Memorial Hall, Pehi Kupa Street, Waikanae.
Sundays at 2.30pm

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Sunday 19 February at 2.30pm

Dénes Várjon – Piano

““ “It is rare to hear such jaw-dropping virtuosity placed so modestly and so
intuitively at the service of music.” (Classical Music Review)


 Beethoven:   Sonata in E Minor, Opus 90
 Schumann:   Fantasiestücke, Opus 12
 Liszt:   Schlaflos! Frage und Antwort
 Liszt:   Valse oubliée No1
 Liszt:   The Fountains at the Villa d'Este
 Bartók:   Improvisations, Opus 20
 Bartók:   Three Hungarian Folk Songs from Csík
 Bartók:   Sonatina
 Bartók:   Old Hungarian Dance Tunes
Dénes Várjon

We are grateful to the Adam Chamber Music Festival for sharing with us one of their star attractions – Hungarian pianist Dénes Várjon. Highly regarded internationally as a soloist, chamber musician, artist leader of festivals and teacher, Dénes Várjon graduated from the Franz Liszt Music Academy (where he is now a professor) in 1991. He won first prizes at the Piano Competition of Hungarian Radio, the Leó Weiner Chamber Music Competition in Budapest and at the Géza Anda Competition in Zurich.

Sought after as a chamber musician, he works regularly with such renowned partners as Steven Isserlis, Tabea Zimmermann, Kim Kashkashian, András Schiff, Heinz Holliger and Joshua Bell. As a soloist he is a frequent guest at major concert series, from New York’s Carnegie Hall to Vienna’s Konzerthaus and London’s Wigmore Hall. He also appears regularly at leading international festivals including Salzburg and Edinburgh. A recording artist with the Naxos, Capriccio and Hungaroton labels, his CDs include solo works by Berg, Janáček and Liszt, and he most recently recorded the Schumann concerto and all five Beethoven piano concertos. A tireless advocate for Hungarian music, he will include in his programme several works by Hungary’s two greatest composers, Liszt and Bartok.

Sunday 2 April at 2.30pm

Möller-Fraticelli Guitar Duo

“Their emotional playing style as well as their strong connection and stage presence
make their performances unforgettable events.” (Naxos review)


  Three pieces   Johann Kaspar Mertz
  Three Argentinian Tangos   
  Five Chinese Impressions   Johannes Möller

  Two pieces   Johann Kaspar Mertz
  Shenandoah-Fantasy   Johannes Möller
  RASA-LILA   Möller & Fraticelli

Visiting New Zealand for the first time is the duo of Swedish Johannes Möller and Argentinian Laura Fraticelli. They have performed to acclaim throughout Europe, North and South America as well as on radio and TV. In 2014 they released their first CD on the Naxos label featuring the music of early 19th Century composer Johann Kaspar Mertz. Here is what one of the critics had to say: "The playing of Johannes Möller and Laura Fraticelli is exquisite throughout. This is one of the loveliest albums I've heard in 2014, in any genre.” (American Record Guide) .

Johannes Möller has captivated audiences around the world with his charismatic performances. In 2010 he was awarded first prize in the Guitar Foundation of America Concert Artist Competition, considered to be the most prestigious guitar competition in the world. In 2017 he will take up the position of Head of Guitar Studies at the Amsterdam Conservatory. Laura Fraticelli studied in Argentina before moving to Europe to study in London and the Netherlands. She has been praised for her beautiful tone and passionate interpretations. As well as the music of Mertz, their programme will include Argentinian tangos and their own original compositions, including Johannes’ delightful Chinese Impressions, inspired by his travels through China.
Here is a short Youtube video about Johannes Moller’s China tour, with some of the music from his “Chinese Impressions” that he’ll play in Waikanae. China tour

Sunday 30th April at 2.30pm

Amici Ensemble

“A stamping, applauding audience obviously enjoyed the concert hugely...
it was a superb programme from a highly skilled group of players.” (Middle C)

