New Zealand Embassy Warsaw, Poland
NZTrio Impresses Music Lovers in Warsaw and Krakow
Adding to the New Zealand music fest enjoyed by Polish music lovers in September, the New Zealand Ambassador Wendy Hinton hosted a concert featuring the distinguished New Zealand contemporary music group, the NZTrio.
The NZTrio, which first got together in 2002, comprises violinist Justine Cormack, cellist Ashley Brown and pianist Sarah Atkins . The concert, which was part of the programme of the “Warsaw Autumn” International Festival of Modern Music, took place on 27 September at the Polish Music Publishing House in Warsaw. The programme included compositions “Lightbox” by Karlo Margetic and “Stapes” by Australian composer, Samuel Holloway, as well as compositions commissioned by the NZ Trio itself. These were: “Fire in the Belly” by Jack Body, “Su Xie Si Ti” by Chinese composer Gao Ping and “Subtle Dance” performed by Claire Cowan.
Following the Warsaw concert, the New Zealand Embassy in Warsaw joined forces with the Academy of Music in Krakow to host a concert by the NZTrio in Poland’s “southern capital”. The concert took place on Sunday 29 September in the Academy’s Concert Hall. As with the concert programme created two weeks earlier by Donald Maurice in Warsaw, the concerts provided Polish audiences with an opportunity to hear music created by internally successful modern New Zealand artists .The concerts, which marked the NZTrio’s Polish debut, were enthusiastically received by the critical (and spoilt for choice) Polish audiences and strong interest was expressed in a return visit by the Trio.