Alexander Gavrylyuk – Piano

Sunday 3rd November at 2.30pm

Alexander Gavrylyuk – Piano

Alexander Gavrylyuk is, easily, the most compelling pianist of his generation. (Roger Woodward – eminent Australian pianist)


Mozart: Rondo in D Major, K485
Brahms: Rhapsody in G minor, Op 79, No 2
Brahms: Intermezzi, Op 117, Nos 2 & 3
Liszt: Étude No 6
Saint-Saens: Danse Macabre (Liszt/Horowitz)
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

How very fortunate we are to be hosting a third visit from this stunningly virtuosic pianist.

Alexander Gavrylyuk’s international profile has continued to rise since he first played for us in 2014. He launched his 2017/18 season with a BBC Proms performance of Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto described as “revelatory” by The Times and “electrifying” by Limelight. Similarly acclaimed performances have followed, including with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony, Czech Philharmonic and The Hallé. The coming season includes debuts with several more internationally acclaimed orchestras.

Born in Ukraine in 1984, Alexander won First Prize and Gold Medal at the Horowitz International Piano Competition in 1999, followed by First Prize at the Hamamatsu International Competition and the coveted Gold Medal at the Arthur Rubinstein Competition.

In 2009 he made an acclaimed recording of the complete Prokofiev Concertos with Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Sydney Symphony. He has also recorded works by Rachmaninov, Schumann, Scriabin, Mussorgsky and Prokofiev. Reviewing his latest disc of works by Brahms and Liszt, Gramophone Magazine raved “this album should be in every serious collector’s library.”

Alexander’s admiring followers in Waikanae will be treated to an appealing programme including Mozart’s lively Rondo in D, some romantic Brahms, some technical fireworks by Liszt, and Mussorgsky’s mighty masterpiece – “Pictures at an Exhibition”.

This concert is generously supported by the Deane Endowment Trust

Tony Chen Lin – Piano

Tony Chen Lin – Piano

Sunday 22nd September at 2.30pm

Tony Chen Lin – Piano

“Tony Lin’s ever-spontaneous and boldly adventurous playing seems to me to have most assuredly penetrated the spirit of the composer’s most fanciful, yet deeply-felt outpourings.” (Peter Mechen, Middle C)


Gao Ping: New commission
Mozart: Fantasy and Sonata in C minor, K475/457
Janáček: Piano Sonata 1 X 1905 ‘From the Street’
Robert Schumann: Fantasie in C Major, Opus 17

Described as “as dazzling young pianist” Tony Chen Lin will bring us a programme of contrasts.

A new work by Chinese/New Zealand composer Gao Ping, leads to Mozart’s beloved Fantasy and Sonata in C minor. Czech composer Janáček’s Sonata is a moving tribute to a worker accidentally killed during a 1905 uprising in Prague. Then Clara Schumann’s brief romantic Nocturne serves as an introduction to one of Robert Schumann’s greatest works, the Fantasie in C.

Tony Chen Lin came to New Zealand from China when he was six. At fourteen he won the Christchurch Junior Concerto Competition and five years later the New Zealand National Concerto Competition. He studied at the University of Canterbury and subsequently in Singapore, Germany and Hungary. He regularly performs in New Zealand and Europe, notably at the Semaine International Piano and Chamber Music festival in Switzerland (where he has also given masterclasses and conducted) and as soloist with the Stuttgart State Orchestra as part of their “Rising Stars” Festival.

As a composer, Tony has had works played by the NZSO, Auckland Philharmonia and Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and has received numerous awards for his compositions.

His debut solo album ‘Digressions’ was released in 2018 on Rattle Records to enthusiastic reviews.

This concert is presented in association with Chamber Music New Zealand. 

Tony Chen Lin – Piano

Levansa Trio with Lev Sivkov (cello)

Sunday 18th August at 2.30pm

Levansa Trio with Lev Sivkov (cello)

“…Lev Sivkov’s cello sound has a graininess, a density, a weight. He deploys a broad spectrum of colours and emotions, he makes his instrument sing in a rare way, his intonation is never found lacking, Yes, he is a phenomenon.” (


Debussy: Sonata for violin and piano in G minor
Grieg: Andante con moto (for violin, cello & piano) in C minor
Myaskovsky:  Sonata No 2, Opus 81, for cello and piano

Beethoven: Piano Trio, Opus 97 “Archduke”

The brilliant young Russian cellist Lev Sivkov will be visiting New Zealand to play concertos with regional orchestras and while he is here will give some chamber music concerts with recently appointed Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Concertmaster Andrew Beer and the highly respected pianist Sarah Watkins. Combining their musical talents to form the Levansa Trio, they will be playing an attractive programme of works by Debussy, Grieg, Duparc and Beethoven.

