During the New Zealand summer, Jack Richards sponsors a series of house concerts at his New Zealand home, to raise funds for the Gisborne International Music Competition, an annual competition for orchestral players. The competition is now in its 26th year and attracts some 60 young competitors every year from New Zealand, Australia and further afield.
Tiromoana Summer Music Series 2017/2018
6 concerts were held at Tiromoana over the New Zealand summer, featuring outstanding young musicians from New Zealand, Australia and Spain. This was an opportunity to hear a galaxy of outstanding young musicians, some of whom performed for their first time in New Zealand.
February 17 2018
Tony Zhai (violin), James Lin (violin) and Xing Wang (piano) performed music by Bartok, Bach, Gao Ping, Grieg and Sarasate.
January 27 2018
Cello recital by Matthias Balzat (17), with Vivian Balzat, Piano
Matthias performed works by Brahms, Paganini, Tchaikovsky, Piatti, Rachmaninoff, Kapusti and Farr. His accompanist was his mother Vivian Balzat.
January 20 2018
James Guan (piano), with guest artist Alex Isted (violin).
Both James and Alex have recently graduated from the Royal College of Music, London. James performed the complete set of Chopin Etudes, while Alex played works by Saint-Seans, Ravel and Strauss.
December 28 2017
Recital by Oscar Gomez Villarroya (18) In his recital Oscar played solo works by Albeniz, Mompou, Ravel, Turina, and Khachaturian as well as Faure’s 4 hand Dolly Suite, with Daniel.
December 27 2017
Recital by Daniel Gomez Villarroya (15). Recognized as one of Spain’s most outstanding young pianists, Daniel played works by Granados, Turina, Manuel de Falla as well as Tchaikovsky and Liszt.
December 20 2017
Recital by Australian brother and sister – Leroy Ma (13) and Ann Ma (18) who played solo works by Janacek, Debussy, Chopin, Beethoven and Liszt as well as a four hands piece by Schubert.
February 18 2017
Our final concert was a gala event to conclude the summer series featuring work for four hands performed by Chilean pianist Edith Fischer and the Argentinean Jorge Pepi-Alos.
February 11 2017
Three Brahms Sonatas for piano and violin, played by Sydney based Fox Chen (violin) and Tony Lin (piano). Fox was an audience favorite when he played in previous years at the Gisborne International Music Competition. Germany-based Tony Lin recently completed a national tour with Chamber Music New Zealand, where he received rave reviews. This will be a rare occasion to hear these three exquisite works together in one evening.
January 29 2017
Two rising opera singers from the New Zealand School of Music together – soprano Pasquale Orchard and tenor Joseph Haddow, with associate artist Bruce Greenfield, performed a selection of favorite arias from both opera and musical theater.
Evening in Transylvania – January 18th 2017
Bela Bartok Number 2 from Brahms; Eight Pieces op.76 Old Dance Tunes, from 15 Peasant Songs, by Bela Bartok. Played by Jun Bouterey-Ishido.
Schumann Romances for Bassoon & Piano – December 28th 2016
- 3 Romances, Opus 94 for Bassoon and Piano by Robert Schumann Lexim Zhang – Piano and Long Ngyuen – Bassoon. The Lark by Mikhail Glinka (transcribed by Balakirev) Lexim Zhang – Piano.
Jack C. Richards introduces 14 year old piano prodigy Lixin Zhang
Joshua Han, Oscar Han & Tony Lee
In September 2013 Dr. Richards sponsored a concert in Gisborne, New Zealand by three outstanding young Australian musicians. The concert was to raise funds for the renovation of a concert theater in Jack’s home town.