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Auckland to Asia: New Zealand Trio takes the stage

From Auckland to Asia: the New Zealand Trio takes to the stage

Photo caption: The
New Zealand Trio from left: pianist Sarah Watkins, cellist
Ashley Brown and violinist Justine Cormack
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Photo caption: The New Zealand Trio from left: pianist Sarah Watkins, cellist Ashley Brown and violinist Justine Cormack

Media release
9 August 2006

From Auckland to Asia: the New Zealand Trio takes to the stage

The international spotlight is set to shine on the New Zealand Trio, one of the country's most acclaimed professional chamber music groups.

The New Zealand Trio, which took up residency at The University of Auckland in 2004, comprises three artists, each firmly established in their careers. Violinist Justine Cormack, cellist Ashley Brown and pianist Sarah Watkins commission works by leading New Zealand composers and focus on broadening the community's interest in and appreciation for classical music.

Next month, the New Zealand Trio will embark on a tour of North Asia with the university's Vice-Chancellor and other representatives. Over the course of ten days, the ensemble will give concerts to select audiences in Hong Kong, China, and Korea, where the Vice-Chancellor will attend high-level events with Asian dignitaries, government officials and key community and education leaders. The musicians are also planning to lead master classes at several prestigious music conservatories, including the Shanghai Conservatory and Central Conservatory in Beijing.

"We are delighted the New Zealand Trio is part of this important international initiative," says Dr Christopher Tremewan, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International). "The ensemble's stunning, highly-skilled performances will resonate strongly in societies which value the arts and culture so highly."

Before embarking on the international journey, the New Zealand Trio is setting its sights closer to home. On Sunday, 27 August, the ensemble will perform at the University's School of Music. Featuring the world premiere of two commissions by top Kiwi composers John Rimmer and Lyell Cresswell, the Auckland concert will also include works by Australian Ross Edwards, Chinese/American Bright Sheng, and Shostakovich.

"This vibrant showcase of contemporary music will appeal to audiences who are new to chamber music as well as to those already familiar with our work," says Sarah Watkins. "We really enjoy introducing audiences to the intriguing and often surprising sounds of classical music."

The New Zealand Trio's Auckland Concert, Sunday, 27 August at 5pm, at the School of Music's Music Theatre (6 Symonds Street). Price: $30 Adult, $20 Seniors, $10 Students, $65 Family (2 Adults, 2 children). Book at Ticketmaster


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