Sunday 29 August
“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)
Debussy: Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor
Saint-Saëns: Piano Trio No 2 in E minor, Op 92
Brahms: Piano Trio No 1 in B, Op 8 (revised version)
Laurence Matheson (piano), Wilma Smith (violin), Matthias Balzat (cello)
Well-known violinist Wilma Smith, a favourite with Waikanae audiences, enjoys nurturing young talent. This new group has really got her excited: “it’s a gorgeous new piano trio that has turned out to be so magical”. One of Australia’s outstanding young pianists, Laurence Matheson is in great demand as a soloist and chamber musician. He studied at the Australian National Academy of Music as one of their youngest-ever students and became a Fellow of the Academy in 2016, winning the Directors’ Prize. He appears as soloist with most Australian orchestras and has given recitals at the Melbourne Recital Centre and Sydney Opera House.
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. Don’t miss this dynamic trio playing music by Debussy, Saint-Saëns and Brahms.