Saturday 22 June
Andrew Joyce/Jian Liu Duo – Cello and Piano
Donald Armstrong (violin), Andrew Thomson (viola), Malavika Gopal (violin), Andrew Joyce (cello), Alexander McFarlane (viola).
Six Studies in English Folk-Song
NZ Commission Lin Chong
Phantasiestuck in B Major, Opus 8, No 2
Sonata in F Major, Opus 9
Both of these musicians are familiar faces on our stage, but this is the first time they have performed together as a duo.
In a far-reaching programme ranging from Bach to Hindemith, they draw on their various musical and cultural heritages with works by British, Chinese and New Zealand composers before embarking on one of the giants of the cello/piano repertoire – the Brahms Sonata in F Major. The second of his two Cello Sonatas, this was written in 1886 some 20 years after the first sonata.
Before joining the NZSO as Principal Cellist in 2010, UK born Andrew Joyce played regularly with the London Symphony and London Philharmonic Orchestras as well as performing as guest principal with other prominent UK orchestras. He is also an enthusiastic chamber musician.
Jian Liu, acclaimed internationally as a pianist, chamber musician and educator, studied in China and the USA and has performed widely throughout Europe, Asia and North America. He is currently the Programme Director of Classical Performance and Head of Piano Studies at the New Zealand School of Music Te Kōki.