PROGRAMME: Beethoven ~ Cello Sonata No.3 in A major, Op. 69
John Psathas ~ Halo
Chopin ~ Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 65
James Tennant is a renowned cellist who is on the staff at the University of Waikato. He has gained many awards and prizes for his solo and chamber music performances. His students have regularly won the New Zealand Concerto Competition and recently one of his students, Santiago Canon-Valencia, received second prize at the 2019 Tchaikovsky Competition in Russia. Highly acclaimed New Zealand pianist Katherine Austin has performed chamber music widely in New Zealand and internationally. Their program includes a piece by New Zealand composer John Psathas which was commissioned by the Duo and first performed in 2016.
The Christopher’s Classics programme, founded by Christopher Marshall, has become a mainstay of the Christchurch chamber music scene, showcasing some of New Zealand’s finest musicians. Following the 23 April concert, the 2020 series features Vesa and Friends (9 July); New Zealand String Quartet (20 August), Aroha String Quartet with Robert Orr (oboe) (3 September), and Marmen Quartet (7 October).