Wallace INTERNational Piano Festival 2016
7-10 JULY


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in association with
WALLACE ARTS TRUST  |  THE UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND  |  LEWIS EADY CHARITABLE TRUST

Venue: The University of Auckland's, School of Music  |  6 Symonds Street, Auckland


FESTIVAL WRAP UP...

YOUNG CHRISTCHURCH PIANIST WINS THE SECOND WALLACE NATIONAL JUNIOR PIANO COMPETITION

 Having gained second place in the 2014 Wallace National Junior Piano Competition when only 13, Lixin Zhang was undoubtedly one to watch for this year’s competition. From 25 young pianists under the age of 18 who had auditioned by DVD, 16 were chosen to compete. Lixin’s playing of Beethoven, Chopin and Bartok confirmed his early promise, gaining him the first prize of $2000 and also the IRMT prize for the Best Performance of a Classical Sonata. Lixin is in his third year at Burnside High School where he is in the Specialist Music Programme, playing both piano and violin. He began piano lessons at the age of four with Neville Baird and has also studied with Michael Endres, Richard Mapp, and Melanie Lina. Last year he won the Irene Lassen Exhibition award from the Royal Schools of Music for his Diploma exam and is currently preparing for diplomas in both piano and violin performance.

The second prize of $1000 went to Hamilton pianist Marianna Kang and third prize of $500 to Emilly Fan from Auckland. Each of the other finalists received $200. A new $250 SOUNZ prize for the best performance of a New Zealand work went to Christina Xiao.

The Festival, held at the University of Auckland’s School of Music from 7-10 July provided a feast of piano music. The undoubted highlight was a spectacular recital from Russian/Israeli pianist Boris Giltburg at the end of an action-packed day where he had also shared his knowledge in two masterclasses. Further masterclasses were given by Albert Tiu from the Yong Siu Toh Conservatory in Singapore, Read Gainsford from Florida State University and our own Michael Houstoun, providing stimulating experiences for 16 tertiary piano students. Read Gainsford’s recital included the second book of Debussy preludes which demonstrated his mastery of the colour and character that are hallmarks of his teaching.

The festival closed with a recital from last years’ talented Wallace National Piano Competition winner, Delvan Lin. The festival recitals and finals of the competition will be broadcast on Concert FM on Sunday afternoons in August at 3pm.


Wallace International Piano Festival

The Wallace International Piano Festival (WIPF) presents recitals from international concert pianists, piano masterclasses and workshops, as well as the Wallace National Junior Piano Competition (WNJPC), open to pre-tertiary students around New Zealand.
The Festival is aimed at young pianists and piano enthusiasts on a national level, held from 7-10 July 2016 in a "camp-style" environment at The University of Auckland's, School of Music. An exciting four day event for lovers of piano music!


WALLACE NATIONAL JUNIOR PIANO COMPETITION 2016

The biennial Wallace National Junior Piano Competition gives New Zealand pre-tertiary pianists the opportunity to compete for prizes totalling over $4000.  Competitors perform a 20 minute recital programme of their choice.  At least three musical periods must be included.

Six competitors are selected by the adjudicators to compete in the Competition Final at 7pm Saturday (9 July) with results announced and prizes presented following the 5pm Sunday (10 July) recital.

PRIZES:  1st $2,000  |  2nd $1000  |  3rd $500  |  Other finalists $200
Best Performance of a Classical Sonata $500 (donated by IRMT Auckland Branch)
Best Performance of a New Zealand Composition $250 (donated by SOUNZ)

Adjudicators:  Albert Tiu  |  Read Gainsford  |  Read more >

 

FESTIVAL TIMETABLE:


Recitals

Venue: The University of Auckland's, School of Music
Thursday  |  7 July  |  7:30pm  |  Boris Giltburg (Israel)
Friday  |  8 July  |  7.30pm  |  Read Gainsford (USA/NZ)
Sunday  |  10 July  |  5:00pm  |  Delvan Lin (NZ)  |  Competition Prize Giving

 

MULTI-PASS TICKETS:

Festival Pass: $150
(for entry to all events)

Observation Pass: $60
(covers entry to all Masterclasses & Comp. Prelim. Rounds)


Recital Tickets:

Adult $50  |  Gold Card $40  |  Student $20

DOOR SALES* ACCEPTED FOR ALL EVENTS
*Subject to seating availability


Wallace National Junior Piano Competition

Venue: The University of Auckland's, School of Music
Thursday  |  7 July  |  9:30am - 5:00pm  |  Competition Rounds
Saturday  |  9 July  |  7:00pm  |  Competition Final (6 performers)

Competition Round Tickets:
Adult $15  |  Gold Card / Student $10


Competition Final Tickets:

Adult $50  |  Gold Card $40  |  Student $20


Masterclasses

Venue: The University of Auckland's, School of Music
Thursday  |  7 July  |  10:00am  |  1:30pm  |  Masterclass/Workshop
Friday  |  8 July  |  10:00am  |  1:30pm  |  Masterclass/Workshop
Saturday  |  9 July  |  10:00am  |  1:30pm  |  Masterclass/Workshop
Saturday  |  9 July  |  4:00pm  |  Masterclass for Competition Non-Finalists
Sunday  |  10 July  |  9:30am  |  Masterclass/Workshop

Venue: Lewis Eady Showroom (75 Great Sout Rd, Epsom)
Sunday  |  10 July  |  9:30am  |  Masterclass for Competition Finalists

Masterclass Tutors:
Albert Tiu  |  Read Gainsford  |  Boris Giltburg  |  Michael Houstoun

Masterclass Tickets:
Adult $15  |  Gold Card / Student $10


FREE EVENTS

Venue: The University of Auckland's, School of Music
Friday  |  8 July  |  4:30pm  |  Conversation - Albert Tiu with Martin Rummel

Venue: Lewis Eady Showroom (75 Great Sout Rd, Epsom)
Sunday  |  10 July  |  1:00pm  |  Multi-Piano Open


 

Images from the Wallace International Piano Festival 2014 (click on images to enlarge)


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