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RNZ Concert interview with Albert Tiu

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New Zealand’s Classical Piano Competition Demonstrates A Healthy Asian Influence

The entry deadline for New Zealand’s only international piano competition is just one week away and already there is considerable interest from Asia. John Jackets, Competition Director for the Kerikeri International Piano Competition, says countries such as Malaysia, China, Taiwan and South Korea have always been well represented. “A high proportion of entrants are from […]

New Zealand’s only international piano competition is a United Nations of classical pianists.

Nine countries are represented among the final 15 contestants. Of those, four call Australia home, two are each from South Korea, Taiwan and New Zealand, and one each from USA, Ukraine, Canada, China and Hong Kong. Nearly half the contestants were born in the USA, are currently studying in America, have earned their music degrees […]

Australia’s Got Classical Talent too!

Brisbane, 17 July 2014 Aspiring music students refer to them as Julliard, Curtis or Oberlin, but these names signify the top music schools in the US and the world. It was against an international field of young pianists from such premier institutions, and other young Australians and New Zealanders of comparable local pedigree that Alex […]

Impressions of the 2014 Kerikeri International Piano Competition

Just returned from the 2014 KIPC, I ponder what has kept me coming back to it time after time and now, from some distance. Why do I? Because it is so worth it! There are many elements to the magic mix: terrific young talent attracted from all over the New Zealand and the world; (realistically, […]

‘Estrella’ at the Turner Centre

The recital given by ‘Estrella’ on Saturday, 10 August was a sell out. The quartet from Auckland provided a musical experience which will be long remembered by the large and highly appreciative audience at the Turner Centre. Performing on two grand pianos, Lorelle McNaughton, Somi Kim, Cindy Tsao and Judy Lee set the place alight […]


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