Sunday 13 September at 2.30pm

Wilma and Friends

“Liu’s ear for detail meant that the dappled strands of sound impulse were kept flowing and undulating – marvellous playing.” Peter Mechen – Middle C


Mahler: Piano Quartet in A minor
Schumann: Piano Quartet in Eb Major, Op 47
Strauss: Piano Quartet in C minor, Op 13

Wilma Smith has a long and warm relationship with Waikanae Music Society dating back to the early days of the New Zealand String Quartet when she was their founding leader.

When she was Concertmaster of the NZSO she brought us chamber ensembles of orchestra members and continued the same tradition when she moved to Australia to lead the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. This time she has chosen some New Zealand based musicians to perform with – particularly pianist Jian Liu. Jian, Head of Piano at the NZ School of Music has earned an international reputation as a sought-after solo pianist, chamber musician, and educator. Joining Wilma and Jian are two NZSO musicians, Andrew Joyce (cello) and Nicholas Hancox (viola).

Their programme is unashamedly romantic, opening with the charming little one-movement Mahler quartet, written when the composer was only 15 or 16 years of age. It is followed by Schumann’s much-loved Piano Quartet (possibly the most popular piano quartet in the repertoire). The second part of the concert features Richard Strauss’s greatest chamber work, his only Piano Quartet, written by a passionate young 20-year-old composer who was deeply inspired by the music of Brahms.