SunLive Competition



Spring, summer, autumn and winter – the four seasons as musically depicted by Vivaldi, alongside Piazzolla’s South American angle – is a seasonal chamber concert with a difference and will be presented by Bay of Plenty Symphonia.


Antonio Vivaldi’s famous Four Seasons baroque violin concertos are interspersed with the jazzy, tango-inspired Four Seasons of Buenos Aires by the 20th century Argentine composer Ástor Piazzolla. 


Violin soloist Andrew Beer has been concertmaster of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra since 2014. 


He has performed and broadcast extensively throughout the world and recently won the Aotearoa Music Award for Best Classical Artist. 


Outside his busy performing schedule, Andrew teaches privately and at the University of Auckland, and he has been a guest teacher and performer at Harvard and McGill Universities. He performs on a J.B. Vuillaume violin from 1845 and a J.J. Martin bow from 1880.


Ashley Brown features as lead cellist and soloist in the Piazzolla. Ashley is a founder of NZTrio and one of New Zealand’s leading cello soloists, chamber musicians and recording artists. He has succeeded in many local and international competitions and awards and has worked with diverse composers and artists including Dame Gillian Whitehead, Moana Maniapoto, Michael Houstoun, Kristjan Järvi and Neil Finn.  Ashley plays the 1762 William Forster ‘Liberte’ cello.


The chamber orchestra is made up of 14 string players from Bay of Plenty Symphonia with guest harpsichordist Chalium Poppy.


Four Seasons is conducted by Justus Rozemond and will be performed at Holy Trinity Church, Devonport Road, on Saturday, February 13, at 7.30pm.


Adult and senior tickets cost $20, and tickets for 18 and under cost $5.


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The Weekend Sun has one double pass to see Four Seasons on February 13 for one lucky reader.


Competition Results

Congratulations to our winner, Kathleen Fraser!