New Zealand Chamber Soloists
SATURDAY 11 August 2018 2.30PM
THE PLAZA, KENSINGTON ST, PUTARURU
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Beethoven Trio in B flat, Op. 11
Schubert's Trio in E flat major, Op. 100
The New Zealand Chamber Soloists was formed in 2006 by three of New Zealand’s leading solo and chamber musicians, pianist Katherine Austin, violinist Lara Hall, and cellist James Tennant. Currently in residence at the University of Waikato Conservatorium of Music, the NZCS has undertaken four national tours under the auspices of Chamber Music New Zealand, and a number of tours in Europe and the USA, as well as performing in China, Singapore, South America and Australia. In 2012 they gave the world premiere of two works written for them by John Psathas, Corybas and Aegean, in the Casa dei Mezzo summer music festival in Crete, as well as performing in Italy’s prominent Festival Pontino and at four concerts in Greece’s award-winning Festival of the Aegean. Further tours to U.K. and Europe in 2015 were received with invitations to return which they did in 2016, and an invitation to perform Beethoven’s Triple Concerto in Mexico resulted from this. They have given chamber music masterclasses at the Yong Siew Toh Academy of Music in Singapore, the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, the Australian National Academy of Music (Melbourne), the Yehudi Menuhin School (U.K.), Monash University (Melbourne) and the Vicenza Conservatory of Music (Italy). For 2018/19 they have been invited by BCM Director Julian Lloyd Weber to give concert and masterclasses at the Birmingham Conservatory of Music (UK).
Individually, the members of the group have performed concertos in over twelve countries and have had many works written for them by New Zealand’s leading composers. The group has released two CDs of New Zealand works, Ahi (2008), and Corybas (2014), and a CD of trios by Rachmaninoff, Babajanian and Shostakovich entitled Elegy (2010), which received international critical acclaim. Corybas features the complete piano chamber works of NZ-Greek composer John Psathas, including his Piano Quintet with Amalia Hall (violin) and Robert Ashworth (viola). In addition to their active performing and recording schedule, the group members are highly regarded as teachers at the University of Waikato Conservatorium of Music, where their students have repeatedly enjoyed success in national and international solo, concerto and chamber music competitions over recent years.