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NZSM: Riseley-Megiddo-Liu Trio

NZSM: Riseley-Megiddo-Liu Trio

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  • Thu 1 Sep ’11, 7:30pm


St Paul's Cathedral, The Octagon, Dunedin


All Ages

Dunedin audiences have an opportunity to hear some well-loved chamber music when the newly formed piano trio from the Wellington-based New Zealand School of Music (NZSM) perform at St Paul’s Cathedral on Thursday evening.

Dr Martin Riseley, violinist and Head of Strings at NZSM is joined by Inbal Megiddo and Jian Liu, newly appointed lecturers in cello and piano respectively. The concert programme will include Beethoven’s ‘Ghost’ Piano Trio and Mendelssohn’s d minor piano trio as well as works that feature each of the performers in turn: Liszt’s ‘Mephisto Waltz’ for piano, Popper’s ‘Hungarian Rhapsody’ for cello and Ravel’s ‘Tzigane’ for violin.

“The recent arrival of both Inbal Megiddo and Jian Liu has created an opportunity for a first-class performing ensemble,” says NZSM Events Coordinator Stephen Gibbs, “and we wanted to introduce them to other centres – the trio are coming to Dunedin following similar events in Auckland and Christchurch. All three are highly experienced international performers as well as excellent teachers – they are a wonderful addition to the programmes that NZSM is able to offer to both students and audiences.”

While in Dunedin, the trio are also hosting masterclasses with a number of local high school musicians and auditions for students interested in studying these instruments at NZSM.

Martin Riseley was born and raised in Christchurch before undertaking further study at the Juilliard School in the US. He graduated from that prestigious institution with a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in 1996 and remained in the USA and Canada performing as a soloist and leader of various orchestras before returning in 2009 to take up his position at NZSM.

Inbal Megiddo is an Israeli-born American cellist, and Jian Liu a Chinese-born American pianist: both performers completed their MMA through Yale University before embarking on performance and teaching careers that have taken them all around the world.

More information abut all three performers can be found on the staff pages of the NZSM website.

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