Kapiti Student Musicians Concerts

Kapiti Student Musicians

Sunday 27 May 2018 – Juniors 1.30pm & Seniors 4.30pm
Sunday 11 November 2018 3:30pm

These concerts are designed to provide local music students with stage experience, including learning how to acknowledge applause.

May 2018: The first concert at 1.30pm introduces junior students and at 4.30pm more advanced students perform.

Nov 2018 3:30pm: with students’ schedules packed out with exams, a smaller combined concert.

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.


Some of our former student musicians have gone on to greater things.

Baritone Kieran Rayner has graduated from London’s Royal College
of Music International Opera School where he had generous support
from the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation.

Blythe Press (violin) is a member of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra in Norway.

From 2017 – Robin Shen and Joni Tran – the tallest and the smallest of our current
batch of talented students pose for a photo after concert 11 Nov 2017.

Michael Hill Violin Competition winner with Sydney International Piano Competition winner

Sunday 30th September at 2.30pm

Michael Hill Violin Competition winner with Sydney International Piano Competition winner

Ioana Cristina Goicea Violin
Andrey Gugnin Piano


Schubert: Rondo in B minor, D 895 (“Rondo Brilliant”)
Enescu: Sonata No 3, Op 25 (“In Romanian Folk Style”)
Brahms: Sonata No 3 in D minor, Op 108
Brahms: Scherzo in C minor, from the “FAE” Sonata

“With her explosive temperament and a mastery that could defy today’s greatest violinists, Goicea revealed nothing short of ingenuity” (Badisches Tagblatt – Baden-Baden)
“His rhythmic acuity, lightness of touch and nuanced dynamics realised both the moments of witty caprice and wistful introspection.” (The Australian)

Two of the latest rising stars in the international music scene are Romanian violinist Ioana Cristina Goicea and Russian pianist Andrey Gugnin. As well as their recent southern hemisphere triumphs they have both won numerous awards and accolades throughout the world. Ioana has won the Brahms International and the Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competitions, while Andrey has taken both the Gold Medal and the Audience Award at the XVI International Gina Bachauer Piano Competition. To hear both of these stunning young musicians together in one concert is an absolute privilege.
Their programme is certainly not lacking in passion and fireworks. Schubert’s Rondo Brilliant lives up to its title – fiery and filled with virtuosic flair. George Enescu was one of the most brilliant musical figures of the 20th Century, and Romania’s most important composer. His Opus 25 Sonata is one of his finest works and is music that is sure to be close to the heart of our Romanian violinist, filled as it is with the atmospheric melancholy of its folk-like melodies. Two works by Brahms complete the programme – the dramatic and technically challenging third sonata and, to close, the driving brilliance of the brief one movement Scherzo.

This concert is presented in association with

Tour partner

Amici Ensemble 2018, 40th Anniversary Concert

Sunday 2nd September at 2.30pm

Amici Ensemble 2018, 40th Anniversary Concert

“Salina Fisher’s quite unique voice is a force to be reckoned with
on the composing scene” (The Press, Christchurch)

Donald Armstrong violin
Malavika Gopal violin
Sam Burstin viola
Ken Ichinose cello
Bridget Douglas flute
Patrick Barry clarinet
Carolyn Mills harp


Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A, K581
Salina Fisher Commission: (string quartet, flute, clarinet and harp) “Coastlines”
Mozart: Flute Quartet in D, K285
Debussy: Syrinx (solo flute)
Ravel: Introduction & Allegro (string quartet, flute, clarinet and harp)

We share our important milestone of 40 years with Donald Armstrong’s Amici Ensemble, making their 25th appearance in Waikanae. This amazingly long and rewarding partnership has brought us many memorable concerts since Amici first played in Waikanae in 1989. In a delightful coincidence, Mozart’s glorious Clarinet Quintet was on that 1989 programme. We look forward to hearing it again, also Ravel’s evocative Introduction and Allegro, one of the highlights of Amici’s 2010 concert.

One of our Society’s objectives is to commission a new work from a New Zealand composer to mark each 5th anniversary. Each of these works has been premiered by Donald and his band of prominent NZSO musicians. Our 2018 commission is from a young composer who is one of this country’s most exciting new voices. Salina Fisher has won the prestigious Sounz Contemporary Award two years in a row and has been honoured with a 2017 New Generation Award from the NZ Arts Foundation. A recipient of a Waikanae Music Society Charitable Trust scholarship, Salina is currently studying at New York’s Manhattan School of Music. Her new work, “Coastlines”, which takes its inspiration from the Waikanae landscape, will be one of the highlights of a delightful programme that also includes Mozart’s sparkling Flute Quartet and Debussy’s magical Syrinx.