  Donald Armstrong   Violin         Julia Joyce   Viola
  Andrew Thomson   Viola         Andrew Joyce   Cello
  Joan Perarnau Garriga   Double Bass         Jian Liu   Piano


  Mendelssohn:   Piano Sextet in D Major, Opus 110
  Shostakovich:   Piano Trio No 2 in E minor, Opus 67
  Schubert:   Piano Quintet in A Major, D667 (“The Trout”)

We welcome back Donald Armstrong and the Amici Ensemble, this time with one of New Zealand’s finest pianists Jian Liu, to perform a seldom-heard work by Mendelssohn, the Piano Sextet, written when the precocious composer was only 16 – the same year as his remarkable Octet. Filled with grace and charm, the sextet is almost a piano concerto with a dazzling piano part that was apparently intended to display the composer’s virtuosity. The main reason this piece is seldom performed is its unusual instrumentation – requiring two violas and a double-bass, but only one violin. Luckily, violinist Andrew Thomson is also a viola player. The obvious companion piece, using almost the same forces, is that best-loved of all chamber works, Schubert’s delightfully melodious Trout Quintet. To complement and contrast those two large-scale romantic works, will be Shostakovich’s Second Piano Trio. This was completed in 1944, at a time when Shostakovich’s life was dominated by both national and personal tragedy. 

Apart from Jian Liu who is Head of Piano Studies at the New Zealand School of Music, the members of the Amici Ensemble are all section principals of the NZSO and their leader, Donald Armstrong, is the orchestra’s long-serving Associate Concertmaster.

Saturday 27th May 2017  at  2pm & 5pm

These concerts are designed to provide local music students with stage experience, (including learning how to acknowledge applause).
The first concert at 2pm introduces junior students and at 5 pm more advanced students perform.
Entry is by donation. There is no set charge.

The standard of performance is improving year by year and these young people are among the best at their level.
We cannot know in advance just what each programme will contain, but there are always some very good pianists
and we also expect other instrumentalists or singers and some talented groups.

Sunday 11 June at 2.30pm

Zephyr Wind Ensemble with Diedre Irons

“The players immediately showed that wonderful ability to create a beautifully
blended sound ....” (The Tribune)

  Bridget Douglas   flute         Robert Orr   oboe
  Rachel Vernon   clarinet         Robert Weeks   bassoon
  Ed Allen   horn         Diedre Irons   piano


  Mozart:   Quintet for Piano and Winds
  Poulenc:   Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano
  Ibert:   Trois Pieces Breves, for wind quintet
  Poulenc:   Sextet for Piano and Winds


A concert in Waikanae by this much praised ensemble is well overdue. Made up of principal players from the NZSO, Zephyr has been described as rivalling world-famous wind ensembles. In addition to their orchestral work the members are all experienced chamber musicians, performing with groups such as Flight and the contemporary ensemble Stroma and most of them have also visited Waikanae at various times with the Amici Ensemble. Add to that the very considerable bonus of the wonderful Diedre Irons on piano, and we are in for a treat.

Their programme will open with the Mozart Quintet for Piano and Winds. After it was premiered in 1784, Mozart wrote "I consider it to be the best thing I have written in my life." Then follows a delectable selection of French music from the early years of the 20th century. The French have traditionally excelled at writing for wind ensembles and wind groups must surely be very grateful to be able to draw on such a delightful repertoire. Francis Poulenc was one of those composers and we will hear two of his most charming works. In addition, we will be treated to the joyous exuberance of Jacques Ibert's Trois pièces brèves.

