Sunday 22 May


 “Superb music and arrangements- absolutely magical” – (Akaroa, February 2021)


Louise Farrenc: Piano Trio in E minor, Opus 45
Philippe Gaubert: Trois Aquarelles (Three Watercolours)
Lili Boulanger: D’un Matin de Printemps (On a Spring Morning)
Michio Miyagi: Haru no Umi (The Sea in Spring)
Francis Poulenc: Trio (1926)
Edson Beltrami: Fantasy for Flute, Alto Saxophone and Piano
Leonard Bernstein: West Side Story Medley (arr. Varelas)

Tomomi Johnston (saxophone), Gabriela Glapska (piano), Clare Ellis (flute)

TrioNique is a unique trio – three women, three nationalities, three saxophones, two flutes and one pianist. Since its inception in 2017, TrioNique has invited audiences to explore their intriguing sound-world through eclectic and engaging concerts delivered with characteristic flair.

Including both original works and carefully crafted arrangements, the Trio’s programming demonstrates the versatility and beauty of their unusual combination of instruments. Their programme includes some charming French compositions, a magical famous Japanese piece and some lively and colourful 20th Century music from Poulenc and Bernstein.

Clare Ellis studied flute at Auckland University. Busy as a performer and teacher, she has worked in New Zealand, Australia, Europe and China, later graduating with a Masters’ degree in flute in 2019.

Polish-born Gabriela Glapska earned a Masters’ Degree in Poland and recently has completed a doctorate at Victoria University in Wellington, twice winning the Postgraduate Scholarship for Classical Piano Performance. She now works at the NZ School of Music.

Tomomi Johnston, educated in Japan, studied classical saxophone at the University of Auckland. She performs with the Manakau Symphony Orchestra, the Auckland Chamber Orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and is President of the New Zealand Saxophone Society.