Young violinist to guest at Kowhai autumn concert

Marika Balzat is 21 and has been playing since she was four.

Violinist Marika Balzat will be the guest accompanist at Autumn Leaves, a concert by Kowhai Singers at Warkworth Town Hall on Sunday, May 26 at 4pm.

She will accompany the choir for a number of songs, as well as join conductor and pianist Amy Cottingham for two interludes during the show, which will include Argentinian tango compositions by Astor Piazzolla.

Marika has been playing violin since she was four years old and recently completed her Bachelor of Music Degree from Auckland University. She has been teaching the violin for five years and plays all music genres, from folk, Celtic and gypsy jazz to baroque and classical, she has also toured the US, Europe, Australia and Fiji.

Kowhai Singers webmaster Jo Evans says Autumn Leaves promises to be a rich and varied presentation of beautiful music, including classical songs and some lighter fare.

“After three months of productive rehearsal under Amy’s expert tuition, the choir is in very good voice,” he says.

Tickets cost $25, and are available on the door or in advance from Briar Rose Flowers on 425 9016 and from  any choir member. There is no charge for students.


There are no comments on this article.

Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to make a comment. Login Now