A stunning performance played with expert technique and deep feeling

TwinePieces NZTrio gave a stunning performance of “TwinePieces”, their new programme of five works, last night in the Len Lye Gallery at the Govett Brewster Art Gallery. Founder member and cellist Ashley Brown was joined by new members Amalia Hall (violin) and Somi Kim (piano), replacing retired former members, Justine Cormack and Sarah Watkins. It […]

Persuasively delivered by an impressive line-up

Braid, the third of NZTrio’s popular Loft concerts for the year, focused on women composers, well timed for Suffrage 125 celebrations. Five works, spanning a century-and-a-half, were persuasively delivered by an impressive line-up, with founding cellist Ashley Brown joined by violinist Benjamin Baker and pianist Stephen De Pledge. Two older Kiwi commissions were revisited, reminding […]

The trio's sound was outstanding

NZTRIO: BRAID WEDNESDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2018, CITY GALLERY WELLINGTON Rachel Clement (NZ): Shifting States: Sabbia (Sand) (2005) Clara Schumann (Ger): Piano Trio in G minor, opus 17 (1846) Elena Kats-Chernin (Aus): Spirit and the Maiden (2004) Victoria Kelly (NZ): Sono (2000) Fanny Mendelssohn (Ger): Piano Trio in D minor (1847) Benjamin Baker: violin Ashley Brown: cello Stephen De Pledge: piano In honour of the 125th anniversary […]

NZTrio an ensemble of world-class excellence

NZTrio – Weave The Piano, Christchurch, 21 June 2018 Reviewed by Tony Ryan NZTrio, in a period of transition with two guest players joining its founding cellist, Ashley Brown, sounded for all the world as if they’d been playing together for years, so totally in tune with one another’s interpretive approach and style were they. […]

NZTrio continues exploring classical curiosities

NZTrio has always enjoyed rescuing lesser-known scores from the nooks and crannies of musical history. Its latest concert opened with one of its best finds yet, a charming Phantasie by John Ireland. Written in 1909, this short work seemed more a blend of late romantic and modal styles than impressionistic, as cellist Ashley Brown suggested in his […]

NZTrio deliver sublime performance

What a godsend The Piano is! This NZTrio programme (Soar) was the latest in a long line-up of very special concerts that this wonderful new venue has hosted during 2017. When I look at a concert listing before booking tickets, sometimes the announcement of a featured work makes my heart skip a beat and wild […]

Thrilling finale puts piano trio to the fore

NZTrio set off in the glow of a fading Celtic twilight, working valiantly to inject some semblance of stylistic unity into a 1946 piano trio by Arnold Bax. Bax’s Adagio did showcase Ashley Brown’s uber-lyrical cello, but just how could critic Scott Goddard, 70 years ago, hail this trio as a “great little masterpiece?” Two […]