Hosted by NZSO Section Principal Trombone, David Bremner, In Conversation is an extended conversation-style interview with visiting NZSO artists. They’ll talk about their life story, their approach to music and performance, their experience with the NZSO and the music they’re performing with the Orchestra.
In Conversation is an enjoyable evening out for all lovers of music, with great conversation, a glass of Craggy Range wine and performances from members of the NZSO. Don’t miss out!
Thu, 4 April, 7.00pm
Blessed with “poetic and sensitive pianism” (Washington Post) and a “wondrous sense of color” (San Francisco Classical Voice), pianist Joyce Yang captivates audiences with her virtuosity, lyricism, and interpretive sensitivity.
In 2017, Yang received her first Grammy nomination (Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance) for her recording of Franck, Kurtág, Previn & Schumann with violinist Augustin Hadelich. She first came to international attention in 2005 when she won the silver medal at the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The youngest contestant at 19 years old, she took home two additional awards: the Steven De Groote Memorial Award for Best Performance of Chamber Music (with the Takàcs Quartet) and the Beverley Taylor Smith Award for Best Performance of a New Work.
Joyce Yang will be performing Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15 with the NZSO as part of our Enigma Tour.
Sun, 7 Jul, 7.00pm
British born conductor James Judd has amassed an extensive collection of recordings on the Naxos label, including an unprecedented number in partnership with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, where he is Music Director Emeritus.
His previous directorships include Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestre National de Lille in France and a ground-breaking 14 years as Music Director of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra. During his eight years as Music Director in New Zealand, Judd garnered acclaim for his recordings with the orchestra, including works by Copland, Bernstein, Vaughan Williams, Gershwin and many others.
James Judd returns to New Zealand to conduct the 2019 National Youth Orchestra.
Wed, 9 Oct, 7.00pm
Composer, conductor and chansonnier, HK Gruber was born in Vienna in 1943 and sang with the Vienna Boys’ Choir as a child, going on to study at the Vienna Hochschule für Musik. Gruber has performed extensively as chansonnier, most notably in Frankenstein!!, his most popular work which he premiered with Sir Simon Rattle and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in 1978 and has received more than 600 performances around the world.
Håkan Hardenberger is one of the world’s leading trumpet soloists, consistently recognized for his phenomenal performances and tireless innovation.
Alongside his performances of the classical repertory, he is also renowned as a pioneer of significant and virtuosic new trumpet works.
HK Gruber and Håkan Hardenberger both perform with and conduct the NZSO in our Frankinstein!! Concert in Wellington and Auckland.
$30 for subscribers and donors
$25 as part of a multi-ticket bundle