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Five Of The World’s Best Concert Pianists In Action

Five Of The World’s Best Concert Pianists In Action

April 4-11, 2011
Auckland Town Hall
Concert Chamber

FIVE of the world’s top concert pianists have been confirmed for a week-long music festival in Auckland in 2011.

Adopted Kiwi Tamas Vesmas and American born David Lively will travel from Paris while Hoang Pham travels from New York to join local concert pianists Diedre Irons and Stephen de Pledge in the prestigious New Zealand International Piano Festival to be held in Auckland in April.

These acclaimed artists will perform on a Steinway model D concert grand piano at the Auckland Town Hall Concert Chamber from April 4 to April 11. Tickets will go on sale in the New Year.

In addition to their solo concerts, these artists will conduct masterclasses -- an invaluable component to the festival and to musical education within New Zealand.

“Having so many seasoned professionals available in New Zealand at one time is an exciting prospect for our young artists seeking to further their education,” says organizer John Eady. “The masterclasses will provide supreme educational experience for New Zealand’s up and coming musicians.”

Hundreds of piano and music enthusiasts are expected to attend the festival that was created in 2005 by internationally acclaimed concert pianist and Steinway artist, Tamas Vesmas. His vision was to present a piano festival that would expose audiences to some of the world’s top concert pianists.

NZ International Piano Festival is proudly brought to you by the Lewis Eady Charitable Trust and Steinway & Sons.

The 2011 NZ International Piano Festival programme:

Auckland Town Hall Concert Chamber

Monday 4th April - TAMAS VESMAS
Schubert - Allegretto in C minor D.915
Six Moments Musicaux D.780
Four Impromptus D. 935
nr.1 Allegro Moderato in F minor
nr.2 Allegretto in A flat major
nr.3 Andante in B flat major
nr.4 Allegro Scherzando in F minor
Debussy - 12 Preludes, Book 1, with projections on screen of Shinya YU's artworks inspired by the Preludes.

Tuesday 5th April - HOANG PHAM
Chopin - Preludes Op.28
Schubert - Drei Klavierstucke, D.946
Liszt - Variations on a Theme by Bach, S180

Wednesday 6th April - STEPHEN DE PLEDGE
Chopin - 3 Mazurkas Op.7 nr.1,2,and 3
Brahms - Six Fantasies Op.118.
12 New Zealand Composers -The 12 Landscape Preludes

Friday 8th April - DIEDRE IRONS
Beethoven - Sonata Op. 2 #3
Chopin - Nocturnes Op. 27
Chopin - Fantasie in F minor Op. 49
Gillian Whitehead - Tumanako: Journey through an Unknown landscape Ravel - Suite "Le Tombeau de Couperin"

Monday 11th April - DAVID LIVELY
Mendelssohn - Three Caprices Op.16
Schumann - Fantasy Op.17
Chopin - 12 Etudes Op. 25

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