Pas­cal Harris plays Beethoven

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Con­cert pi­anist Pas­cal Harris is mak­ing a re­turn visit to St Andrews in the City. The pi­anist last de­lighted lo­cal au­di­ences in 2014 with two pi­ano recitals. This time, Pas­cal presents four Beethoven pi­ano sonatas – Sonata No. 4 in E-flat ma­jor, Op.7; Sonata No. 17 in D mi­nor, Op. 31/2 Tem­pest; Sonata No. 13 in E-flat ma­jor, Op. 27/1; and con­clud­ing with the Ap­pas­sion­ata, Sonata No. 23 in Fmi­nor, Op. 57.

Born in Dunedin in 1982, Pas­cal is the son of two dis­tin­guished artists Jeffrey Harris and Joanna Paul. He stud­ied pi­ano un­der Ter­ence Den­nis at the Univer­sity of Otago and grad­u­ated with a Bach­e­lor of Music (First Class Hon­ours) and a Bach­e­lor of Arts in 2005. From 2006 to 2007 he stud­ied his post­grad­u­ate Diploma in Pi­ano Per­for­mance at the Royal Col­lege of Music, Lon­don with Gor­don Fer­gus-Thomp­son.

Fas­ci­nated by Ja­panese cul­ture, Pas­cal moved to Tokyo dur­ing 2007 where he lived as a pi­anist and teacher, where he re­ceived kind ad­vice from pi­anists such as Vladimir Ashke­nazy and Jo¨rg De­mus. In 2013 he re­turned to New Zealand and has since been based in Dunedin.

In 2013 Pas­cal re­leased amuch ac­claimed de­but record­ing of Schubert’s Im­promp­tus. Since his de­but solo con­cert at theWaikanae Art Gallery in 2003 he has given con­certs through­out New Zealand, in Lon­don and Tokyo .

Ad­mis­sion to the 7.30pm St Andrews in the City Satur­day April 16 con­cert is by pro­gramme at the door.

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Pas­sion­ate about music and pho­tog­ra­phy, clas­si­cal pi­anist Pas­cal Harris re­turns to St Andrews in the City for a pro­gramme of Beethoven sonatas.

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