20 Jul 2018

Upbeat for Friday 20 July

From Upbeat, 11:38 am on 20 July 2018



The 2018 Matariki Awards have been announced and we hear from Stuart Maunder about the Opera in Concert staging of tonight’s live broadcast of Verdi’s Aida by Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.

Stuart Maunder

Stuart Maunder Photo: Supplied

1pm Lixin Zhang: A star on the rise

17 year old pianist Lixin Zhang is already a star. The year 13 Burnside High student’s debut album Play has just been released on Rattle and has shot to number 1 on RNZ Concert’s chart. He tells Eva Radich about his love of the piano, how many hours he practices and how despite the pressure he manages to still have real play in his life.

Album Cover: Lixin Zhang

Album Cover: Lixin Zhang Photo: Rattle Records


To end our week of ‘variations’, Murray Perahia’s award-winning performance of Variations & Fugue on a Theme by Handel Op 24 by Brahms.


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Photo: Public Domain