The NZIPF 2013 - Best Festival Yet!

Last nights spectacular concert starring Russian pianist Ilya Rashkovskiy was a fitting end to what has been described by many as the ‘best festival yet’!

Living in a country so far removed from the cultural centres of Europe and America can sometimes give one a feeling of detachment and it is weeks like this that help us to bridge that divide.

Sitting amongst the ‘almost capacity’ crowd in the Concert Chamber last night one could be forgiven for imagining that we were in London, Paris or New York.

We all need to thank the NZIPF’s Artistic Director – Prof Tamas Vesmas for his sterling efforts in bringing us such talents as Michael Houstoun, Konstanze Eickhorst, Denes Varjon and Ilya Rashkovskiy who have not only kept us spellbound all week with their performances but who have also given of their time with our own emerging pianists during their masterclasses.

From the NZIPF committee I would like to thank you all for your attendance and support.

As they say ‘there is no rest for the wicked’ and we look forward to bringing you the new Wallace National Piano Competition in early July.

John Eady
LECT Chairman

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Hungarian Fire from Dénes Várjon

Auckland Town Hall, Concert Chamber . Wednesday . 24th April - 8pm

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German Precision

New Zealand International Piano Festival 2013 - Steinway Artist, KONSTANZE EICKHORST
Sunday . 21st April - 4.30pm - Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall

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New Zealand International Piano Festival 2013...

Now underway at the Auckland Town Hall, Concert Chamber.

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Introducing to the stage... SYLVIA JIANG

Emerging Artists Series

Wednesday, 27th March 2013 - 7.30pm


Bach - Tocatta BWV 911

Haydn - Sonata in C HOB 50
I. Allegro   II. Adagio   III. Allegro molto

Chopin - Ballade No. 1

Debussy - Images Book 1
I. Reflets dans I’eau   II. Hommage a Rameau   III. Mouvement

Mendelssohn - Three Pieces from Songs without Words

Liszt - Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12

Sylvia Jiang


Sylvia Jiang is a 16 year old St Cuthbert’s College student. She has been learning the piano from Mr. Qu Yong since she was four. Sylvia has won many piano competitions in New Zealand including solo, concerto and chamber whilst having also played with several orchestras. Her most recent notable achievement is being awarded the prize for the Best Performance of a Classical Work at the Indonesia Pusaka International Piano Competition in 2011, and winning the 2012 North Shore Competition Sonata Class and Margaret Doone Piano Sonata Scholarship.

Some other recent highlights include winning the Auckland Secondary Schools Piano Competition, gaining first place by playing Beethoven Second Concerto at the North Shore Performing Arts Competition, and winning the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Chamber music competition in the Auckland region. She has also attained various Scholarships such as those awarded by the Institute of Registered Music Teachers of NZ and the Dame Malvina Trust.

You can also book tickets and make a donation by phoning Lewis Eady directly on 09 524 4119.


LOCATION - Lewis Eady Showroom
75 Great South Road, Remuera

Drinks & nibbles from 7pm
Performance commences at 7.30pm

TICKETS - $30 per person / $10 per student

All proceeds go to the Lewis Eady Charitable Trust

Introducing to the stage... SUNNY CHENG

Emerging Artists Series

Wednesday, 14th November 2012 - 7.30pm

Sunny Cheng


Scriabin – Deux Morceaux Op. 57
No.1 Désir
No.2 Caresse Dansée

Schubert – Sonata in A Minor Op. 42 D 845
I Moderato
II Andante, Poco Mosso
III Scherzo – Allegro Vivace, Trio – Un Poco Più Lento
IV Rondo – Allegro Vivace

Chopin – Nocturn in Bb Minor Op.9 No.1

Brahms – Fantasien Op.116
No.1 Capriccio
No.2 Intermezzo
No.3 Capriccio
No.4 Intermezzo
No.5 Intermezzo
No.6 Intermezzo
No.7 Capriccio

Ravel – Jeux d’eau

Sunny Cheng was born in Beijing, China in 1991. She began piano lessons at the age of 9, and was forced to stop learning at the age of 12 due to demanding academic requirements. In 2007 Sunny came to New Zealand with a strong desire to return to the piano. At the age of 16, she started studying under Judith Clark. She began her Performance degree in 2010 at NZSM, studying under Diedre Irons. She currently studies with Jian Liu.

Jason Bae Debut Concert Chamber Recital

The blood red background certainly set the scene for what was to be a fiery performance by young Jason Bae.

The Lewis Eady Charitable Trust has been supporting this exciting talent since 2008 and Jason currently has a grand piano on loan from the Trust.

Last Tuesday’s recital (25th September) was a culmination of that support, a huge amount of hard work on Jason’s part as well as the wonderful input from Rae de Lisle - Jason’s teacher and mentor.

I can’t remember the last time I attended a ‘sold out’ solo piano performance at the Concert Chamber but it was a fitting recognition of the progress that Jason has made.

The programme was a ‘tour de force’ and the sort of music you play when you are 20 and have endless energy. For me the favourite was the Rachmaninov Sonata No. 2 which I had had the pleasure of hearing Boris Giltburg perform earlier in the year for the New Zealand International Piano Festival. This is a work seldom performed, so to be able to hear it twice in such a short space of time was refreshing.

I spoke to Jason before, during and after his recital and felt very proud to have been able to assist him thus far.

Well done for a masterly performance and for those of you who couldn’t get tickets (I’ve been dying to say that) the concert was recorded by Radio NZ, so will be going to air at some stage.

Post by John Eady

Sir James Wallace, Rae de Lisle, Christine Choi (Jason's mother) & John Eady pictured with Jason Bae.