Described as “a dazzling young pianist”, Tony Chen Lin will perform for the Waikanae Music Society on Sunday 22 September as part of a fourteen centre Chamber Music New Zealand tour.
Born in China, Tony Chen Lin came to New Zealand when he was six. At fourteen he won the Christchurch Junior Concerto Competition and five years later the New Zealand National Concerto Competition. He studied at the University of Canterbury and subsequently in Singapore, Germany and Hungary. He regularly performs in New Zealand and Europe, notably at the Semaine Internationale Piano & Musique de Chambre festival in Switzerland (where he has also given masterclasses and conducted) and as soloist with the Stuttgart State Orchestra as part of their ‘Rising Stars’ Festival. As a composer, Tony has had works played by the NZSO, Auckland Philharmonia and Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and has received numerous awards for his compositions. His debut solo album ‘Digressions’ was released in 2018 on Rattle Records to enthusiastic reviews. The CD will be available for sale at his concert.
The theme of the concert is “Dreams and Fantasies”, opening with Mozart’s beloved Fantasy and Sonata in C minor. A new work by Chinese/New Zealand composer Gao Ping, specially commissioned for this tour, will follow. Titled “Daydreams” it is a suite of six short pieces. After the interval, Janček’s Sonata “From the Street” is a moving tribute to a worker accidentally killed during a 1905 uprising in Prague. The concert concludes with one of Robert Schumann’s greatest works, the exciting and technically challenging Fantasie in C.
Door sales will be available, or tickets can be purchased from Waikanae New World, Moby Dickens Books in Paraparaumu Beach or through the website www.waikanaemusic.org.nz
Phone enquiries are welcome on 04 905 6070 or 04 293 4025.