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Prokofiev - Violin Concerto No 1 / Saint-Saens - Rondo Capriccioso

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  • 2019 09 15 St Matthews Chamber Orchestra news b

15th September 2019 @ 2:30pm St Matthew in the City, 187 Federal St, Auckland, 1010, Auckland Print this page Email a friend

Prokofiev - Violin Concerto No 1 / Saint-Saens - Rondo Capriccioso

Prokofiev - Violin Concerto No 1 
Saint-Saens - Rondo Capriccioso

Conductor: David Kay
Soloist: Martin Riseley (Violin)


If you have not heard St Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra play then you are missing one of the finest musical experiences in Auckland.   Gillian Ansell (NZ String Quartet) says “St Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra’s high quality music-making brings their audiences much joy”.

Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto is  known for its mixture of fairy-tale naïveté and daring savagery” and violinist Martin Riseley is more than up for this challenge.  His playing  has been described as ‘delicate.subtle and dazzling” .

NZ’er Martin Riseley studied at Juilliard where he completed Master Music and Doctor of Musical Arts Degrees. He was Concertmaster of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra for fifteen years, where he performed and premiered a number of concertos. 

He has played chamber music with some of the leading musicians of our time, including Pinchas Zukerman, Yo Yo Ma and John Kimura Parker, and has held other concertmaster positions, including Interim Associate Concertmaster of the National Arts Center Orchestra, Ottawa, under music director Pinchas Zukerman. He was also a member of Mènage à Trio with Stèphane Lemelin and Tanya Prochazka. 

Since returning to New Zealand to be Head of Strings at the New Zealand School of Music he has premiered John Corigliano’s Red Violin Chaconne, performed the complete Paganini caprices, and teamed up with Diedre Irons for regular recitals, including for Chamber Music New Zealand. He has also made the first CD recordings of some important chamber works of Douglas Lilburn and recorded ‘Meditations on Michelangelo’ by Jack Body with the NZSO and Ken Young, as violin soloist. This recording won a Vodafone New Zealand Music Award for Best Classical CD in 2015. Recently he has made premiere recordings of works by David Farquhar and toured as a member of the Te Koki Trio. 

In 2015 he was also appointed Concertmaster of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and was named patron of The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts in the heart of Christchurch Arts Precinct. 

Do arrive early to ensure a good seat.


TICKETS Eventfinda or Door sales cash only. Adults $30 Concessions $25 children under 12 free. ST MATTHEW-IN-THE-CITY CHURCH corner Wellesley & Hobson Streets.