The Weekend Sun Competition



Celebrated New Zealand pianist and pedagogue, Richard Mapp plays for Tauranga Musica on Sunday, September 20 from 4pm at Baycourt X Space.


Richard made his solo debut at the age of 12 with the Christchurch Civic Orchestra, playing Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 1. He studied at the University of Otago with Maurice Till, and with Gordon Green at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he later held a teaching fellowship.


After a successful debut at Wigmore Hall, Richard held solo and recital engagements in Europe, Scandinavia and North America.  He has recorded six CDs and his recordings are frequently heard on RNZ Concert.
After 16 years of performing and teaching overseas, Richard returned to New Zealand in 1991 and has since co-founded the Bay of Islands Arts Festival, toured for CMNZ,  performed as a concerto soloist with all major orchestras including the NZSO and  appeared as chamber music partner with many leading musicians in the country.
Richard has taught piano at the University of Waikato, the University of Canterbury, and the Massey Conservatorium of Music in Wellington. He currently teaches piano at Te Koki New Zealand School of Music at Victoria University of Wellington and the Nelson Centre of Musical Arts.


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The Weekend Sun has one double pass see Richard Mapp play for Tauranga Musica for one lucky reader.


Competition Results

Congratulations to our winner, Kirsten Jorgensen!