Lunchtime Concert: Conroy Hu (concert pianist)
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In Conroy’s second concert here in Nelson, he will be presenting a programme of sonatas by Beethoven and Liszt. Beethoven’s Piano Sonata in A Major, Op. 101 and Liszt’s Piano Sonata in B minor are both very important works in the development of the piano sonata form.
It is often considered that Beethoven’s Op. 101 is the beginning of his late sonatas, where he explores a more complex form. The movements are more interconnected, and the finale even incorporates a fugue.
Liszt’s Piano Sonata takes cues of its structure from Schubert’s Wanderer Fantasy. The whole sonata is continuous in one movement, but there are at least 4 distinct sections, alluding to the movements of a typical romantic sonata.
Jiazhou Conroy Hu began his piano studies at the age of 8. He currently attends The University of Auckland studying Bachelor’s of Music. Conroy is currently under the tutelage of Rae de Lisle and Matteo Napoli. In between his studies, he makes time to transcribe music and compose his own works. Conroy has performed his works in the Wallace National Piano Competition and in his first concert in Nelson two years ago.
Over the years, he has won various categories in local competitions throughout New Zealand. At Auckland Grammar, he received the Senior Minister’s plate twice, in 2014 and 2016, and was also awarded the Headmaster’s Performing Arts Scholarship in 2016. Jiazhou has performed with the Auckland Symphony Orchestra in Kerkeri (2016) and has won the Tauranga Performing Arts Competition Society Major Award (2016). In the same year, Jiazhou was a finalist in the Wallace National Junior Piano Competition, and received the Lions Club of Te Awamutu Scholarship.
New time: Our lunchtime concerts now start at 12:30
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