NZSO: Rachmaninov with Joyce Yang

Praised for her ‘poetic and sensitive pianism’ and ‘wondrous sense of colour’, pianist Joyce Yang has been impressing critics and audiences alike since the age of 19.

In her NZSO debut, Yang performs Sergei Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor. Famously difficult, this concerto demands an extraordinary technical virtuosity and an ability to realise the poetry at the heart of this lush and layered score.

Rachmaninov’s elegiac masterpiece, Vocalise, evokes a yearning angst deep in the composer that he must have felt even more keenly after fleeing Russia and the October Revolution. Soprano Madison Nonoa, finalist in the 2016 Lexus Song Quest, sings this achingly gorgeous song.

The Russian master described his Symphonic Dances as ‘my last spark’ and these dazzling dances have since become an orchestral favourite. Under the brilliant direction of Maestro Edo de Waart, it’s easy to hear why.

Edo de Waart - Conductor
Joyce Yang - Piano
Madison Nonoa - Soprano

RACHMANINOV - Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor
RACHMANINOV - Symphonic Dances


The NZSO has been working with Claudelands Arena to improve the concert experience for audience members. Based on audience feedback, we are making some adjustments to the seating and stage area by bringing the Orchestra closer to the audience, and changing the seating plan to include more raised seating. This change will take effect from the NZSO Bold Worlds concert on July 6th, and will remain in effect for the remaining concerts of our 2017 season. If you are an NZSO subscriber, you should have already received information about this change. If you have any questions, please get in touch with


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