Lev Sivkov has won numerous awards, most notably in 2015 when he won the prestigious Naumburg International Cello Competition, described by the New York Times as “the most prestigious of them all.”

He played his debut recital in the Weill Music Room, Carnegie Hall, in 2016. Since then he has been in demand as a recitalist and soloist and has also been appointed as Principal Cellist of the Zürich Opera.

Violinist Andrew Beer has come to New Zealand from L’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. His recent recital and chamber music appearances include Edinburgh Festival, Aspen Festival and Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall.

Sarah Watkins, well known as a member of NZTrio, has been described as a ‘national treasure’. She has enjoyed an impressive career as chamber musician, collaborative partner and recording artist.

Tony Chen Lin – Piano

Aroha String Quartet with Diedre Irons

Sunday 14th July at 2.30pm

Aroha String Quartet with Diedre Irons
“accomplished brilliance, soulfulness and sublime intensity in perfect balance and tonal unity” (The Dominion Post)


Mozart: String Quartet No 17 in Bb, K458 (‘The Hunt’
Brigid Bisley: ‘Unbound’
Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor, Opus 3

Haihong Liu, Zhongxian Jin, Konstanze Artmann, Robert Ibell (Inset: Diedre Irons)

The Aroha String Quartet is firmly established as one of this country’s finest chamber ensembles. Haihong Liu and Zhongxian Jin are original members of this quartet that was founded in 2004. Robert Ibell joined in 2009 and more recently Konstanze Artmann has joined as second violinist.

Known for their musicality and multicultural innovation the quartet presents programmes ranging from classical to avant-garde to traditional Chinese music. As well as regular tours throughout New Zealand, they have travelled overseas to participate in festivals in Austria and Australia, and to China to give concerts and masterclasses. Committed educators, they run an annual week-long chamber music course in Wellington and an equivalent week-long course in China.

For this concert they will be joined by the amazing Diedre Irons, a pianist who is much loved and admired by New Zealand audiences.

The programme opens with Mozart’s ‘Hunt’ Quartet, so nick-named because of its opening theme, a jaunty 6/8 ‘horn-call’. The Mozart, cheerful and elegant, is followed by Unbound – a work by New Zealand composer Brigid Bisley.

The second part of the concert is devoted to one of the best-loved chamber music works of all time, Brahms’ F minor Piano Quintet

Tony Chen Lin – Piano

Amici Ensemble

Sunday 16th June at 2.30pm

Amici Ensemble

Donald Armstrong (violin), Gwendolyn Fisher (viola), Andrew Joyce (cello), Oleksandr Gunchenko (double bass), Bridget Douglas (flute), Robert Orr (oboe), Patrick Barry (clarinet), Robert Weeks (bassoon) and Samuel Jacobs (French horn)

“Here was music-making of a very high order indeed and those in attendance must surely count themselves hugely privileged” – Music and Vision.


Rossini: Sonata No 1 for Wind Quartet
Piazzolla: Three Tangos for Violin and Bass
Mozart: Oboe Quartet in F Major, K 370
Spohr: Grand Nonet, Opus 3

Our annual treat from Donald Armstrong’s Amici Ensemble who never fail to intrigue and entertain with the diversity of their programmes.

In 2019 the ensemble is probably as large as it has ever been, with nine musicians, all prominent players from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

In the first half of the concert we will hear the flute, clarinet, bassoon and horn enjoying the infectious high spirits of a Rossini quartet, then the violin and bass bring a touch of South American rhythm in some delightful little tangos by Piazzolla. In the Mozart quartet we will have a chance to enjoy Robert Orr’s splendid oboe playing.

The major work on the programme is Louis Spohr’s wonderful Grand Nonet, a work that is less well known than it deserves, probably because the gathering together of nine musicians is no easy task. It was composed as the result of a request from a wealthy music lover who asked Spohr for “a nonet, made up of four strings plus flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn, to be written in such a way that each instrument would appear in its true character “. Written in 1813, it is an utterly charming work – a feast of classical and romantic magic