[INTERVIEW] Radio New Zealand - 2013 Wallace Piano Comp winner back in town

2013 Wallace Piano Comp winner back in town

From Upbeat, 1:00 pm on 29 July 2019

2013 Wallace National Piano Competition winner Jason Bae is back in the country performing in Wellington tonight and Auckland next week.

Pianist Jason Bae & HRH Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, United Kingdom. Photo: Associated Press

Pianist Jason Bae & HRH Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, United Kingdom. Photo: Associated Press

Jason Bae has been described as “an enterprising, exploratory and heroic performer” and he’s bringing that flair to the concert hall this week and next performing works by Berg, Grieg and Dutilleux.

In 2016 he was appointed as a Steinway Artist, the first New Zealander to be given that title.

He talks with David Morriss about his success, being back in New Zealand and what it was like meeting Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex.

Jason is performing tonight at the Cathedral of St Paul in Wellington at 5.40pm and next week at the Bentley Showroom on Great North Road in Auckland on August 8.

Jason performs at the Grand Opening Night of "Oceania" Exhibition in Royal Academy of Arts, London attended by the HRH Duchess of Sussex, Meghan.

Royal Academy of Arts


29 September - 10 December 2018

Marking 250 years since Cook’s first voyage to the Pacific, we celebrate the dazzling and diverse art of the region of Oceania, from the historic to the contemporary.

The year is 1768, and Britain is in the throes of the Age of Enlightenment. As a group of artists agrees to found the Royal Academy, Captain James Cook sets sail on a voyage of discovery to track the transit of Venus and search for terra australis incognita – the unknown southern continent, as Europeans called it. What Cook and his crew encounter on arrival is a vast number of island civilisations covering almost a third of the world’s surface: from Tahiti in Polynesia, to the scattered archipelagos and islands of Melanesia and Micronesia.

The indigenous populations they met came with their own histories of inter-island trade, ocean navigation, and social and artistic traditions. This spectacular exhibition reveals these narratives – celebrating the original, raw and powerful art that in time would resonate across the European artistic sphere.

Oceania brings together around 200 exceptional works from public collections worldwide, and spans over 500 years. From shell, greenstone and ceramic ornaments, to huge canoes and stunning god images, we explore important themes of voyaging, place making and encounter. The exhibition draws from rich historic ethnographic collections dating from the 18th century to the present, and includes seminal works produced by contemporary artists exploring history, identity and climate change.

Oceania has been organised by the Royal Academy of Arts, London and Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, Paris, with the participation of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge.

The Grand Opening of “Oceania” took place on 25th September 2018 and it was attended by HRH Duchess of Sussex, Meghan and New Zealand Steinway Artist Jason Bae performed on Michael Parekowhai’s “He Kōrero Pūrākau mo Te Awanui o Te Motu: story of New Zealand River” (2011) - Steinway Model D on this very special occasion.