NZTrio is soaring into a new era, inviting some of the globe’s top violinists to join them on stages across New Zealand from August to November. Four guest violinists will bring a wealth of experience and a diversity of musical taste to NZTrio’s table
The first guest invited to perform as part of NZTrio is Natalie Lin, who’ll be playing NZTrio: Spiral in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington. Natalie is a Kiwi-born violinist currently based in Houston, TX. As Founder and Artistic Director of KINETIC, a conductorless ensemble that ‘unites the intimacy of chamber music with the force of the orchestra’, Natalie refers to herself also as an educator and arts entrepreneur.
Concertmaster or lead violinist for the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO), Andrew Beer is already well acquainted with NZTrio. Joining them to perform in Auckland’s September programme NZTrio: Exotica, Beer has been described as having a “musical gift” by the New York Times. He has played extensively throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australasia, and his performances have been broadcast on TV and radio networks worldwide.
Miranda Adams joins NZTrio in October to play the winning pieces by student composers from the NZTrio Composing Competition in Auckland and Wellington. This bi-annual competition engages young kiwi minds in classical music, and is key to NZTrio’s ethos of encouraging new and experimental works. Miranda Adams is currently Assistant Concertmaster with the APO, and interestingly, she also leads the Auckland Gamelan group in traditional Indonesian music.
In November, Manu Berkeljon brings her violin to NZTrio to wrap up the season with NZTrio: Soar in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington. Originally from the West Coast, Berkeljon, currently resides in Sweden with a position in the Dalasinfoniettan orchestra. Berkeljon has performed in symphonies across New Zealand and Australia.
Described as a ‘national treasure’ and ‘New Zealand’s most indispensable ensemble’ (William Dart, NZ Herald), NZTrio is renowned for their eclectic repertoire, outstanding talent, and warm kiwi stage presence. They smash outmoded preconceptions of classical music being ‘stuffy’ or ‘intimidating’ by presenting a fresh and approachable ethos that appeals to listeners from all walks of life.
The exciting collaborations are sure to inspire both musicians and audiences alike – a fitting finalé to the playful NZTrio 2017 programme.
Aug 13 and 15 – NZTrio: Spiral, Q Theatre, Auckland CBD, feat. Natalie Lin
Aug 21 – NZTrio: Live! High schools programme at Macleans College, East Auckland, feat. Natalie Lin
Sep 3 – NZTrio: Exotica, Nathan Homestead, South Auckland, feat. Andrew Beer
Sep 9 – NZTrio: Exotica, Mairangi Bay Art Centre, North Auckland, feat. Andrew Beer
Sep 10 – NZTrio: Exotica, Leigh Sawmill Café, Leigh, feat. Andrew Beer
Oct 20 – NZTrio 2017 Composing Competition Winners concert, School of Music, University of Auckland, CBD feat. Miranda Adams
Nov 12 and 14 – NZTrio: Soar, Q Theatre, Auckland CBD, feat. Manu Berkeljon
Aug 9 – NZTrio: Spiral, The Piano, Christchurch CBD, feat. Natalie Lin
Nov 8 – NZTrio: Soar – The Piano, Christchurch CBD, feat. Manu Berkeljon
Aug 22 – NZTrio: Spiral, City Gallery Wellington, feat. Natalie Lin
Oct 14 – NZTrio: Exotica, Kokomai Festival, Featherston, feat. Andrew Beer
Oct 15 – NZTrio 2017 Composing Competition Winners concert, NZ School of Music, Victoria University, Kelburn, feat. Miranda Adams
Nov 9 – NZTrio: Soar, City Gallery Wellington, feat. Manu Berkeljon
For programme and ticketing details see www.nztrio.com