Grand week for the piano
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 harbournews.co.nz and click on Latest Edition to watch a video of Michael Houstoun perform.