Top pianists Katherine Austin and Maria Mo will perform at Thames

Katherine Austin and Maria Mo. Photos/Supplied

Internationally renowned pianists will give a Sunday afternoon concert in Thames this weekend where they will perform duets of works by Mozart and other well-known composers of classical piano music.

Katherine Austin and Maria Mo will perform at the Thames Music Group event at St George’s Church this Sunday.

Katherine Austin is responsible for piano studies at the University of Waikato Conservatory of Music. One of New Zealand’s foremost pianists, she performs regularly across the country and overseas, touring frequently for Chamber Music New Zealand and broadcasting regularly on Radio New Zealand Concert.

His work with the New Zealand Chamber Soloists now occupies a large part of his performing and concert life, with regular tours in Europe, the UK, Asia, North and South America and Australia, and invitations to give masterclasses in institutions such as the Yong Siew. Toh Academy of Music (Singapore), Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Yehudi Menuhin School (UK), Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), Monash University (Melbourne) and Vicenza Conservatory of Music (Italy) ).

His CDs include Corybas – the complete chamber works of John Psathas for piano with strings (three of the five works were written for Katherine Austin and her musical partners); Ahi – with works by New Zealand composers Farr, Lodge, Williams, Griffiths and Psathas; and Elegy – moving elegiac piano trios by Rachmaninoff, Babajanian and Shostakovich, which have received international acclaim.

Katherine Austin and Maria Mo. Photos/Supplied
Katherine Austin and Maria Mo. Photos/Supplied

Katherine Austin has also released two CDs on the Atoll label, one with great Russian sonatas for cello and piano, the other Diable Vert, performing virtuoso and romantic works as a duo, with international cello sensation Santiago Canon Valencia, also critically acclaimed.

Maria Mo has performed in New Zealand, Australia, the UK and throughout Europe as a soloist and chamber musician.

She has toured as a concerto soloist with Opus Chamber Orchestra, Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra and Auckland Youth Orchestra.

In 2009 she won the Royal OverSeas League Arts/Pettman International Fellowship for New Zealand Chamber Ensemble as the pianist of the Leonari Trio, which led to an eight-week concert tour and study trip in the UK in 2010, playing prestigious venues and festivals such as St Martin-in-thefields and Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The trio also toured with Chamber Music Zealand in 2012 to critical acclaim. In December 2018, Maria had the honor of being selected to perform for South Korean President Moon Jae-In on his maiden voyage to New Zealand.

Maria studied with Katherine Austin as Sir Edmund Hillary Music Scholar at the University of Waikato where she received the Hillary Medal and the Lili Kraus Piano Award, and graduated with a Masters of Music with First Class Honors in 2009.

In 2013, she obtained her diploma of excellence with Professor Doris Adam at the Vienna Conservatory and completed further training with Professor Christopher Hinterhuber at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. She returned to her alma mater at the University of Waikato to begin a doctorate in musical arts with Katherine Austin in 2018.

•Sunday, 2 p.m. St George’s Church, $20 or TMG members $15.

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