Diedre Irons & Andrew Joyce
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We are thrilled to welcome renowned pianist Diedre Irons and NZSO cellist Andrew Joyce to be part of NCMA’s opening celebrations.
Diedre Irons is one of New Zealand’s most distinguished pianists. Born in Winnipeg, Canada, she made her debut with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra at the age of 12 playing the Schumann Piano concerto. She graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and was subsequently invited by her teacher, Rudolf Serkin, to join the faculty of that prestigious conservatory where she taught for the next seven years. During those years she toured Canada and the United States as a soloist and as a chamber music player.
Since moving to New Zealand in 1977, Diedre has performed regularly with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Auckland Philharmonia and the Christchurch Symphony. She has toured many times under the auspices of Chamber Music New Zealand, and recorded extensively for Radio New Zealand.
Born in Norwich, England, Andrew Joyce is currently Section Principal, Cello in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. At the age of 11 he went to London to pursue his musical studies at the Purcell School of Music where his teachers were Amanda Truelove and Michal Kaznowski. He continued his studies at the Royal College of Music with Alexander Boyarsky and the Musikhochschule Lübeck with Troels Svane, as a holder of the coveted DAAD Scholarship. He has performed in masterclasses with the late Bernard Greenhouse, Alexander Baillie, David Geringas, Alexander Rudin, Natalia Gutman, Karine Georgian, Leonid Gorokhov, the Takacs Quartet and the Kopelman Quartet. Violinist, and Artistic Director of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Gordan Nikolitch, also played a very important role in his artistic development and continues to be a source of inspiration.
Diedre and Andrew will perform:
- Beethoven’s Sonata in C major Op. 102 No. 1,
- Schumann’s Fünf Stücke im Volkston Op. 102
- Rachmaninoff Sonata in G minor Op. 19