Te Kōkī Trio



Te Kōkī Trio:
Martin Riseley (violin)
Inbal Megiddo (cello)
Jian Liu (piano)

For their debut release on Rattle, Te Kōkī Trio has chosen a programme of some of the most beautiful small-scale chamber music ever written, 50 minutes of sublime Debussy.

More info to come





RAT-D069 (June, 2017)

Produced by Dave Lisik
Recorded and mixed by Dr. David Lisik
Mastered by Steve Garden
Design by UnkleFranc
Printing by Studio Q





Violin Sonata in G Minor
01  i. Allegro Vivo (5:20)
02  ii. Intermède: Fantasque et léger (4:54)
03  iii. Finale: Très animé (4:48)
Cello Sonata in D Minor
04  i. Prologue: Lent, sostenuto e molto risoluto (4:49)
05  ii. Sérénade: Modérément animé (3:43)
06  iii. Finale: Animé, léger et nerveux (3:47)
Piano Trio in G Major
07  i. Andantino con moto allegro (10:42)
08  ii. Scherzo - Intermezzo: Moderato con allegro (4:10)
09  iii. Andante Espressivo (4:15)
10  iv. Finale: Appassionato (6:50)

      Total playing time: 00:00






New Zealand violinist Martin Riseley won the TVNZ 1988 Young Musicians Competition and went on to study at Juilliard with Dorothy DeLay, where he completed Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts Degrees. He was subsequently Concertmaster of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra for fifteen years, where he performed and premiered a large number of concertos. He has played chamber music with some of the leading musicians of our time, including Pinchas Zukerman, Yo Yo Ma and John Kimura Parker, and has held other concertmaster positions, including Interim Associate Concertmaster of the National Arts Center Orchestra, under music director Pinchas Zukerman.

Since returning to New Zealand to be Head of Strings at the New Zealand School of Music, Martin has premiered John Corigliano’s Red Violin Chaconne, given performances throughout the country of the complete Paganini Caprices, and teamed up with Diedre Irons for regular recitals, including Chamber Music New Zealand. He has also made the first CD recordings of some important chamber works of Douglas Lilburn and Meditations on Michelangelo by Jack Body.


Cellist Inbal Megiddo began her cello studies at the age of two, and gave her first performances a year later. At the age of six, she was a recipient of the America Israel Cultural Foundation scholarship, under the patronage of Isaac Stern. She also won the William Waite Concerto Competition, the Max Varon Fund competition, and was selected by the Stradivari Society as arising star. She holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from Yale University, where she studied with Professor Aldo Parisot.

Inbal taught at Yale University for five years as assistant to Aldo Parisot, and has given master classes at the Royal Academy of Music in Dublin, University of North Texas, University of North Carolina, the La Salle School for the Arts, the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, Dublin International Master Classes Festival, the Israel Cello Festival. She has received many awards and prizes.

A champion of contemporary compositions, Inbal has made a recording of Israeli composer Hanna Levy's works, a recording of works by Douglas Lilburn, and premiered works of composers including Ezra Laderman, Dave Brubeck, and Ofer Ben Amots. She has also regularly recorded and performed with the Grammy Award nominated group, The Yale Cellos. Other recent and upcoming engagements include performances with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the Lithuanian Philharmonic Society, and concerts at the Lincoln Center in New York and at the Israel Music Festival.


Chinese-American pianist Jian Liu, coordinator of classical piano study at the New Zealand School of Music, is a highly sought-after solo pianist, chamber musician, and educator. He has appeared on concert stages in China, Japan, Portugal, Switzerland, Ukraine, and the United States, and with the Symphony Orchestra of National Philharmonic Society of Ukraine, Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, Scottsdale Symphony Orchestra, and Chandler Symphony Orchestra. His performances have been broadcast by various TV and radio stations, including KPHO (CBS) in Phoenix, Arizona, CCTV in China, Suisse Romande Radio in Switzerland, and Radio NZ in New Zealand. Phoenix New Times praised Mr. Liu’s playing as if “his life, and yours, depends upon his perfect execution”.

As a chamber musician, Jian has featured alongside many other world-class musicians, such as cellist Jian Wang, clarinetist David Shifrin, flutist Ransom Wilson, Boston Symphony Orchestra cellist Alexandre Lecarme, and Yale Department of Music violinist Sarita Kwok. In 2011, he performed four concerts with violinist Martin Riseley and flutist Alexa Still in Palmerston North, New Plymouth, Nelson, and Invercargill.

As an educator, Jian has given masterclasses and lectures at the Central Conservatory of Music and Qingdao University in China, as well as at Wellesley College, East Carolina University, and Yale University in the United States. From 2008 to 2010, he served as the faculty collaborative pianist at the Yale School of Music, and appointed as an instructor at Yale Department of Music. Jian earned his Bachelor of Music in Piano and Bachelor of Science in Business from Arizona State University, as well as both Master of Music and Master of Musical Arts from Yale School of Music. He is currently finishing his Doctor of Musical Arts at Yale School of Music under the tutelage of Claude Frank.


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