Michael Houstoun (piano)
J.S. Bach ~ Partita No.4 in D, BWV828
Bach - Busoni ~ Chaconne in D minor;
Beethoven ~ Adagio sostenuto from Sonata in B flat, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier";
Beethoven ~ Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 “Waldstein”;
He has twice presented the complete Beethoven sonatas in seven-concert cycles. More recently he has performed the 48 Preludes and Fugues of Bach’s Well-tempered Klavier in two concert events. Since 1999 he has recorded for Rattle Records with five of his albums winning Classical Record of the Year Awards. He has honorary degrees from Massey and Victoria universities, is a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit and a Laureate of the Arts Foundation of New Zealand. He is Advocate of Chamber Music New Zealand, and Patron of The NZ Institute of Registered Music Teachers, the NZ Music Examinations Board, the Kerikeri International Piano Competition and the Nelson School of Music.
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.
Photo by Dean Zillwood, www.zillwood.co.nz