Composer - Young, Ken

Piano Trio (premiered October 2015) – 17′

2015 is a busy year for Kenneth Young. He’s been composer in residence at the Auckland Philharmonia for the past couple of years, and he also has a CD of his orchestral music coming out with the NZSO, to celebrate a significant birthday in November – listen out for him as Composer of the Week on Radio NZ Concert. There’s also his teaching at the NZSM, his production work for Rattle, and his conducting – he works regularly with all the major orchestras in New Zealand and Australia – and he is probably best known for his orchestral music, having been Principal Tuba of the NZSO for some 25 years. However, he has also written a quantity of solo instrumental and chamber music, and describes it as ‘the acid test’ for a composer. ‘You’ve got to be very much on your game, because there’s nowhere to hide. It’s very good for honing the old technique.’  

This is his first piano trio:  

‘There’s no programme as such, but it’s not abstract, put it that way. When I began writing it I was feeling angry about a couple of things that were going on – political and societal issues here in New Zealand. My ire was raised, and when my ire is raised I always find it a good time to pick up a pen and take it out on a piece of manuscript paper – rather than anybody else! It’s quite a cathartic process for me – I’ve experienced that previously. So that’s why the trio starts angrily, and the first section continues on all fast and furious until it reaches the expressive part of the piece, when the tension dissipates somewhat and it becomes more melancholy. There’s a sad little waltz in the piano and a lament from Ashley, then an uplifting solo from Justine towards the end. I don’t want to say how it ends – that would spoil the surprise! But let’s just say, there are several mood swings in there. What I can say is I’ve loved writing it. They’re all friends of mine and it’s just a joy to be able to write for people who can play anything I put in front of them. They all get a chance to express themselves with slower-form music, but they also get a chance to engage us with their phenomenal technique.’

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NZTrioWednesday, October 28th, 2020 at 11:31pm
Hugest congrats to our artful compatriots Stella Bennett (Benee), Joshua Fountain and Djeisan Suskov for snagging the Silver Scroll for “Glitter”, and also to good friend of the trio Michael Norris for landing the SouNZ Contemporary Award for “Mātauranga” at this evening’s socially distant APRA Silver Scrolls awards ceremony. Big ups to Rob Ruha for nabbing the Maioha award for “Ka Mānu”, and also to Karl Steven and David Long getting gongs for their screen scores (“Come to Daddy” and “The Luminaries” respectively). Totally awesome.

With full hearts, we celebrate Aotearoa’s dynamic musical landscape. Cheers to you!!

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NZTrioFriday, October 23rd, 2020 at 11:19am
If you're in or around beautiful Hawke's Bay New Zealand this long weekend, be sure and get your arts fix at the Harcourts Hawke's Bay Arts Festival. Would love to see you there for our last performance of InterFusions Sunday Oct 25th, 5:30pm. Click through for more festival programme details. Happy Friday!!

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NZTrioThursday, October 22nd, 2020 at 9:48am
Those who experienced our “InterFusions” concert will be excited to hear about this, from the composer of that exciting piece full of exotic rhythms, intonations and energies “Love Triangle”:

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