Sunday 2 July at 2.30pm

Takiri Vocal Ensemble

“This group of five distinguished singers gave beautiful performances.
They all have operatic backgrounds.... scaled down for solos, duets and
quartets in the intimacy of chamber music.” (Daily Post, Rotorua)


  Schubert:   Eight Lieder from Schwanengesang
  Schubert:   Duo and Ensembles
  Faure:   Duo and Ensemble
  Ravel:   Piano Concerto arr. Roderick Williams(ensemble)
  Somervell:   Twist me a Crown of Wind Flowers (ensemble)
  Quilter:   Six Songs
  Vaughan Williams:   Silent Noon arr. Robert Tucker (ensemble)


What a privilege it will be to once again hear the glorious soaring beauty of Anna’s voice and the assured strength of Robert Tucker’s bass. The highly experienced mezzo soprano Maaike Beekman will replace Bianca Andrew who has commitments in the UK. An intriguing new member of the ensemble is tenor Cameron Barclay who spends six months of each year touring the world as one of the Ten Tenors. The Tākiri Ensemble is in fact a quintet, for pianist Kirsten Robertson (nee Simpson) plays a vital role in the partnership with her warm, ever supportive playing.

Sunday 30 July at 2.30pm

Kiwa String Quartet

“We welcome the arrival of a new highly accomplished string quartet
based in Wellington.”

  Malavika Gopal   violin
  Alan Molina   violin
  Sophia Acheson   viola
  Ken Ichinose   cello


  Beethoven:   String Quartet No 6, Opus 18
  John Adams:   John’s Book of Alleged Dances
  Gareth Farr:   Mondo Rondo
  Tchaikovsky:   Quartet No 1, Opus 11


The Kiwa Quartet was formed in 2015 by Malavika Gopal as part of a project supported by a Professional Development Grant awarded to her by the NZSO. The Quartet’s aim is to present the core masterpieces of the repertoire side by side with contemporary and ethnic music. Thus we will hear the quartets of Beethoven and Tchaikovsky alongside the music of New Zealand’s Gareth Farr and a brief taste of the American minimalist composer John Adams.

Members of the quartet have widely diverse international backgrounds. Originally from Wellington, Malavika studied in Auckland, Boston and then Switzerland with numerous successes before returning to New Zealand to join the NZSO. Alan Molina comes to us via Indiana, San Francisco and the New World Symphony, followed by the Charleston Symphony before moving to New Zealand. Cellist Ken Ichinose began his musical journey in London, followed by extensive solo and chamber performances throughout Europe and orchestral experience with the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. He is now Associate Principal Cello with the NZSO. Sophia, from Christchurch, studied in Wellington, Barcelona and the US. She is now principal violist of Orchestra Wellington while pursuing her interest in early music and chamber music.

CMNZ The Kiwa String Quartet concert is part of a Chamber Music New Zealand tour. CMNZ

Sunday 3 September at 2.30pm

Auckland Piano Trio

“Fluent and sparkling playing of a high order was given us by Xing Wang.” (Peter Mechen)

  James Jin   violin
  James sang-oh Yoo   cello
  Xing Wang   piano


  Mozart: Piano Trio No 6 in G Major, K564
  Kodály: Duo for Violin and Cello, Opus 7
  Arensky: Piano Trio No 1 in D minor, Opus 32
Auckland Piano Trio

It is a special delight when recipients of our Charitable Trust scholarships arrive on our stage as professionals. Such is the case with James Jin, raised in Wellington, a graduate of the New Zealand School of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory and now Associate Principal Second Violin with the Auckland Philharmonia. James will lead the recently formed Auckland Trio in which he is joined by pianist Xing Wang and cellist James sang-oh Yoo. Xing Wang also studied at the San Francisco Conservatory and the New Zealand School of Music where she is now working towards her PhD in piano performance. Both she and James Jin have been winners of the school’s prestigious Concerto Competition, James in 2014 and Xing Wang in 2015.

Cellist James sang-oh Yoo studied in Australia and then Germany, winning numerous prizes, performing widely as concerto soloist and chamber musician and holding leading orchestral positions in both countries. He is now Acting Sub Principal Cello with the Auckland Philharmonia. The concert will open with a Mozart Piano Trio, followed by Kodály’s rhapsodic Duo for Violin and Cello. After the interval we can enjoy the lush Russian romanticism of Arensky’s first piano trio.

