Sunday 26 September,
12:30pm & 3:30pm

Because concert is restricted to 100 audience, we have arranged for two performances.  That still won’t accommodate everyone so we will ONLY  admit those with prior bookings.
Numbers restricted
No door sales, Prior booking essential
ph: 021 251 7030  or email: [email protected]

Waikanae Hall, Pehi Kupa St, Waikanae

Argyle Trio

“The passionately-sounded cello line was addressed with great feeling and beautifully-modulated tones from soloist Matthias Balzat, whose performance overall was, to put it mildly, both brilliant and commanding”. (Peter Mechen, Middle C)


Beethoven: Piano Trio No 1 in Eb Major 

Ravel : Piano Trio in A minor
Beethoven: Piano Trio in Bb, Op 97 (“Archduke”)

Laurence Matheson (piano), Wilma Smith (violin), Matthias Balzat (cello)

Well-known violinist Wilma Smith, a favourite with Waikanae audiences, enjoys nurturing young talent.  We’ve been looking forward to hearing her exciting new piano trio but unfortunately Covid has got in the way again.  Their pianist, the outstanding young Australian Laurence Matheson, is unable to join the tour because of the current border restrictions.   However, we are thrilled that Wilma has recruited none other than Michael Houstoun to fill the gap – a pretty amazing replacement!

Cellist Matthias Balzat is special to us as a recipient of our own Young Musicians’ Trust Scholarship. He entered the Performance Course of Waikato University when only 14 and the same year placed 1st equal in the National Concerto Competition. Since then: a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship, 1st Prizes in the Wallace International Cello Competition and Royal Over-Seas League Chamber Music Competition. In 2017 he won the National Concerto Competition again. He has completed his Honours degree, won scholarships to the Aspen Festival in Colorado and has embarked on his Masters studies in Germany. 

The change of pianist has also meant a change of programme.   We will now be hearing trios by Beethoven, his first and his last (the Archduke) and in between the colourful Trio in A Minor by Ravel.