NEW ZEALAND PIANO QUARTET
Richard Mapp teaches at the New Zealand School of Music and plays in the New Zealand Piano Quartet. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music and taught there from 1979 to 1982. While living in Britain and Italy, he performed regularly in the main London concert halls, and recorded for the BBC, and for radio in Germany, Sweden, Finland and Canada. He has appeared as soloist with all the orchestras in New Zealand, tours regularly for Chamber Music New Zealand and is heard often on Concert FM. His CD of piano music by Granados for Meridian records was well reviewed in the BBC Music Magazine, and he also appears on CDs with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
Yury Gezentsvey was born into a musical family in the Kiev in 1952. In 1974 he graduated from the Gnessin Institute in Moscow. He migrated to the USA in 1979 to become Concertmaster of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and in 1980 was appointed Concertmaster of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Caracas, Venezuela. In 1985 he joined the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and has led it on many occasions. He is also first violinist of the Dominion String Quartet whose Naxos recordings of Alfred Hill’s quartets have received critical acclaim [Vol 1 – 8.570491, Vol 2 – 8.572097]. He is an artist teacher at the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington.
Donald Maurice is Professor of Music at the New Zealand School of Music and violist with the Dominion String Quartet. He performs and records regularly as soloist and chamber musician and has presented at numerous International Viola Congresses since 1993. He has been awarded the Silver Alto Clef by the International Viola Society and has been awarded life membership of the American Viola Society. His book Bartók's Viola Concerto was released by Oxford University Press and his 2008 transcription for viola and piano of George Enescu's Third Violin Sonata, published by Enoch & Cie, introduces a new idiom to the viola repertoire.
David Chickering was born and raised in upstate New York. After completing a performance degree at Northwestern University and prior to his appointment as Principal Cellist in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, he was a member of orchestras in Milwaukee, Syracuse, Chicago, Santa Fe, San Jose (Costa Rica) and Auckland. Solo performances include Dvořák’s Cello Concerto with the Auckland Philharmonia and performances of Don Quixote with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. He has given chamber music performances in the USA, Costa Rica, Japan, and New Zealand and is cellist in the Dominion String Quartet.