Andrew Leathwick (piano)

Andrew Leathwick (piano)

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ABOUT THIS ARTIST

Andrew Leathwick is a pianist and composer. He teaches piano at the University of Waikato, as a teaching fellow. Andrew began piano lessons at the age of nine. In 2010, he began studying piano with Katherine Austin at the University of Waikato, where he completed the requirements for a Master of Music with First Class Honours in 2014. While at the University of Waikato, Andrew was the winner of many awards and competitions, including the University of Waikato Cultural and Arts Person of the Year Award, the University of Waikato Concerto Competition, the University of Waikato Lilburn Trust Composition Awards, and the Sir Edmund Hillary Medal. In 2013, Andrew won the New Zealand National Concerto Competition with his performance of Prokofiev's Third Piano Concerto, also receiving the Junior Jury Prize and Audience Choice Award. In 2015 and 2016, Andrew studied piano at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in Melbourne with Timothy Young. There he performed with artists including Kathryn Stott and Anthony Marwood, and received the Ursula Hoff Institute Prize for outstanding performance in an ANAM recital. Wilma has commissioned Andrew to write a piano quartet especially for this tour as she feels his compositional style is original while being very accessible and appealing.

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