Mayor’s Music Matinee


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Mayor’s Music Matinee

Date: Friday 14 July
Time: 1.00pm
Location: Creative Waikato
Cost: Free Entry

Held on the second Friday of each month, the Mayor’s Music Matinee series showcases the best performers from the University of Waikato’s Conservatorium of Music

July’s concert will feature The New Zealand Chamber Soloists – James Tennant (cello), Katherine Austin (piano) and Amalia Hall (violin)

The programme will include


Trio No. 3 in C minor, Op 1 No 3 – Beethoven

i. Allegro con brio

Notturno in B flat major, Op 148 – Schubert

Trio in E minor, Op 90 “Dumky” - Dvořák


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 Festival Pontino and at four concerts in Greece’s 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.) and the Vicenza Conservatory of Music (Italy). The Director of the Birmingham Conservatoire (UK), .Julian Lloyd Weber, has invited them to give concert and masterclasses at the Conservatoire early in 2018.

Individually, the members of the group have performed concertos in over fifteen 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), to international critical acclaim. Corybas features the complete piano chamber works of NZ-Greek composer John Psathas. 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.

In 2017 NZCS will again be joined by extraordinary violinist Amalia Hall, replacing her sister during Lara’s maternity leave. Amalia taught at the University of Waikato and toured NZ and Europe extensively as a member of NZCS with Katherine and James in 2014 to early 2015. Amalia’s outstanding recent successes in multiple international competitions include laureate prizes at the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition in Hannover, the International Violin Competition “Premio R. Lipizer”,  International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians, Premio Citta di Padova International Competition for Soloists and Orchestra, and Kloster Schöntal International Violin Competition. She won the Royal Overseas League Overseas Award and both 1st Prize and the overall prize at the Tunbridge Wells International Music Competition, and has received the top prize at the Jeunesses International Music Competition Dinu Lipatti; 1st Prize at the Leoš Janáček International Competition, the Postacchini International Violin Competition (and “Absolute Winner” Prize), and at age 16, the Gisborne International Music Competition; as well as many special prizes at these competitions. While still in her teens she won all of the major national awards in New Zealand including the National Concerto Competition, National Young Performer of the Year and Pettman/Royal Overseas League Arts Scholarship for a New Zealand Chamber Ensemble.

James and Katherine are thrilled to welcome Amalia back into the NZCS fold for these concerts which take them to parts of New Zealand and Australia in March and back to Europe early in 2018.

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