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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

John Van Buskirk piano recital

John Van Buskirk will give a benefit piano recital for the Otago Community Hospice on Saturday, 13 November at 3:00pm in Marama Hall at the University of Otago.

The programme -- Preludes and Etudes – features 10 preludes by Anthony Ritchie interspersed with preludes and etudes by Liszt, Bach, Shostakovich. Matthew McConnell and Rachmaninov.

Anthony Ritchie’s 24 Preludes for the Piano were written in 2002. They “cover a whole variety of characters and moods”. Taking a cue from Bach and Shostakovich, Anthony has included some contrapuntal forms in his preludes, making several of the preludes very close in spirit to fugues, and in one case, a passacaglia. It was these procedures and dedications to these composers that sparked the idea of a mixed programme of the old and new as they cast light on each other.

John Van Buskirk is an American pianist now living in Dunedin. He appears with his wife Tessa Petersen as La Belle Alliance, a violin/piano duo. The duo is to perform in January at the Biennial Conference of the IRMT which is to be held in Dunedin. Tessa Petersen is the Lecturer in Violin at the University of Otago.

Tickets will be sold at the door -- $20 for adults, $5 for students and children with all proceeds going to the Dunedin Hospice.

Tuesday, January 1, 2002

John van Buskirk

John van Buskirk

Biography for John van Buskirk, Pianist

John Van Buskirk, a versatile pianist referred to by the New York Times as “sensitive and assertive”, has a broad experience of music as an academic and as a practical discipline. He has played from Los Angeles and New York to Budapest, Prince Edward Island and the Netherland Antilles as a recitalist, chamber music player and recital partner to singers and instrumentalists.

A graduate from the Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School, he completed post-graduate study at the Liszt Academy in Budapest. He has performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Wigmore Hall; also for radio broadcast in the USA and the UK.

John’s prolific recordings include those made as a member of The New York Chamber Symphony and the Harmonie Ensemble, amongst others. His solo recordings include Music of Robert Schumann, The Art of the Fortepiano, and Songs of Robert Schumann, with Jane Bryden, plus a recording of Allen Shawn’s Messages (Albany CD).

Since relocating to New Zealand, John has adjudicated several IRMT competitions, lectured and tutored at the University of Otago and served as an examiner for the New Zealand Music Examinations Board. He performs with violinist Tessa Petersen as the duo La Belle Alliance. This duo will be giving concerts in Brussels, London and Paris during September, playing programmes of Schubert, Bach and works by Mozart Fellows recorded on their recent CD, “RELEASE” (Ode Records).