Brother and sis­ter com­bine for con­cert

The Tribune (NZ) - - WHAT'S ON - RICHARD MAYS

A promis­ing 15-year-old vi­o­lin­ist teams up with her el­der vi­ola play­ing brother for this week’s Globe Sun­day Mati­nee Con­cert Se­ries.

Me­lanie Pinkney, the youngest mem­ber of a mu­si­cal Ash­hurst fam­ily, started play­ing vi­o­lin when she was 4 years old.

Con­cert Se­ries con­venor Guy Don­ald­son and pi­anist, who has en­joyed around 10 years of as­so­ci­a­tion with the fam­ily, said Pinkney’s five broth­ers have all learned stringed in­stru­ments to a high level.

‘‘They’re a very string-ori­ented fam­ily. I first be­came in­volved when their mum [Anne Pinkney] asked me to help out with a fam­ily quar­tet. Me­lanie is es­tab­lish­ing her­self as quite a gifted vi­o­lin­ist.’’

Fol­low­ing a ‘‘string’’ of per­for­mance and play­ing achieve­ments, which in­cluded com­pet­ing in the 2016 Na­tional Fi­nals of the CMNZ com­pe­ti­tion, Me­lanie re­cently qual­i­fied for en­ter­ing the Na­tional PACANZ Young Per­form­ers Award.

Brother Nathan Pinkney, a mem­ber of cham­ber group Trio Bella, has been back on se­mes­ter break from his first year Bach­e­lor of Mu­sic stud­ies at the Univer­sity of Auck­land.

‘‘His vi­ola con­cert last year made a great im­pres­sion on the au­di­ence,’’ Don­ald­son said.

The Manawatu Stan­dard re­view praised the young mu­si­cian for his per­for­mance ex­pres­sive­ness, mu­si­cal sen­si­tiv­ity and tech­ni­cal mas­tery of the in­stru­ment.

‘‘They're a very string-ori­ented fam­ily’’ Guy Don­ald­son

Don­ald­son will be pro­vid­ing the ‘‘or­ches­tra­tion’’ for the brother-sis­ter act.

‘‘Al­most all the pieces on the pro­gramme were orig­i­nally writ­ten to be ac­com­pa­nied by an orches­tra, so I will be in that role for this con­cert.’’

The pro­gramme will in­clude the rous­ing In­tro­duc­tion and Rondo Capric­cioso by Camille Saint-Saens, and Bruch’s con­certo for clar­inet and vi­ola.

‘‘The clar­inet part in this work is to be played by the vi­o­lin, and this is twhen all three of us are heard to­gether. Me­lanie will also be play­ing the slow move­ment of a Mozart vi­o­lin con­certo.’’

Don­ald­son said con­cert-go­ers will hear a num­ber of less fre­quently heard pieces in the lyri­cal ro­man­tic tra­di­tion, in­clud­ing a Pas­sacaglia for vi­o­lin and vi­ola by Jo­han Halvorsen, a close friend and com­pa­triot of Ed­vard Grieg.

Ad­mis­sion to Sun­day’s 2.30pm con­cert is by $5 do­na­tion.

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Sis­ter and brother act Me­lanie (vi­o­lin) and Nathan Pinkney (vi­ola).

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