Quartet plays debut concerts

The Ākarana Piano Quartet is promising to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.

The Ākarana Piano Quartet will make its debut at the Warkworth Town Hall on Saturday, August 26.

The quartet consists of award-winning musicians Andrew Beer (violin), Robert Ashworth (viola), Chen Cao (cello) and Sarah Watkins (piano).

The Auckland-based quartet is promising to deliver an overall experience of rich, vibrant storytelling, connecting the key figures of European music with Aotearoa.

“The concert will be an opportunity to celebrate intimate music-making of the highest quality from internationally-acclaimed performers,” a Warkworth Music spokesperson said.

“These world-class musicians will bring a colourful offering of piano quartets, including Mozart’s charming Piano Quartet No 1 in G minor and Englishman Frank Bridge’s passionate Phantasy Quartet.

“A sublime, large-scale chamber work by Dvořák, full of rich lyricism and romantic sweep, also hints at the composer’s Bohemian roots with dazzling folk-like material.”

The programme will also feature a new commission from New Zealander Janet Jennings called Twelve Colours: Homage to Paul Klee, a piano quartet inspired by the artist’s abstract oil on canvas, New Harmony.

Ākarana Piano Quartet encompasses four distinct solo performers who will undoubtedly keep audiences on the edge of their seat.

The concert is part of Warkworth Music’s winter programme and is presented in partnership with Chamber Music New Zealand.

It starts at 4pm. Cash sales only at the door.