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MATTHIAS BALZAT

NEW ZEALAND

  • date of birth: April 19, 1999
  • currently studying at the Robert Schumann Hochschule für Musik in Düsseldorf with Prof. Pieter Wispelwey;
  • studied at the University of Waikato with Prof. James Tennant;
  • participated in masterclasses given by Wen-Sinn Yang, Johannes Moser, Daniel Müller-Schott, Wolfgang Schmidt, Richard Aaron, Philippe Muller, Li-Wei Qin;
  • plays on an Australian Beilharz Cello, made in 2014.

Prizes: laureate of the National Concerto Competition, Sieghardt Rometsch Competition, PACANZ National Competition, Gisborne International Music Competition

Program:

First Round

Piatti Caprice Op. 25 No. 6

Haydn Cello Concerto No. 2 in D major Hob. VIIb/2

Schumann Adagio and Allegro in A flat major Op. 70

Second Round

Schubert Arpeggione Sonata in A minor D. 821

Kodály Sonata in B minor for Solo Cello Op. 8, first movement

Popper Elfentanz Op. 39

Semifinal

Enescu Cello Sonata No. 2 in C major Op. 26

Shostakovich Cello Sonata in D minor Op. 40

Final

Prokofiev Sinfonia Concertante in E minor Op. 125