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28 February 2018 / News
American pianist Diane Walsh will be in New Zealand in March 2018 and we’re delighted to have the opportunity to perform with her in concerts for Auckland University and Chamber Music Wanganui. Diane is a former prizewinner in the Ferruccio Busoni, Van Cliburn and Salzburg Mozart competitions and highlights of her career include recitals at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
Reviews of Diane's playing have talked about her “intelligent virtuosity” as well as her “exquisite care and loving touch”. One Washington Post reviewer wrote:
“...to each work she brought not only a lovely tone and immaculate technique, but a deep sense of personal conviction”.
Our concerts with Diane in Auckland and Whanganui will feature Elgar’s magnificent Piano Quintet, written in 1918 during an intense period of chamber music writing which also produced his Violin Sonata in E minor and the String Quartet in E minor.
Diane will also be giving a series of solo piano recitals in Wellington (at the New Zealand School of Music), Marton (for the Marton Music Society) and Hamilton (at Waikato University). Her solo repertoire in Whanganui and Marton will include Debussy's Reflets dans l'Eau (Reflections in the Water) from his Images which she plays in this video, recorded in 2007 in New York...
17 October 2019 / NewsRight now, we’re in Vienna, where we’re performing TONIGHT with fellow NZ-based cellist Martin Rummel. It’s our first time performing in this chamber music haven, and the ideal opportunity to pay homage to Viennese composer Franz Schubert with his String Quintet in C Major - not to mention place music... Read More
17 October 2019 / NewsAfter a decade of service, Emeritus Professor Gary Hawke stepped down as the NZSQ Trust’s Chair earlier this month. Gary made an immense and valuable contribution to the NZSQ throughout his term and to celebrate the end of an era, we asked him to share some highlights of the past... Read More
17 October 2019 / NewsIs this marvellous Amati viola now the oldest string instrument in New Zealand? We think it might be! Hear history in action in our final concerts for 2019. Read More