Wilma Smith (violin)
Matthias Balzat (cello)
Michael Houstoun (piano)
Beethoven - Piano Trio in Eb major Op. 1 No. 1
Ravel - Piano Trio in A minor
Beethoven - Piano Trio in Bb Major Op. 97 “Archduke”
COVID-19 has again necessitated changes in our programme. The pianist from the Argyle Trio, Laurence Matheson, cannot enter New Zealand under the current restrictions. Michael Houstoun has agreed to perform with the other two members of the Trio, Wilma Smith and Matthias Balzat, for our concert.
Since retiring from the MSO, Wilma Smith has prioritised her chamber music roots, enjoying old and new relationships in the US and New Zealand as well as Australia. Matthias Balzat is a New Zealand born cellist and is currently 20 years old. He began playing the cello at the age of 3, and has completed his NZ studies under James Tennant. He is currently doing his masters degree in Düsseldorf. From Melbourne, Laurence Matheson is a 24 year old pianist who began his full-time studies in 2013. He was selected as a Fellow of the Australian National Academy of Music in 2016.