Trio of treats

Auckland City Harbour News - - Lifestyles -

“Among the Eg­gn­erTrio’s many strengths, two are paramount: They play as one and adopt a fresh approach to each work they tackle.” ( Ade­laide Ob­server)

Three elec­tri­fy­ing brothers, three in­ti­mate mas­ter­pieces, one in­tense night to re­mem­ber – Aus­tria’s stun­ning Eg­gner Trio re­turn to Auck­land next month per­form­ing a pro­gramme in­clud­ing New Zealand com­poser John Psathas’ Is­land Songs.

In­ter­na­tion­ally-ac­claimed and famed for their “mu­si­cally im­pas­sioned to­geth­er­ness”, the Eg­gner Trio per­forms at Auck­land Town Hall, The Edge on Tues­day, April 8, at 8pm, as part of their 10cen­tre na­tion­wide tour pre­sented by Cham­ber Mu­sic New Zealand.

The brothers from Vi­enna were au­di­ence favourites when they toured to New Zealand in 2006 and CMNZ 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 per­form con­certs and fes­ti­vals through­out Europe, North Amer­ica and Ja­pan.

In 2003 they won the 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.

The pro­gramme also in­cludes Beethoven’s Trio in E flat and Brahms’ Trio in B.

Book at Tick­etek by phon­ing 0800 TICK­ETEK or on­line at www. tick­etek.co.nz. Tick­ets: A Res $55, B Res $45, C Res $35. Stu­dent rush on the day $15 (with stu­dent ID). Ser­vice fees ap­ply.

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