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Donald Maurice

Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand)
Donald Maurice has performed internationally for over four decades as viola soloist, chamber musician and conductor, and has given world premieres of many compositions. He has been awarded the Silver Alto Clef by the International Viola Society, honorary life membership of the American Viola Society, and in 2007 he gave the William Primrose Memorial Concert at Brigham Young University. In 2014 he was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

His recording of “Requiem - The Holocaust” by Boris Pigovat earned high praise from Fanfare Magazine and a Supersonic award from Pizzicato Magazine. In 2011 he gave its German premiere in Wuerzburg. His Naxos recordings of Alfred Hill’s 17 string quartets with the Dominion Quartet are broadcast regularly around the world. He has also recorded for Atoll, Kiwi Pacific, Naxos and Tantara.

His book, Bartók’s Viola Concerto, published in 2004 by Oxford University Press, is recognized as an authoritative text and his edition of the Leipzig Diaries of Alfred Hill 1887-1891, along with the quartet recordings, have redefined the history of early NZ music.

Since 2015 Donald has devoted his energies to the viola d’amore and has recorded works by Bach, Paganini, de Fossa, Kimber, Vivaldi, Graupner and NZ composers Michael Williams and David Hamilton. In the week preceding the 45th International Viola Congress he is filming a music video in Poland on concertos by Graupner featuring the viola d’amore.

Donald hosted the 29th and 44th International Viola Congresses in New Zealand in 2001 and 2017.