Sunday 30 October

New Zealand Chamber Soloists

“The players captured perfectly this tumultuousness through exquisitely balanced intonation in the opening introduction and ferociously rhythmic playing through the unison passages” – (Chalium Poppy – Tauranga 2021)

Dimitry Anatassov (Violin) Katherine Austin (piano), James Tennant (cello), Lara Hall (violin)


Mozart:              Piano Quartet No 2 in Eb Major, K493
Helen Bowater:  Fekete Folyó (Black River)
Schumann:         Piano Quartet in Eb Major, Op 47

A visit to Waikanae from the New Zealand Chamber Soloists is well overdue – they last played for us in 2010. Formed in 2006, the core group of the ensemble is a piano trio who all teach at Waikato University Conservatorium of Music as well as performing regularly throughout New Zealand and overseas. Pianist Katherine Austin and cellist James Tennant were frequent visitors to Waikanae in earlier days with various

For their rescheduled concert on October 30 they will be joined by violinist Dimitri Atanassov to form a piano quartet, with an entirely new programme.  Dimitri is a familiar name to New Zealand audiences: the Bulgarian-born violinist is a former Auckland Philharmonia concertmaster and, as a member of the Ogen Piano Trio, played in Waikanae some years ago with Katherine Austin and James Tennant.  After leaving the APO, Dimitri based himself in Cremona as a violin maker and restorer, but is back again performing with the New Zealand Chamber Soloists.

The new programme should be very popular: the piano quartets of Mozart and particularly the Schumann are among the best-loved in the repertoire.  Fekete Folyó by Helen Bowater is a piano trio, one of a planned set of seven compositions by New Zealand women composers being commissioned by New Zealand Chamber Soloists.

The New Zealand Chamber Soloists tour is part of Chamber Music New Zealand’s In Partnership Series and is supported by the Deane Endowment Trust and the Stout Trust.