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Cello & Piano - Paul Mitchell & Flavio Villani


Wed 5 Dec 2018, 7:00pm–8:30pm

Where: Lewis Eady Showroom, 75 Great South Rd, Epsom, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $33.00 ($30.00 + $3.00 fees)
  • Student: $10.00
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Listed by: Flavio Villani

A journey of music through the nations and the centuries, a dialogue between the warmth of the cello and colours of the piano: from the early sounds of Vivaldi and Beethoven, to our own NZ soundscapes in the mind of NZ composer Alex Taylor, out to the Russian boldness of Prokofiev and Martinu's Slovakian flirtation. Come along to hear this wide set of sounds in the hands of cellist Paul Mitchell and pianist Flavio Villani.


Vivaldi: Sonata 6, in B flat major RV46
Beethoven: 7 Variations on a Theme from Mozart’s “Magic Flute”
Alex Taylor: Four Little Pieces for cello and piano (2018)
Bloch: From Jewish Life
Kodaly: Romance Lyrique
Prokofiev: Sonata in C major Op119
Martinu: Variations on a Slovakian Theme


Paul Mitchell - Cello

Paul Mitchell studied cello at The University of Auckland under Coral Bognuda, later winning an Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music Scholarship. Three years of advanced study at the Royal College of Music followed, with Professors Christopher Bunting, William Pleeth and the Chilingirian String Quartet.
For the next ten years Paul lived and worked in Spain where he held principal positions with the Balearic Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestra of Cordoba, appearing as soloist in the Elgar Cello Concerto. He toured and broadcast widely with the La Havana String Quartet, playing in Festivals in Madrid, Alicante, Cordoba, Seville, Amsterdam and Bern.
Since returning to home he has worked with Orchestra Wellington, Christchurch Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia, and the NZSO. He has toured for Chamber Music New Zealand with the Helios Ensemble and Poneke Trio. In 2016 he featured as soloist in John Elmsley’s Cello Symphony with Auckland Chamber Orchestra.
Paul has a family association with Nelson going back four generations. In 1987 he played the Saint-Saens Cello Concert with Nelson Symphony Orchestra.

Flavio Villani - Piano
Flavio Villani is an Italian-born New Zealand citizen living in Auckland. He completed a Bachelor of Piano Performance with Matteo Napoli at the Conservatory ‘G.Martucci’ in conjunction with a Bachelor of IT in Salerno, Italy in 2007. After working in IT in Barcelona he was given the 
opportunity of coming to New Zealand to pursue a career in music. He moved to New Zealand in 2008 to follow his dream and in 2012 
he completed a Master in Piano Performance at the University of Auckland with first class honours under the guidance of pianist Stephen De Pledge.
The journey towards his first solo performance with an orchestra was documented in the feature length film ‘Crossing Rachmaninoff’. The film followed his preparations for, and performance of, Rachmaninoff Concerto n.2 in Calabria in 2015. After that performance he subsequently took different soloist opportunities performing Rachmaninoff Concerto n.2, Tchaikovsky Concerto n.1 and the Warsaw Concerto with the Orchestra of CalArts in Los Angeles, the New Plymouth Orchestra, the Taranaki Symphony, the Bay of Plenty Symphonia and the Auckland Symphony Orchestra.
He was absolute winner of the Northland Society Piano Competition in 2008 as well as winner of the first prize in the Llewelyn Piano Competition in both 2011 and 2012. He has performed many recitals as a soloist as well as in different chamber formations in
the US, Italy, Spain and New Zealand.
His interest in different arts collaborations and music composition led him to collaborate with different artists and media (TV, Cinema, Theatre) for the performance and creation of different original music: from theatre (“Human” with Dust Palace Company 2018, “The_Kiss” at UCOL 2012) to cinema score (“The Heart Dances” 2018, “Llueven Vacas” 2017, "Crossing Rachmaninoff" 2015) to TV (“Anchor Milk Campaign” 2016).
He was recently adjudicator of few national piano competitions in New Zealand. 
He directs the private music school L'Accademia set in the St Heliers Community Centre in Auckland through which he organises music lessons,
masterclasses and events.

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