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Richard Mapp and Emma Sayers: NZ International Piano Fest

When:

Sat 21 Apr 2012, 7:30pm–9:30pm

Where: Auckland Town Hall - Great Hall, 303 Queen St, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $60.00
  • Student: $20.00
  • 5 concert pass: $240.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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Listed by: SWPR Ltd

New Zealand pianists Richard Mapp and Emma Sayers open the New Zealand International Piano Festival.

The New Zealand International Piano Festival (NZIPF) features seven of the world’s top pianists performing five recitals at the Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall, THE EDGE from 21-26 April. The festival celebrates the rich textures of the piano from steamy intensity to dreamy introspection.

Richard Mapp and Emma Sayers have been working together as pianists and recitalists for nearly 10 years, and are in great demand as a duo/duet ensemble and also as soloists, accompanists, and as performers of high stature in a variety of chamber music ensembles.

These two pianists have chosen a duet/duo programme including Schubert’s Lebensstürme movement – a rarely heard but powerful sonata-piece for four hands, Poulenc’s sardonic “Duet Sonata” and three witty items by the American composer Samuel Barber.

The piano duo works in the second half are by Bartók (from Mikrokosmos), and a tightly compressed set of flamboyant variations on a Paganini theme by Polish composer Lutoslawski, written when he was hiding from Nazi occupying forces during WWII.

Two special items will be excitingly unknown for many – Ken Young’s Variations on a Prayer for piano-duet and the world premiere of Anthony Ritchie two-piano version of his Piano Concerto No.3.

Also featuring in the New Zealand International Piano Festival is Russian-Israeli pianist Boris Giltburg; Chinese-born pianist Jian Liu; sensational Russian pianist Sofya Gulyak; and Oleg Stepanov (Latvia) and Natasha Vlassenko (Russia).

As a special feature of this year’s festival, three pianists will perform concerts in Wellington and Invercargill.
The New Zealand International Piano Festival was created in 2005 by internationally acclaimed concert pianist and Steinway artist Tamas Vesmas. His vision was to present a Piano Festival that would expose audiences to some of the world’s top concert pianists. As well as the concert series, the artists also perform special dinner concerts at Mollies, and conduct masterclasses for young New Zealand pianists.

The New Zealand International Piano Festival is proudly brought to you by Lewis Eady Ltd and the Lewis Eady Charitable Trust.

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