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Jian Liu Jian Liu with Xing Wang and Mary Gow

Paekakariki's beautiful Memorial Hall will play host to a wonderful piano concert on Sunday 14 August 2016. The principal pianist will be Jian Liu,  DMA,  Head of Piano Studies and Senior Lecturer in Piano at Te Kōkī, New Zealand School of Music. He has performed in many prestigious concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall in New York and the Rose Hall of Lincoln Center.

Jian will introduce Auckland pianist Xing Wang and Paekakariki's own Mary Gow. The pianists will perform solos and duo pieces. The programme will include
Beethoven's Piano Sonata for four hands in D Major Op 6; Ravel's "Ma mère l'Oye"; Schubert's Fantasia in F minor for four hands D 940, Debussy's  Children's Corner Suite; Walton's "Popular Song" from Suite Façade. Jian will solo "Three Sea Changes" - written by Wellington composer, one-time Paekakariki resident Douglas Lilburn and the Scriabin Sonata No 2 in G sharp minor.

Jian Liu's early studies were at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. He moved to the United States in 1996 and earned his Bachelor of Music from Arizona State University. Graduate studies followed at Yale where he obtained the degrees of Master of Music, Master of Musical Arts and Doctor of Musical Arts.

Xing Wang is a doctorate student of Jian Liu and lives in Auckland.

"I'm thrilled to be playing with two such brilliant pianists" says Paekakariki concert organiser Mary Gow. "It's fun to step out from behind the desk and sit before a keyboard again". Hailing from Lower Hutt, Mary Gow BA, B.Mus, FTCL, LRSM is a graduate of Victoria University and the Conservatoire Royale de Bruxelles. Her first love is performance, but since moving to Paekakariki, she has been running the Mulled Wine Concert series, which has presented over 50 concerts to appreciative audiences in Kapiti.

Also on display at the concert will be an exhibition of paintings by Sir Jon Trimmer, painter, sculptor and dancer with the Royal New Zealand Ballet.

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