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Matthew Marshall Matthew Marshall and Heleen du Plessis

Music for cello and guitar inspired by Latin America

Matthew Marshall – guitar, Heleen du Plessis – cello

The Kapiti Coast is home to many people who love the sound of a guitar and all the guitar aficionados on the coast will welcome the visit of one of the finest classical guitarists in the Southern Hemisphere here on 13 August. The finale of the 2017 series of concerts will present Matthew Marshall accompanied by fiery cellist Heleen du Plessis. The duo will present a hot Latino music special. "There is no instrument like the guitar for bridging the folk and classical music traditions" says Tony Fuell, of Paekakariki's Mulled Wine Concerts.

"Matthew's set list will be a musical adventure from beginning to end," says Fuell, himself a guitarist influenced by the music of people like Segovia and Julian Bream on the clasical side and Mark Knopfler and Davy Graham on the folk-rock side. The duo will present pieces by Francis Kleynjans, Radames Gnattali, Astor Piazzolla, Richard Charlton, Atanas Ourkouzounov, Heitor Villa Lobos, and Richard Charlton and will perform the world premiere of a new work by Anthony Ritchie. Such composers, says Fuell, are today's equivalent of Europe's baroque and classical composers, who drew on traditional forms to create masterpieces.

Acclaimed by the Dominion Post as "...a guitarist of superb technical accomplishment and a musician of perception and style", Matthew Marshall has been teaching guitar since 1983. A respected academic musician as well as a performer, he is currently Professor of Music at Southern Cross University, Australia. He has performed and recorded all over the world and has appeared on radio & TV . "I have the best job in the world – I get to play music, teach music and inspire others through music!", he says.

This will be Matthew's third appearance in Paekakariki. He will also be using his visit to conduct a guitar masterclass for students from the Kapiti region, and as he says "It's important to me as a music educator that I continue to perform and record – doing what I'm teaching my students to do and thus being a role model to them. And the same applies for me as an academic manager: to lead by example and to encourage and celebrate the successes of others".

South African cellist Heleen Du Plessis has just been appointed as Lecturer in Cello at the University of Otago. She has appeared internationally as a soloist – both in recitals and with orchestras, and is part of TriOtago (the newly formed Piano Trio with professor Terence Dennis, piano and Tessa Petersen, violin) and principal cellist of the Southern Sinfonia in Dunedin, NZ.<

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