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Read Gainsford Piano Recital - WIPF

Read Gainsford Piano Recital - WIPF

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  • Fri 8 Jul ’16, 7:30pm – 9:30pm


The University of Auckland Music Theatre, 6 Symonds Street, Auckland CBD Show map


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Recital - Adult: $50.00
  • Recital - Gold Card: $40.00
  • Recital - Student: $20.00

Welcoming back NZ's Read Gainsford - well known to NZ audiences for his charismatic teaching style and powerful performances.

Pianist Read Gainsford has been described in the press as “the perfect combination of head, heart, and hands” and as possessing “finger-numbing virtuosity and delicately chiseled precision” yet he is also driven to pursue connections beyond the merely pianistic. Known for his insightful introductions from the stage, reaching beyond the footlights to be what a magazine profile described as “Pianist of the People” he pursues connections wherever he can find them.

From collaborating with noted oceanographers in presenting “Voice of the Whale” by George Crumb, to consulting with art historians and living artists to create a series of images to accompany performances of Messiaen’s Vingt regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus; from historical reenactments of the famous piano duel between Franz Liszt and Sigismond Thalberg of 1837, to playing Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring for live performance by a noted dance troupe, he is committed to reaching audiences in ways beyond the traditional.

Read Gainsford has also followed the standard route for a concert pianist. Born in New Zealand, he studied at the University of Auckland with New Zealand’s leading teachers, Janetta McStay and Bryan Sayer, before moving to London to work at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as a pupil of the renowned pedagogue Joan Havill. He moved to the USA to earn a doctorate from Indiana University, under professor Karen Shaw.

He has performed widely in the USA, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, as solo recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician, making successful solo debuts in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and London’s Wigmore Hall, as well as playing in the Kennedy Center, St Martin-in- the-Fields, Queen Elizabeth Hall, and others. Highlights of the last year include performing concertos with the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra in Olomouc, Czech Republic, and the Frenz ensemble in Paris, and tours across the USA including a fourth concert in Carnegie Hall.

Keen to work with other musicians, he is a founding member of Trio Solis who made their Carnegie Hall debut in May 2009; their debut recording, “Diamonds in a Haystack” was selected as Critic’s Choice in American Record Guide. He has been associated for many years with the unique chamber music center Garth Newel, and has played with many leading musicians including the Audubon and Serafin Quartets, Richard Stoltzman, Jacques Zoon, Luis Rossi, and many others.

Dedicated to the works of living composers, Gainsford was a member of Ensemble X, a contemporary music group in Ithaca, New York. He has premiered many works including the 3rd Piano Concerto by Ladislav Kubik, which he also recorded with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Brno under the baton of Alex Jimenez, and Marc Satterwhite, Five Rivers of Hades, and he has recorded Ellen Taafe Zwilich, Images for two pianos and orchestra for Naxos.

He has worked with many other composers including Steven Stucky, Chen Yi, John Psathas, Christopher Theofanidis, James Matheson, Steven Burke, Robert Paterson, Mark Wingate, Karim Al-Zand, Diego Vega. Dr. Gainsford is highly in demand as a master-class clinician and teacher and he is Professor of Piano and Coordinator of Keyboard at Florida State University.

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