Formed in 2017, the Melbourne based trio are all New Zealand musicians. Arna Morton, Violin, Alex Morton, French Horn and Liam Wooding, Piano. Arna and Alex are from Christchurch and Liam from Whanganui. The trio is committed to discovering and performing lesser known works from the genre and have plans to further expand the horn trio repertoire through new-work commissions and their own arrangements. The Morton Trio adds even more flexibility to their programming by selecting duos for either violin or horn with piano and hopes to collaborate with other established ensembles and artists to explore more of the chamber music repertoire.
The Morton Trio’s special bond imbues their performances with sensitivity and sizzle, and they’re all extremely passionate about engaging communities through their performances. Their programme is full of lush works that explore the rich sonorities possible when a French Horn replaces the cello in a piano trio.
Arna Morton was born in Christchurch moving to Wellington in 2009 to complete her Bachelor and Masters in Violin at the NZ School of Music under Helene Pohl. She is now in the Melbourne music scene currently completing a Performance PhD; a casual Lecturer in Violin and a recipient of the Australian Postgraduate Award at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. She is as Concertmaster of the University’s Symphony Orchestra which includes mentoring emerging leaders. Her research focuses on Britten and his Violin Concerto. She is winner of many prestigious awards in both New Zealand and overseas and has travelled extensively with various Quartets and appeared in Music Festivals in Texas and also the Adam Chamber Music Festival. She and Alex are married.
Alex Morton is also multi talented as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician and is also expert in a variety of genres from baroque to the bleeding edge of modern music. His favourite composers are Richard Strauss, Mahler, New Zealand Stravinsky in orchestral settings. Alex currently has a contract with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and has performed with many Orchestras in both New Zealand and Australia. He believes ‘everybody loves classical music, they just might not know it yet’
Liam Wooding is also studying at the Australian National Academy of Music. He completed a Master of Music degree at the University of Waikato. He is committed to the cultural preservation and advocacy of New Zealand music and, to this end, as performed works by the majority of New Zealand’s leading composers. Apart from performing concertos with many Orchestras throughout New Zealand and Australia, he is also activity engaged in Whanganui as accompanist at the NZ Opera School held in Whanganui each year and also is supporting the redevelopment of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. This year, Liam is part of the Ensemble Evolution at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity exploring ensemble playing for the 21st century. He has performed concertos with many Orchestras throughout New Zealand and Australia
Kenneth Young: Trio for Horn, Violin, Piano
Szymanowski: Myths for Violin and Piano
Brahms: Horn Trio: E-flat Major: Op40
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