Prized pianist to play at The Plaza
Michael Houstoun will perform at The Plaza, on August 5 at 2.30pm.
Houstoun is a concert pianist and was born and educated in Timaru.
He studied piano under Sister Mary Eulalie and Maurice Till in Dunedin and Christchurch.
Having won every New Zealand piano competition and award as a teenager, he then travelled and entered three major international competitions: Van Cliburn (1973, third place), Leeds (1975, fourth place) and Tchaikovsky (1982, sixth).
Houstoun returned to live in New Zealand in 1981 and regularly plays with New Zealand’s professional music ensembles as well as solo recitals and recording.
In the 1990s he performed and recorded the complete Beethoven sonata cycle and collaborated with Tainui Stephens on a television documentary about Franz Liszt entitled Icon in B minor.
The talented musician also received an honorary doctorate in literature from Massey University in 1999.