Michael Houstoun

Michael Houstoun
 

Michael Houstoun

 
 

 

A household name in New Zealand for more than 35 years, Michael Houstoun is simply New Zealand’s most respected and loved classical musician. His commitment to promoting excellence in New Zealand repertoire, sees our paths increasingly intertwined in recent and upcoming Rattle releases.

Raised on a farm in New Zealand, he studied with Maurice Till in the South Island. After winning every significant prize for pianists in the country by age 18, he was a major prize winner at three of the world's leading piano competitions: Van Cliburn (1973), Leeds Piano (1975), and the Tchaikovsky Competition (1982). Following his early international successes, he lived in London and in the US, appearing in Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Carnegie, furthering his study, and recording for EMI. 

In the 80s, Michael Houstoun decided to devote his life to music in his native land. His restless creativity, his seeking of new challenges, and his giving back to the culture that nurtured him, has confirmed is stature as New Zealand's finest musician. He has performed regularly with every professional orchestra in New Zealand, and is equally prominent as a recitalist and chamber music collaborator. He makes a point of frequently appearing with small groups and travelling to smaller centres - giving generously of his time to help spread the love of music and promote high musical standards.

In his career so far, Michael Houstoun has: performed and recorded the 32 piano sonatas of Beethoven; worked with conductors Eduardo Mata, Neville Marriner, Franz Paul Decker and Alexander Lazarev;  and worked closely with leading New Zealand composers such as John Psathas. Michael’s first outing with Rattle was on John’s award winning debut Rhythm Spike. Since then he has followed this up by featuring extensively on John’s View From Olympus concerto album. While much of Michael’s reputation has been built on traditional piano repertoire, more recently he has been increasingly heard performing New Zealand music. This recent focus forms the basis of Inland (Best Classical Album, 2008) and Lilburn (Best Classical Album, 2013).

For more information, visit michaelhoustoun.co.nz

 

 

Albums

 
 
Rhythm Spike

John Psathas
 
  
 
View From Olympus

John Psathas
 
  
 
Inland

Michael Houstoun
 
  
 
Lilburn

Michael Houstoun
 
 
 
Beethoven Piano
Sonatas

Michael Houstoun
 
  
 
Between Darkness
and Light

Jenny Wollerman
Michael Houstoun
 
  
 
Concerti

Rodger Fox Big Band
 
  
 
24 Tone Clocks

Jenny McLeod
 
 
Diabelli Variations

Michael Houstoun
 
  
 
Trois

Michael Houstoun