Richard Mapp is a kiwi icon who has toured many times for Chamber Music New Zealand, performed with the major orchestras and appeared as chamber music partner with the New Zealand String Quartet and other leading musicians in this country. He has recorded six CDs and is frequently heard on RNZ Concert.
After study at Canterbury and Otago Universities with Maurice Till, Richard became a student of Gordon Green at the Royal Academy of Music, London, where he later held a teaching fellowship. While based in London and Italy, Richard performed widely in Europe, and gave six recitals at the Wigmore Hall and recorded for BBC Radio 3.
In 1991 he returned to NZ to live, initially in the Far North where he co-founded the Bay of Islands Arts Festival. From 2000 - 2010 he was Senior Lecturer at the Massey Conservatorium in Wellington, and is now an Artist Teacher at the NZ School of Music. Richard has enjoyed deputising at the Universities of Canterbury and Waikato, and is an experienced adjudicator and dedicated teacher.
Featuring a range of seminal works from the invention of Bach to Messiaen's beautiful meditation on biblical themes, this concert will be a piano lover’s fantasy. From the lush and Romantic music of Brahms to the poetic grief of Chopin's Nocturne the programme explores the full range and power of the piano. In another favourite of the repertoire Schubert is by turns stormy and playful in his delightful set of three pieces for piano, while ‘Catharis’ by well known New Zealand composer Kenneth Young takes the listener from stillness to furious agitation and a return to sonorous solemnity.
BACH | Prelude and Fugue in C-sharp Minor, Book 1, BWV 849
KENNETH YOUNG | Catharsis (from Five Pieces for Piano)
SCHUBERT | Three Piano Pieces D.946
CHOPIN | Nocturne in C Minor, op. 48, no. 1
MESSIAEN | Première communion de la vierge
BRAHMS | Seven Fantasies, op. 116