Sunday 26 September, 2:30pm
Waikanae Hall, Pehi Kupa St, Waikanae
“The passionately-sounded cello line was addressed with great feeling and beautifully-modulated tones from soloist Matthias Balzat, whose performance overall was, to put it mildly, both brilliant and commanding”. (Peter Mechen, Middle C)
Beethoven: Piano Trio No 1 in Eb Major
Ravel : Piano Trio in A minor
Beethoven: Piano Trio in Bb, Op 97 (“Archduke”)
Laurence Matheson (piano), Wilma Smith (violin), Matthias Balzat (cello)
Well-known violinist Wilma Smith, a favourite with Waikanae audiences, enjoys nurturing young talent. We’ve been looking forward to hearing her exciting new piano trio but unfortunately Covid has got in the way again. Their pianist, the outstanding young Australian Laurence Matheson, is unable to join the tour because of the current border restrictions. However, we are thrilled that Wilma has recruited none other than Michael Houstoun to fill the gap – a pretty amazing replacement!
Cellist Matthias Balzat is special to us as a recipient of our own Young Musicians’ Trust Scholarship. He entered the Performance Course of Waikato University when only 14 and the same year placed 1st equal in the National Concerto Competition. Since then: a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship, 1st Prizes in the Wallace International Cello Competition and Royal Over-Seas League Chamber Music Competition. In 2017 he won the National Concerto Competition again. He has completed his Honours degree, won scholarships to the Aspen Festival in Colorado and has embarked on his Masters studies in Germany.
The change of pianist has also meant a change of programme. We will now be hearing trios by Beethoven, his first and his last (the Archduke) and in between the colourful Trio in A Minor by Ravel.