The 40th Anniversary Commission is supported by the Lion Foundation and Wellington Community Trust

Klara Kollektiv (violin, clarinet and piano)

Klara Kollektiv (violin, clarinet and piano)

“It is certainly commendable to hear New Zealand musicians who are brilliantly furthering their careers in other countries returning to play works composed by their fellow countrymen” (Otago Daily Times)

Anna McGregor   clarinet
Taru Kurki   piano
Manu Berkeljon   violin


Anthony Ritchie: Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano
Franck: Sonata for Violin and Piano
Brahms: Sonata No 1 in F minor for Clarinet and Piano
Khachaturian: Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano

The Klara Kollektiv is a trio formed in 2016 as an off-shoot of the Dalacarlia Clarinet Quintet who played for us in 2016. Based in Sweden, the group includes New Zealanders Anna McGregor (clarinet) and violinist Manu Berkeljon. Anna has performed with many of Sweden’s top orchestras and is currently Associate Principal Clarinet at Wermland Opera in Karlstad. Manu has played in orchestras throughout New Zealand, Australia, Sweden and England and since 2011 has been Associate Principle Second Violin in the DalaSinfoniettan. They are joined for this tour by Finnish-born pianist Taru Kurki, Head of Piano Department at the Falun Music Conservatory in Sweden. The group’s name is derived from the word klar (meaning clear) and also from the river Klara which runs past Anna’s apartment in the city of Karlstadt. Kollektiv is the Swedish spelling of the word ‘collective’.

The ensemble’s programme reflects the New Zealand heritage of two of the performers, with a work by one of this country’s most respected composers, Anthony Ritchie. Two major duo sonatas will follow – the famous Franck Violin Sonata and Brahms’ richly atmospheric Clarinet Sonata No 1. The concert will conclude with the colourful rhythms and exotic folk tunes of a trio by Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian.

This concert is presented in association with

Emona Piano Quintet with Michael Houstoun

Sunday 24th June at 2.30pm

Emona Piano Quintet with Michael Houstoun

“There was superlative loveliness to Sakakushev-von Bismarck’s breadth of phrasing in the reflective main theme…” (Bachtrack)

Wilma Smith Violin
Monique Lapins Violin
Gillian Ansell Viola
Eliah Sakakushev-von Bismarck Cello
Michael Houstoun Piano


Dohnányi: Piano Quintet No 1, Op 1
Puccini: Crisantemi (String Quartet)
Dvořák: Piano Quintet in A, Op 81

A fabulous concert of Romantic favourites with an impressive line-up of fabulous New Zealand musicians – this promises to be one of the highlights of our season. We have previously (in 2014) enjoyed a concert of piano trios from Wilma, Michael and Eliah, and know what a formidable combination they make. Wilma, Michael and Gillian Ansell of the NZSQ need no introduction – they are among the best-known of New Zealand’s musicians and we regularly enjoy their presence on our stage. Bulgarian-born Eliah has also played for us twice. Until recently the Principal Cello of the Auckland Philharmonia. Violinist Caroline von Bismarck has withdrawn from this concert for family reasons and will be replaced by Monique Lapins, second violinist of the New Zealand String Quartet.

This concert brings us a chance to hear two of the most glorious piano quintets of the late 19th century. Dvořák’s Opus 81 is one of the best-known of all piano quintets, a real favourite filled with the spirit of Czech folk music. Dohnányi, on the other hand, did not enjoy writing in the style of his Hungarian origins and his music is more in the romantic tradition of Brahms who greatly admired this lush emotional work. A peaceful interlude between these two passionate works will be provided by Puccini’s exquisite miniature for string quartet – Crisantemi (Crysanthemums).

Laetitia Grimaldi and Ammiel Bushakevitz

Sunday 20th May at 2.30pm

Laetitia Grimaldi and Ammiel Bushakevitz

“A singer who could step onto any professional stage” (Chicago Tribune)
“As sympathetic an accompanist as he is virtuosic a soloist” (Stratford Herald, UK)


Fauré: Les berceaux
Fauré: Claire de lune
Reynaldo Hahn: À Chloris
Massenet: Nuits d’Espagne
Gounod: Le premier jour de mai
Piano Solos:
Liszt: Jeux d’eaux à la Villa d’Este
Liszt: Soirée de Vienne VIII

Since her debut at Carnegie Hall in 2013, French soprano Laetitia Grimaldi has sung in many renowned halls, opera stages and festivals worldwide. Born in France, she began vocal studies with Teresa Berganza, continuing in the US at the Manhattan School of Music and the prestigious Juilliard School. Born in Israel and raised in South Africa, pianist Ammiel Bushakevitz drew international attention in 2013 as the first recipient of the newly inaugurated Richard Wagner Prize. He has received top awards at numerous competitions including the International Schubert Competition, the International Johannes Brahms Competition, and both the pianist prize and the Schubert prize at the 2013 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition. As one of the last private students of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, he was invited in 2011 by Fischer-Dieskau to accompany his masterclasses at the Universität der Künste in Berlin and at the Schwarzenberg Schubertiade in Austria.

The programme will include works by Fauré, Massenet and Gounod. The songs are settings of some of the greatest French poetry of Verlaine, Baudelaire and Victor Hugo, with translations and explanations by the artists. There will also be piano solos of Franz Liszt, including his atmospheric Jeux d’eaux à la Villa d’Este (the fountains of the Ville d’Este).