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New Zealand Piano Quartet

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.




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