• Lewis Eady Ltd (map)
  • 75 Great South Road
  • Auckland, 1051
  • New Zealand


19 DECEMBER 2018

Lorelle McNaughton
Piano Recital



Ngā Manu; six songs of birds  |  Ross HARRIS
            Tahi: Sitting on the eggs
            Rua: Hatching of the eggs
            Toru: Chicks feeding furiously (in bursts)
            Wha: Fledglings getting a grip on things
            Rima: Flying away – stumbling – into the wide world
            Ono: The runt of the family struggles to get away

this liquid drift of light  |  Eve de CASTRO-ROBINSON
Title taken from New Zealand poet Denys Trussell’s Spring Drift Kawhia:
Now hills half-stripped
of gods rim this liquid
drift of light, and
the sea-eye flashes
mosaic beneath a nest of cliffs
startling the shag
in its pine-black tower.

The Horizon from Owhiro Bay  |  Gareth FARR

Images Book I: Claude DEBUSSY
Reflets dans l’eau (Reflections in the water)
Hommage à Rameau (Tribute to Rameau)
Mouvement (Movement)

Two Spanish Dances from Danzas Españolas, Op.37  |  Enrique GRANADOS

Variations on a theme of Chopin  |  Frederic MOMPOU
Theme. Andantino
Variation I. Tranquillo e molto amabile
Variation II. Gracioso
Variation III. Lento (for the left hand only)
Variation IV. Espressivo
Variation V. Tempo di Mazurka
Variation VI. Recitativo
Variation VII. Allegro leggiero
Variation VIII. Andante dolce e espressivo
Variation IX. Valse
Variation X. Évocation. Cantabile molto espressivo
Variation XI. Lento dolce e legato
Variation XII. Galope y Epílogo

Cuatro Piezas Españolas (Four Spanish Pieces)  |  Manuel de FALLA
i. Aragonesa
ii. Cubana
iii. Montañesa
iv. Andaluza


New Zealand pianist Lorelle McNaughton, of Māori-Chinese and Scottish descent, was born and bred in Manukau and completed her Bachelor of Music at Auckland University before heading overseas to embark on further studies. After graduating from Auckland as a ‘Top Scholar’, where she studied with Rae de Lisle, Read Gainsford and Natalia Ricci, Lorelle then moved to Sydney to continue her studies and she began to specialise in the study of Spanish piano works. Lorelle graduated with First Class Honours from the Sydney Conservatorium in 2011 and a Master of Music in 2015, where she learnt and performed Isaac Albéniz’s masterpiece Iberia, arguably one of the most complex works ever written for the piano. Lorelle received 98% for her final Mastersrecital at the Sydney Conservatorium and was encouraged to continue to explore the field of Spanish music.

Lorelle received many awards during her studies in both countries, including Auckland University’s Janetta McStay Prize for Pianists, Best Student in Performance, Kathleen Mary Reardon Memorial Music Scholarship, the Anne Bellam Music Scholarship, Tuakana Scholarship for Maori/Pacific Island students, and the Carl and Alberta Rosenfeldt Prize in Chamber Music. She also received Māori Education Trust’s Francis Irwin Hunt Scholarship and was the winner of the Manukau Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. During the course of her Masters studies in Sydney, Lorelle was awarded the Sonja Hanke Memorial Scholarship for Pianists, an Australian Postgraduate Award, the prestigious Albert Scholarship for Postgraduate students and a James King of Irrawang Travelling Scholarship.

In 2011 Lorelle was awarded first prize in the Greville/Coughtrey Piano Scholarship Competition in Sydney, which she used to undertake a short intensive course at the Academia Marshall in Barcelona. In December 2012, Lorelle was invited to present a paper at Melbourne Conservatorium’s Spanish Music Symposium; “Spanish Musics and their [Western] Others; Negotiating identity and exoticism”. She has also presented lecture-recitals at Avondale, Sydney, and Wollongong Conservatoriums conjointly with Natalia Ricci.

Lorelle held a major role in the organization of the first international Spanish Music and Dance Festival, ‘Encuentros Españoles’, at the Sydney Conservatorium in 2013 and a subsequent highlights concert in 2014. She returned to Europe in 2015 on another research trip where she undertook study in Spain and France with some of the greatest living interpreters of Spanish music, including Marta Zabaleta and Albert Attenelle. Whilst there she was awarded the prize for Best Performance of Spanish Music at the International Barcelona Piano Academy.

Lorelle was also a founding member of the very successful eight-hand piano quartet “Estrella” whose debut album Tui, of compositions for eight hands by New Zealand composers, reached No.1 in the RadioNZ Classical charts on its release in 2013. In 2016 Lorelle received Auckland University’s Anne Reid Memorial Trust Scholarship, the Sydney Conservatorium Henderson Travel Scholarship, Creative New Zealand’s Jack McGill Scholarship and an AMP National Scholarship, which she used to move to Spain to continue her studies. Lorelle was the only person to complete the Master of Interpretation of Spanish Music at the Liceu Conservatori in Barcelona under the tutelage of Albert Attenelle. Lorelle continues to reside in Barcelona where she is studying and teaching at the Academia Marshall under renowned pianists and pedagogues, Marta Zabaleta and Carlota Garriga. She received Creative New Zealand’s Jack McGill Scholarship again in 2017 and is very fortunate to have the ongoing support of Adrian Burr.


Doors open 7.00pm | Recital commences 7.30pm
TICKETS:  General Admission: $30  |  Student: $10
Includes a complimentary glass of wine & nibbles