighted to announced the appointment of our new General Manager, Sarah Chesney. Sarah will start this month part-time and take up the role full-time at the beginning of 2019. She replaces Christine Argyle who has been enticed to return to her first musical love as CEO of the New... Read More
17 December 2018 / NewsOur 4-week US/Europe/UK tour has just ended with two all-Beethoven concerts in the UK: one in Luton, and the other in London at the historic Conway Hall. Read More
15 October 2018 / NewsThe Guarneri family, including five very famous violin-makers within three generations, is the most distinguished family of luthiers in history. Andrea Guarneri, who studied in Cremona with Nicolò Amati (the maker of Gillian’s viola), was the father of Giuseppe and Pietro, and the grandfather of two more makers - confusingly,... Read More