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Trio of Treats in Store from Eggner Trio

Trio of Treats in Store from Eggner Trio

Vienna's stunning Eggner Trio returns to New Zealand this month performing a programme including New Zealand composer John Psathas' Island Songs.

Internationally-acclaimed and famed for their "musically impassioned togetherness", the Eggner Trio will perform in 10 centres nationwide as part of Chamber Music New Zealand's 2008 season.

The 2008 Eggner Trio tour begins in Christchurch on Tuesday 25 March with concerts in Dunedin, Invercargill, Nelson, Palmerston North, New Plymouth, Hamilton, Napier, Auckland and Wellington.

The brothers from Vienna were audience favourites when they toured to New Zealand in 2006 and Chamber Music New Zealand is thrilled to welcome them back.

"At the heart of their performance was their utterly fabulous technique. The result was that magical ability both to grasp the big picture and to concentrate on the details" – The Press

Founded in 1997, the Eggner Trio regularly performs concerts and festivals throughout Europe, North America and Japan. In 2003 they won the 2003 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition and in 2006 were nominated for the Carnegie Hall Rising Stars Project.

Mentored and tutored by Juri Smirnov (Vienna Brahms Trio) Menahem Pressler (Beaux Arts Trio), Gunter Pichler and Thomas Kakuska (Alban Berg Quartet) the brothers individually have amassed a mantelpiece full of prizes and awards. Georg Eggner plays a Joseph Gagliano violin (1779) and Florian Eggner a Carl Richter cello (1907).

At the heart of the Eggner Trio programme on their New Zealand tour is John Psathas' striking Island Songs, a piece inspired by the unique rhythms of Greek dances and especially selected by the trio for this tour.

The programme in Christchurch, Invercargill, Hamilton and Wellington also includes Mozart's Trio in G and Tchaikovsky's lushly romantic tribute to Arthur Rubinstein. Dunedin, New Plymouth, Napier, Auckland, Nelson and Palmerston North audiences experience the trio performing Beethoven's graceful Trio in E flat, while Dunedin, New Plymouth, Napier and Auckland audiences have Brahms' Trio in B, and Nelson and Palmerston North audiences will hear Alexander von Zemlinsky's Piano Trio in D minor.

Booking information is available at

Chamber Music New Zealand acknowledges major funding from Creative New Zealand.



Programme 1

Mozart: Trio in G K496

John Psathas: Island Songs

Tchaikovsky: Trio in A minor Opus 50

Programme 2

Beethoven: Trio in E flat Opus 70 No 2

John Psathas: Island Songs

Brahms: Trio in B Opus 8

Programme 3

Beethoven: Trio in E flat Opus 70 No 2

John Psathas: Island Songs

Zemlinsky: Trio in D minor Opus 3

Concert Dates

CHRISTCHURCH: Tuesday 25 March 8pm | James Hay Theatre (Programme 1)

DUNEDIN: Thursday 27 March 8pm | Glenroy Auditorium (Programme 2)

INVERCARGILL: Friday 28 March 8pm | The Victoria Room, Civic Theatre (Programme 1)

NELSON: Monday 31 March 8pm | Nelson School of Music (Programme 3)

PALMERSTON NORTH: Wednesday 2 April 8pm | Regent on Broadway (Programme 3)

NEW PLYMOUTH: Thursday 3 April 8pm | Theatre Royal, TSB Showplace (Programme 2)

HAMILTON: Saturday 5 April 8pm | WEL Energy Trust Academy of Performing Arts, University of Waikato (Programme 1)

NAPIER: Monday 7 April 8pm | Century Theatre (Programme 2)

AUCKLAND: Tuesday 8 April 8pm | Auckland Town Hall (Programme 2)

WELLINGTON: Wednesday 9 April 8pm | Wellington Town Hall (Programme 1)


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