Saturday 20 July
Henry Wong Doe – Piano
Sonata No 21 in C Major, ‘Waldstein’
Chaconne in D minor (from Violin Partita No 2, BWV 1004)
After 15 years overseas, pianist Henry Wong Doe returns for his “Back in New Zealand Tour”. Winner of two international competitions (Arthur Rubinstein and Sydney), Henry has been very busy during his absence: concerts with many elite orchestras including the Israel Philharmonic, collaborations with numerous prominent musicians at venues such as Carnegie Hall and St Martin-in-the-Fields, multiple recordings and, as an educator as well as performer, holding the position of Professor of Piano Studies at Indiana University.
Henry has recently received a Creative New Zealand grant to commission and record six new works by New Zealand composers, under the title of ‘Perspectives’. One of those pieces will open the concert before we are treated to Beethoven’s magnificent masterpiece, the ‘Waldstein’ Sonata.
The second half of the concert is filled with drama and contrast. The spirit of Argentinian folk music is captured in Alberto Ginastera’s exciting 1952 Sonata. Then, after a brief respite offered by a selection from Debussy’s Children’s Corner Suite, the recital will conclude with the passion, excitement and drama of the magnificent Bach/Busoni Chaconne.