South Waikato Music Society

Trans-Tasman Piano Duo

Trans-Tasman Piano Duo

SATURDAY 7 July 2018 2.30PM


Adults $25
Members $20
Students Free
Door Sales Only


Mozart – Sonata in Bb major, K 358 (1774)
Grieg – Norwegian Dance Op. 35 No 2 (1880)
Grieg – Wedding Day at Troldhaugen
Dvorak – Slavonic Dance Op 46 No 1 (1878)
Dvorak – Slavonic Dance Op 72 No 2 (slow) (1886) Ravel – La Valse (1920)
Brahms – Hungarian Dances 1 and 5 (1869)
Debussy – En Bateau, Ballet, (from Petite Suite, 1904) Della Joio – Stage Parody No 4, The Dancer
Arthur Benjamin – Jamaican Rumba (1938)
Piazzolla – Invierno Porteño (Tango)
Tchaikovsky – Waltz of the Flowers (Nutcracker, 1892)


Glenn Riddle

Melbourne-born pianist Glenn Riddle studied at the University of Melbourne, Royal College of Music, London and Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Vienna. Currently Lecturer in Keyboard at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, he is Federal Examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board and is also a Research Associate at the University of Waikato.

Recordings include 10 pedagogical CDs for Hal Leonard Publishing, a DVD Classical Destinations III (performing the works of Australian composer Percy Grainger), and a CD of recent Australian works The Sky is Melting with Marianne Rothschild (violin). Glenn continues to perform widely and his concerts have taken him to the USA, Europe, South-East Asia, and throughout Australia. He is heard frequently on ABC FM as soloist, chamber musician and conductor, has performed for ABC Television’s 7:30 Report, and recorded with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for ABC Classics. His publications include editing 12 volumes of piano music for the AMEB.

A much sought-after lecturer, adjudicator and pedagogue, Glenn has worked extensively throughout Europe, Asia, USA, Australia and New Zealand presenting recitals, workshops, masterclasses, examining and competition juror. One of Australia’s leading piano pedagogues, Glenn Riddle’s students have won prizes in international competitions in Europe, USA, South-East Asia and Australia.

Katherine Austin

Head of Piano Studies for the University of Waikato Conservatorium of Music, Katherine Austin is one of New Zealand’s leading pianists and performs regularly as concerto soloist, chamber musician, and solo recitalist, touring frequently for Chamber Music New Zealand, and broadcasting regularly on Radio New Zealand Concert. Pianist of the Tennant-Austin Duo for the past 21 years, her work with the New Zealand Chamber Soloists now occupies a large portion of her performing and concert life, with regular tours to Europe, UK, Asia, North and South America, and Australia, and invitations to give master-classes in such institutions as the Yong Siew Toh Academy of Music (Singapore), the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, the Yehudi Menuhin School (UK), the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) and the Vicenza Conservatory of Music (Italy). Many works have been commissioned for the NZ Chamber Soloists from New Zealand’s leading composers. CDs include “Corybas” –the complete chamber works of John Psathas for piano with strings (3 of the 5 works written for NZ Chamber Soloists), and “Elegy” –moving elegiac piano trios by Rachmaninov, Babajanian and Shostakovich which received international acclaim.

Austin graduated Master of Music with First Class Honours in Piano Performance from Auckland University, where her teachers were Janetta McStay and Bryan Sayer. In 1982 she won both the NZ Young Performer of the Year (PACANZ) and the TVNZ/NZSO New Zealand Young Musician of the Year, playing Schumann’s Piano Concerto with the NZSO. Seven years of study and performance in London and Europe followed, included a full scholarship to the Royal College of Music London to study with renowned Russian pianist and teacher Irina Zaritskaya, as well as postgraduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In 1987,
Austin won the Top Duo Prize in the Stresa International Chamber Music Competition in Italy, performing with cellist Vincenzo Giuliani.

Austin has performed the Romantic piano concerto repertoire with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra and performs regularly as a concerto soloist with the Auckland Chamber Orchestra and the Opus Chamber Orchestra, specializing in the concertos of Mozart and Beethoven. She is also the coordinator behind the Gallagher Academy of Arts’ successful ongoing concert series and the producer for the University of Waikato Conservatorium of Music concerts in Central North Island, New Zealand.

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