Pi­anist re­turns

An­drew Atkins to play at the Globe Theatre.


For two decades, monthly Sun­day af­ter­noon con­certs have been a cel­e­brated part of Manawatu’s live clas­si­cal mu­sic scene. This year things are chang­ing. Con­venor, Guy Don­ald­son says the pop­u­lar­ity of pro­grammes in Te Manawa Art Gallery meant that au­di­ence num­bers of­ten ex­ceeded the avail­able space.

From this Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 21, the se­ries moves next door to the Globe Theatre which can ac­com­mo­date 200 pa­trons in tiered seat­ing, with Stein­way avail­able.

‘‘The first per­former in the se­ries is An­drew Atkins, who I am proud to say is a for­mer stu­dent of mine,’’ Guy says.The fifth year NZSM stu­dent is com­plet­ing an MMA in Clas­si­cal Per­for­mance Pi­ano, study­ing un­der Jian Liu and Richard Mapp. In 2013 An­drew per­formed Beethoven’s se­cond pi­ano con­cert with the Manawatu Sin­fo­nia. and gave a solo recital in the Lewis Eady Emerg­ing Artist’s con­cert se­ries.

The same year he was one of 16 semi-fi­nal­ists in the in­au­gu­ral Wal­lace Na­tional Pi­ano com­pe­ti­tion ad­ju­di­cated by Michael Hous­ton.

He then won the Ex­pres­sions Grand Pi­ano Trust Prize for the NZSM’s best re­turn­ing se­cond-year per­for­mance stu­dent of clas­si­cal pi­ano.

The pri­mary con­duc­tor of the Tawa Or­ches­tra since 2014 An­drew has won the Rere Beck­way Pianoforte Per­for­mance award and the Post­grad­u­ate Schol­ar­ship in Clas­si­cal Pi­ano Per­for­mance.

On Sun­day, An­drew per­forms Haydn’s Sonata, Six-In­ter­mezzi by Brahms, and Beethoven’s Waldstein sonata in C ma­jor.

En­try to the 2.30pm per­for­mance is by koha.


Open­ing act for the re-venued and re­named clas­si­cal Sun­day af­ter­noon con­cert se­ries, is home-grown pi­anist An­drew Atkins.

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