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The Kiwi way of life has attracted many professional musicians to settle in New Zealand, enlarging local access to the world's finest classical music.   Three such musicians will be at Paekakariki’s beachfront Memorial Hall on Sunday 5 March at 2.30pm. Organiser Mary Gow says "This concert, featuring three highest-level international musicians, is the best present we can offer the New Zealand audience".

The trio will be led by Canadian-born pianist Diedre Irons, who first performed solo with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra when aged 12. Since moving to New Zealand, Irons has performed frequently with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, chamber groups, and regional symphony orchestras.  Recent reviews describe her virtuoso playing as “… a joy: bright-toned and with plenty of tumbling warmth…” and as encompassing “… an enormous range of technical, intellectual and emotional responses.” Irons says of the pieces she will be playing: "Those two pieces, Brahms B major and Beethoven A major, have been in my repertoire for (literally) half a century, since Philadelphia days. Hard to believe."

The other members of the trio have an equally stellar background. Emerging from the renowned Finnish music scene, Vesa-Matti Leppanen (violin) has an international reputation. Since his appointment as NZSO Concertmaster 12 years ago, he has performed as soloist with all major orchestras in New Zealand. Of course, the Concertmaster in any orchestra holds the first-violin seat and in addition to top-level musical skills is responsible for leading the orchestra - a demanding job indeed, particularly in a world-class orchestra.

British-born cellist Andrew Joyce, first-cellist in the NZSO, spent five years in London, working and touring regularly with the London Symphony and London Philharmonic orchestras.

The programme will include Mozart"s Sonata for Violin K 379, Beethoven's Sonata for Cello and Piano in A major, Opus 69 and Brahms's Trio No. 1 in B flat major, Opus 8.

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