Alan Griffiths World Premiere with Paul Whelan & Nicholas Young

Time & Date
17th September 2022
7:30 - 10:00pm
The Philip Carter Family Concert Hall
$45 General Admission
$25 Students & Seniors
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International opera star Paul Whelan is giving the World Premiere of a new work by Australian/New Zealand composer Alan Griffiths.

‘Such A Fine, Sunny Day’ is composed for voice and a dramatic four-hand piano accompaniment performed by Australian virtuoso Nicholas Young and Christchurch pianist Anna Maksymova.

This will appear in Alan’s third album ‘Land No More?’ for 2023 release. Dedicated to Sophia Scholl, Such a Fine, Sunny Day was the last thing she said before Hitler had her executed. 

Nicholas will also perform the New Zealand Premiere of selected piano work from Alan’s acclaimed Introspection and Rare View albums. ANZCA Music Examinations chose 13 pieces for inclusion in their 2018 – 2023 international piano syllabus. ANZCA conducts instrumental examinations in six Southeast Asian countries.

Critics have observed:

‘Griffiths can move easily from one mode of expression to another seamlessly’ (Fanfare Magazine, New York.)

‘Griffiths really has developed his own style...’ (Canberra Critics Circle).

 ‘… great compositional balance of virtuosity, simplicity, fragility and drama’. (Cut|Common, Melbourne).

‘… individuality in unexpected and touching ways.’ (factsandarts, Bordeaux).

‘… extremely impressive mastery of style and range of emotions….’ (ANZCA Music Examinations)

Paul Whelan from Christchurch, New Zealand, debuted at the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera Covent Garden, Paris Opera, Bolshoi Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Netherlands Opera, Welsh National Opera, English National Opera, Opera Australia, Kansas, New Orleans and Boston Lyric Opera. Roles included Gremin in Eugene Onegin (Lyric Opera Kansas City) Daland in Der Fliegende Hollander (Hawaii, NZ) Timur in Turandot (Opera New Orleans) Raimondo in Lucia (ENO) Seneca in L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Lille, Dijon) Nick Shadow in The Rakes Progress (NZO) Banco in Macbeth (Opera North) Figaro, Dikoy in Katya Kabanova (Scottish Opera) Giorgio in I Puritani (Boston Lyric Opera) Don Giovanni (Opera Australia) Commendatore (Garsington festival, Theatre de Champs Elysee) Sarastro in the Magic Flute (Hawaii Opera Theatre) Claudio in Hamlet (Gothenburg) Collatinus in The Rape of Lucretia (Opera Norway) Claggart in Billy Budd (Glyndebourne Festival). Conductors he has collaborated with include Sir Simon Rattle, Kent Nagano, Yehudi Menuhin, Valery Gergiev, Gary Bertini, David Zinman, Andris Nelsons, David Robertson, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Charles Mackerras. Recordings include A Midsummer Night’s Dream with LSO (Phillips) and L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Virgin Classics). Paul won the Cardiff Singer of the world Lieder prize and pursues a busy concert career. 

Nicholas Young won First Prize and Best Beethoven Performance of the ‘Grand Prize Virtuoso’ International Music Competition (London), Third Prize of the 15th Rome International Piano Competition (Soloists 'B'), Honourable Mentions at the 7th International Rosario Marciano Piano Competition (Vienna) and 1st International Cochran Piano Competition. As collaborative pianist, Nicholas won First Prize of the 2019 Queensland International Chamber Music Competition (Brisbane) as founding member of the trio Ensemble Françaix. 

Anna Maksymova won the Lewis Eady Charitable Trust Emerging Artist Series and Third Prize of the Kerikeri International Piano Competition. Recipient of four major scholarships she has performed as soloist with the CSO, and collaborates with cellist Tomas Hurnik and his trio Tres Cordes.