Grand week for the pi­ano

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By JESS LEE

THE tones and style of great pi­anists will sound out from the Auck­land Town Hall from this Fri­day.

Four ac­claimed per­form­ers from Ger­many, Hun­gary, Rus­sia and New Zealand will hit the con­cert cham­ber pi­ano’s ivory keys for the New Zealand In­ter­na­tional Pi­ano Fes­ti­val.

The fes­ti­val was cre­ated in 2005 by con­cert pian­ist Ta­mas Ves­mas as the Auck­land In­ter­na­tional Pi­ano Fes­ti­val.

His vi­sion was to present a fes­ti­val that would ex­pose Auck­land au­di­ences to some of the world’s top con­cert pi­anists.

Now in its ninth year, the fes­ti­val has grown to in­clude six con­certs over seven days.

Each per­former will also con­duct a mas­ter­class for young New Zealand pi­anists to school them in their craft.

It is an event which can, and should, be en­joyed by all Auck­lan­ders no mat­ter their age or mu­si­cal taste, fes­ti­val di­rec­tor John Eady says.

Mr Eady is the fourth gen­er­a­tion of the Eady fam­ily to take over as man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of the 130-year-old mu­sic store Lewis Eady.

The Lewis Eady Char­i­ta­ble Trust now runs the fes­ti­val which Mr Eady says con­tin­ues to grow.

‘‘I love the pi­ano – it’s quite amaz­ing to lis­ten to the bel­low of the in­stru­ment. Once kids hear it they can’t help but lis­ten.’’

Mu­sic con­tin­ues through the veins Eady fam­ily.

Mr Eady was awarded a schol­ar­ship to the pres­ti­gious Royal Col­lege of Mu­sic in Lon­don where he stud­ied per­for­mance and



and to run of the teach­ing for four years be­fore tour­ing Europe as a mu­si­cian.

He took over Lewis Eady in 2001 and says it is in­spir­ing to see the trust and fes­ti­val reach younger peo­ple who would oth­er­wise not be ex­posed to this kind of mu­sic.

New Zealand’s lead­ing con­cert pian­ist Michael Hous­toun will per­form three con­certs at the fes­ti­val in Beethoven re­CY­CLE Part One, pre­sented in part­ner­ship with Cham­ber Mu­sic New Zealand.

Along­side Mr Hous­toun, Ger­man pian­ist Kon­stanze Eick­horst, Hun­gary’s Denes Var­jon and Rus­sian prodigy Ilya Rashkovski will also per­form. The fes­ti­val runs from Fri­day to April 25 at the Auck­land Town Hall Con­cert Cham­ber.


Mu­si­cal de­light: New Zealand In­ter­na­tional Pi­ano Fes­ti­val di­rec­tor John Eady is hop­ing the sounds of ac­claimed pi­anists will reach a wide au­di­ence.

Go to auck­land­c­ity har­ and click on Lat­est Edi­tion to watch a video of Michael Hous­toun per­form.

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