Rising violinist Nathan Pinkney switches to the viola for the Sunday Matinee series.
Following an exciting Globe Sunday Matinee Series violin recital by Hannah Fang, this Sunday’s performance will also be a treat for string fans.
Musica Viva Young Performers Scholarship winner, Nathan Pinkney, who has played in the Manawatu Youth Orchestra, Manawatu Sinfonia and in the NZSO National Youth Orchestra, was a semi-finalist last year in the national Performing Arts Competition PACANZ, which featured the best of young New Zealand instrumentalists.
A member of chamber group Trio Bella, Nathan has been playing violin since the age of 8, studying primarily from Kim Jin for five years till he reached 16. More recently he has been a pupil of Donald Armstrong. Attending the Adam Summer School hosted by the NZ String Quartet, as both a violin and a viola player, has played a major role in growing his passion for chamber music.
Sunday is an opportunity to hear this gifted player performa complete concert which offers something a little different. This time Nathan will be playing the viola.
He will be playing an attractive but not often heard concerto by Karl Stamitz, who was a contemporary of Mozart and Haydn. A feature of the programme will be an arrangement of music from the first act of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet ballet for viola and piano with Guy Donaldson. The programme concludes with Pablo de Sarasate’s popular, passionate and vivacious Gypsy Airs.
Admission to Sunday’s 2.30pm concert is by donation.
Violinist Nathan Pinkney features on the viola in this month’s Globe Sunday Matinee Series concert.