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The Polka-Dot Trio

On the 20-21st of January 2018, Felicity Hanlon (oboe), Anita Austin (French horn) and myself, as the ‘Polka-dot Trio’ performed in Auckland Live: Summer in the Square’s Classical weekend, connected with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra’s Young Achievers programme.  It was a lovely opportunity to perform with friends some rarely-heard repertoire such as Kahn’s ‘Serenade’, and works for that trio combination by Reinecke and Blanc.

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Gisborne Music Competition

From 27 November to 2nd December 2017, I worked as an intern at the 2017 Gisborne International Music Competition in Gisborne, New Zealand.  It was a wonderful opportunity to experience working as a collaborative pianist in a competition setting, being mentored by Sarah Watkins of the NZ Trio, as well as Somi Kim (London) and Rosemary Barnes (Auckland).  Congratulations to all the performers, the finalists and 2017 winner Alex MacFarlane (viola).

By |December 5th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

SOMSA Recording Projects

In May and October of 2017 I participated in the University of Auckland’s School of Music Students’ Association Recording Projects.  It was a great experience collaborating with rising composers on recording their works.  Projects included Kirsten Strom (Auckland)’s ‘Vapour’; Connor Fogarty (Toowoomba, Qld)’s Six Preludes for Solo Piano and Michaela Cornelius (Auckland)’s 3 Miniatures for Piano.

By |November 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Douglas Lilburn Trust Composition Competition

On 27 October 2017, I performed as part of the ensemble for a piece by New Zealand composer Linda Dallimore, ‘Personified River: Whanganui’, which received second place in the Douglas Lilburn Trust Composition Competition.  It was a fantastic piece in its use of extended technique on all instruments, evoking the essence of the Whanganui River.  Visit here to see a video recording of the performance.

By |October 28th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments|
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    Twilight Recital / Premier of Michael Bakrnchev’s ‘Streams of Silver’

Twilight Recital / Premier of Michael Bakrnchev’s ‘Streams of Silver’

On 25 October 2017 Nicola Hayden (flute), Matthew Henry (cello) and myself performed as the USQ Alumni Trio, in the Twilight Recital Series in the University of Southern Queensland’s Arts Theatre.  The highlight of the programme was a world premiere of ‘Streams of Silver’ by composer Michael Bakrnchev commissioned to commemorate USQ’s anniversary – 50 years in higher education and 25 years as a university.

By |October 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Poulenc Sextet

In semester 2, I had the opportunity of collaborating in Poulenc’s Sextet for Piano and Winds.  Our performers included Shayne Harris (flute, Perth), Noah Rudd (oboe), Alex Eichelbaum (clarinet), Ben Hoadley (bassoon) and Anita Austin (French horn).  We were privileged to be coached by both Ben Hoadley and flautist Eric Lamb.

By |October 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Chamber music

In semester one, together with violinist Shirley Shang and violist Jamie Oemcke, I enjoyed preparing and performing selections from Bruch’s 8 Pieces for chamber music assessment.  Thankyou to Elizabeth Holowell for her insightful coaching!

By |June 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Masterclass with Kathryn Stott

On 4 May 2017, fellow University of Auckland piano students Modi Deng, Siyu Sun and I performed in a masterclass with eminent UK pianist, Kathryn Stott.  Thankyou to the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and Chamber Music New Zealand for this wonderful opportunity.

AYO / Musica Viva Chamber Players 2017

From 14-24 April 2017, I participated in Australian Youth Orchestra’s Chamber Players programme, integrated into the Musica Viva Festival, at the Conservatorium in Sydney.  Together with violinist Rachael Kwa and cellist Liam Meany, we rehearsed and performed movements from piano trios by Haydn, Dvorak and Australian composer, Ross Edwards.  It was an honour to be coached by Swedish violinist, Roger Jonsson, concertmaster of Orchestra Victoria.

By |April 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments|
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    A Tedious Brief Scene – Bottom’s Dance, by Leonie Holmes

A Tedious Brief Scene – Bottom’s Dance, by Leonie Holmes

On 7 April 2017, together with pianists Stephen De Pledge, Modi Deng and Siyu Sun, we performed a work for two pianos, eight hands by New Zealand Composer Leonie Holmes in a Gala Concert celebrating the launch of the new Graf Fortepiano at the University of Auckland’s School of Music.

By |April 8th, 2017|Auckland|0 Comments|