Brother and sister combine for concert
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.
Sister and brother act Melanie (violin) and Nathan Pinkney (viola).