Lissa Cowie & Mark Secker
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Lissa and Mark will perform the Sicilienne Op 78 by Faure, Elegy for the Kauri and Life’s Joy by John Rimmer, a New Zealand composer who lives in Kaiteriteri and Sonata Op 65 by Chopin. This sonata is in four movements; Allegro moderato, Scherzo, Largo and Allegro.
Christchurch-born, Mark Secker actually began his musical working life in Nelson in the 1980’s where he was very involved with Nelson School of Music for about eight years before moving back to his hometown in 1990. His career has encompassed a wide range of activities including teaching from beginner to tertiary level, performing as a solo and ensemble pianist, adjudicating and examining. As a free-lancer he has taken every opportunity to indulge in his other passions including outdoor pursuits and travel, visiting all sorts of far-flung parts of the world. Now retired, he has come full circle and relishes living once more in this blessed part of New Zealand.
Born in Scotland, Lissa emigrated to New Zealand at the age of 12. She studied cello at Auckland University with postgraduate study at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Orchestral experience includes: the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, National Symphony Orchestra of Scotland and Scottish Festival Orchestra. She is a founder member of the Elgin Piano Trio who performed the Beethoven Triple concerto in 2002 and were trio in residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada. Lissa’s string quartets gave concerts in Scotland, the Isle of Mann, Belgium and England, including at Clarence House and St. Martin-in-the-Fields. She taught cello and chamber music at the Junior Department of the Royal Scottish Conservatoire.
Lissa now enjoys being part of the Top of the South’s vibrant music scene.