CMNZ The Auckland Trio concert is part of a Chamber Music New Zealand tour. CMNZ

Sunday 24 September at 2.30pm

Wilma and Friends

“Caroline Henbest ... produces a lucid, intonationally pure line, tracing out her phrases with
intense focus and giving great pleasure through a warm, focused instrumental colour”. (The Age)

  Wilma Smith   violin
  Caroline Henbest   viola
  Alexandra Partridge   cello
  Andrew Leathwick   piano



Piano Quartet in Eb Major

  Andrew Leathwick:



Piano Quartet No 2, Opus 87


A visit back to New Zealand by Wilma Smith is always a great treat and this time she brings with her not only one of Australia’s most distinguished violists in Caroline Henbest, but two of this country’s rising young stars who are both studying at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne. They are touring throughout the country for Chamber Music New Zealand, but for Waikanae Music Society the tour has extra significance, because the two young musicians are both scholarship recipients from our Charitable Trust – pianist and composer Andrew Leathwick and cellist Alexandra Partridge who has the added distinction of having been brought up on the Kapiti Coast.

Wilma Smith is, of course, one of New Zealand’s most celebrated violinists, founding leader of the New Zealand String Quartet, former Concertmaster of the NZSO and more recently Concertmaster of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Each year she puts together different groups of musical friends she thinks might create some exciting chemistry, to perform everything from revered masterpieces to premieres of new works. For this concert, as well as the standard masterpieces by Beethoven and Dvořák, we will hear a piano quartet by Andrew that Wilma has commissioned especially for this tour.

CMNZ The Wilma and Friends concert is part of a Chamber Music New Zealand tour. CMNZ

Sunday 22 October at 2.30pm

Alexander Gavrylyuk – Piano

“The bravura passages were stunning, exhilarating feats but it was just as much in the slower,
less spectacular passages that Gavrylyuk showed his true artistry – this was phenomenal,
totally compelling playing, lucid and subtle.” (Classical Net)


  Bach/Busoni: Toccata and Fugue in D minor
  Haydn: Sonata in B Minor (XVI:32)
  Chopin: Etudes Opus 10, Nos 3, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12
  Scriabin: Sonata No 5
  Rachmaninov:  Preludes Opus 23, Nos 1, 5, & 2
  Rachmaninov:  Sonata No 2


At the end of Alexander’s May 2016 concert in Waikanae the sizeable crowd leapt to their feet in a spontaneous standing ovation and the general consensus was that this was the best ever concert in the 38 years of Waikanae Music Society. Considering the superlatives that result from every concert and recording he makes throughout the world (including regular appearances with the New York Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, LA Philharmonic) we are honoured that he wants to come back to Waikanae and immensely grateful that our friends from the Deane Endowment Trust are so eager to support his return. Here is a link to the Middle C review of his 2016 Concert. Alexander Gavrylyuk-2016

Alexander’s CDs have also earned prolific praise, for example: “... a virtuoso in the fullest sense.… he remains among an elite able to reach out far beyond mere proficiency to the musical heart... Gavrylyuk is as vivid and characterful as he is dextrous.” (Gramophone Magazine). There is little doubt that all these attributes will be found in a programme that ranges from Busoni’s virtuoso transcription of Bach’s famous organ work, through the sparkling clarity of Haydn to a generous selection of beloved Chopin Etudes and Rachmaninov Preludes, plus Scriabin’s Sonata which the composer described as “a great poem for piano” and culminating in Rachmaninov’s fiery second sonata. Not to be missed.

Alexander Gavrylyuk’s concert is generously sponsored by the Deane Endowment Trust.

Saturday 11th November, 2017 at 4pm
In this concert students at all levels perform. As with the June student concerts,
this is an opportunity for young people to develop stage experience and it helps them to have an enthusiastic audience.

The concert follows the Society’s AGM. Non-members are also most welcome. Entry is by donation. There is no set charge.

Although accurate at the time of publication, information on this web page is subject to change.
The Waikanae Music Society reserves the right to change programme content or artists without prior notice.

"These pages were last updated on September 26th, 2017"