Trio Éclat (2016)

• Sunday 1st May 2016, 4.00pm Past
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Christine Kim (flute), Rowan Meade (clarinet), Evans Chuang (piano)
Trio Éclat is an enthusiastic group of music professionals based in Auckland who are committed to performing new and existing repertoire for wind trio.

Christine Kim completed Advanced Studies at Freiburg Musikhochschule in Germany and Bachelor and Master of Music from the University of Auckland. She is an active musician with a passion for teaching and a special love and knowledge of woodwind chamber music.

Rowan Meade is a Masters graduate in performance clarinet from the Sibelius Academy of Music in Helsinki, Finland. He has frequently played with orchestras in Finland and NZ.

Evans Chuang holds a Master of Music from the University of Auckland and has performed with many orchestras in NZ.

The programme will include works by Brahms, Jolivet, Chopin, Villa-Lobos, and Bizet.

Review - Concert Series Opens to Acclaim View Programme Notes In association with Chamber Music New Zealand

Review of Trio Éclat:

Trio Éclat captivated a large audience in the first of this year's Tauranga Musica series at Graham Young Auditorium on Sunday afternoon.

With exquisite performances, Evans Chuang (piano), Christine Kim (flute) and Rowan Meade (clarinet) led the audience through a varied program of international works.

Operating variously in pairs, solo or as a threesome, the Trio mantained audience interest as they flaunted their musicianship and ensemble skills.

A flute and clarinet duo by frenchman Andre Jolivet gently pushed the listener into 20th century atonal harmonies with complete acceptance.

A masterful trio arrangement of a previous quartet by New Zealander Anthony Ritchie showed how under-rated our own composers can often be.

Pianist Evans Chuang elicited audience gasps of awe as he fairly flew through one of Chopin's most difficult Op 23 Etudes, likely unheard live before by most of the audience.

Only some Brahms foot-tapping Hungarian dances seemed less in transcription than their original and familiar orchestral versions.
The surprise of the day was a delightful set of Children's Games by composer Georges Bizet, who was clearly thinking about more than his opera Carmen. Bravo Tauranga Musica for bringing things like this to town.

The next concert of the series is on July 3 at Tauranga Park Auditorium.

- 1st May 2016, by Prof. Barry Vercoe, Mus.D.

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