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Professor Terence Dennis

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MNZM FNZAH FRSNZ,
Blair Professor and William Evans Professor
Konzertexamen (Staatliche Hochschule für Musik, Cologne), MusB(Hons) Otago
Joined the staff in 1981

Coordinator of Classical Music Performance

Tel 64 3 479 8904/479 8885
Email terence.dennis@otago.ac.nz

Research Expertise

  • Piano performance and pedagogy
  • Collaborative piano/accompaniment

Student Successes

  • Since 1981 piano performance students have pursued postgraduate courses with success at leading tertiary training institutions in Britain, Europe, Australia and the United States. They have included major prizewinners in national competitions and recipients of noted International scholarships.

Other Musical and Community activities

  • Recital Partner for many prestigious international artists visiting NZ
  • Pianist of the University of Otago Trio
  • Official Pianist for the NZ Mobil/Lexus Song Quest Finals and Winners Tours, since 1991
  • Official Pianist for seven international string competitions
  • Trustee of the Dame Kiri te Kanawa International Foundation
  • Staff member 2009/2010 at the Solti-Te Kanawa Accademia di Belcanto, Castiglione della Pescaia, Italy
  • Dunedin Chair of the NZ Wagner Society
  • Dunedin Chair of Chamber Music NZ

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Publications

Dennis, T. (piano), McGrath, T. (piano), & Petersen, T. (violin) (2018, 2 May). Department of Music Showcase Series: Debussy 100th: Late Masterworks, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

du Plessis, H. (cello), & Dennis, T. (piano) (2017, 18 June). Keys and Colours: G is the Key: An exploration of sound colours associated with key signatures, featuring works by Bach, Beethoven, Eccles, Ravel and Fauré, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Dennis, T. (piano) (2017, 3 December). Recital (3 December), at the CAL Performances with Simon O'Neill featuring works by Beethoven, Donizetti, Rossini, Wagner, Strauss, Mozart, and Cilea, Hertz Hall, Berkeley, USA. [Performance].

Dennis, T. (piano), McGrath, T. (piano), & Petersen, T. (violin) (2017, 20 August). Department of Music Showcase Series: Finnish Focus, featuring works by Sibelius, Kilpinen, Glazunov, and Busoni, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Petersen, T. (violin), du Plessis, H. (cello), Dennis, T. (piano), & Gendall, C. (conductor) (2017, 13 September). Department of Music Showcase Series: Meet the 2017 Mozart Fellow: Chris Gendall, in Conversazione format, Chris Gendall, discusses his new compositions with Anthony Ritchie, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Performance

Dennis, T. (piano), McGrath, T. (piano), & Petersen, T. (violin) (2018, 2 May). Department of Music Showcase Series: Debussy 100th: Late Masterworks, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

du Plessis, H. (cello), & Dennis, T. (piano) (2017, 18 June). Keys and Colours: G is the Key: An exploration of sound colours associated with key signatures, featuring works by Bach, Beethoven, Eccles, Ravel and Fauré, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Petersen, T. (violin), du Plessis, H. (cello), Dennis, T. (piano), & Gendall, C. (conductor) (2017, 13 September). Department of Music Showcase Series: Meet the 2017 Mozart Fellow: Chris Gendall, in Conversazione format, Chris Gendall, discusses his new compositions with Anthony Ritchie, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Dennis, T. (piano), McGrath, T. (piano), & Petersen, T. (violin) (2017, 20 August). Department of Music Showcase Series: Finnish Focus, featuring works by Sibelius, Kilpinen, Glazunov, and Busoni, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Dennis, T. (piano) (2017, 3 December). Recital (3 December), at the CAL Performances with Simon O'Neill featuring works by Beethoven, Donizetti, Rossini, Wagner, Strauss, Mozart, and Cilea, Hertz Hall, Berkeley, USA. [Performance].

Dennis, T. (piano) (2017, 12 April). Jonathan Lemalu in Concert: Songs in the Key of Life, featuring works by Gershwin, Copland, Rogers & Hammerstein, Dunedin Town Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Ryan, R. (soprano), & Dennis, T. (piano) (2017, 3 May). Department of Music Showcase Series: 18th Century Operatic Rarities, featuring arias by Handel, Bach, and Mozart, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

du Plessis, H. (cello), & Dennis, T. (piano) (2017, 29 March). Department of Music Showcase Series: Music of J. S. Bach & Beethoven, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Dennis, T. (piano), McGrath, T. (piano), & Van Buskirk, J. (piano) (2017, 22 March). Lunchtime Concerts: Schubert: Masterworks for four hands, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

du Plessis, H. (cello), & Dennis, T. (piano) (2017, 26 July). Department of Music Showcase Series: Works by Eccles and Fauré, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Dennis, T. (piano), & du Plessis, H. (cello) (2017, 26 April). Department of Music Showcase Series: 19th Century French Flute Music, chamber music for flute, piano and cello with Luca Manghi, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Dennis, T. (piano) (2016, 13 March). Dame Kiri Te Kanawa New Zealand Festival of the Arts Gala Concert, with Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir performing works by Heggie ("Newer every Day” song-cycle), Mozart, Brahms, Schubert, Fauré, Strauss, and Pai, Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, New Zealand. [Performance].

Dennis, T. (piano) (2016, 24 July). Lexus Song Quest: Masterclass, presented by The Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation, Auckland Town Hall, Auckland, New Zealand. [Performance].

du Plessis, H. (cello), & Dennis, T. (piano) (2016, 3 October). Cellists Aotearoa: A Sound Sensation (3 October), Glenroy Auditorium, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Dennis, T. (piano) (2016, 16 July). Lexus Song Quest: Semi-Finals Concert 1, St Andrew's on the Terrace, Wellington, New Zealand. [Performance].

Dennis, T. (piano) (2016, 7, 10, 16, 19, 22 March). Dame Kiri Te Kanawa New Zealand Tour, Isaac Theatre Royal, Civic Theatre, Gisborne Memorial Theatre, Baycourt Art Centre, and the ASB Marlborough Theatre, Christchurch, Invercargill, Gisborne, Tauranga, and Blenheim, New Zealand. [Performance].

Dennis, T. (piano) (2016, 13, 28, 30 October). Dame Kiri Te Kanawa New Zealand and Australian Tour, Aotea Centre, Ulumbarra Theatre, and Her Majesty's Theatre, Auckland, New Zealand, Bendigo, Australia, and Ballarat, Australia. [Performance].

Manghi, L. (flute), Dennis, T. (piano), Petersen, T. (violin), & Du Plessis, H. (cello) (2016, 4, 5 November). The Bel Canto Flute: Music for Flute and Strings, works by Mozart, Viotti, Mercadante, Rabboni, Paganini and Lovreglio, Marama Hall, St Paul's Cathedral, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Dennis, T. (piano), Van Buskirk, J. (piano), & Petersen, T. (violin) (2016, 21 April). Gala concert to celebrate the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, presented by the Victoria League in Otago for Commonwealth Friendship, Dunedin Club, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Dennis, T. (piano) (2016, 23 July). Lexus Song Quest: Grand Final Gala, performing works by Lilburn, Strauss, Schubert, Schönberg, Britten, Poulenc, and Ibert, Auckland Town Hall, Auckland, New Zealand. [Performance].

Dennis, T. (piano) (2016, 17 July). Lexus Song Quest: Semi-Finals Concert 2, St Andrew's on the Terrace, Wellington, New Zealand. [Performance].

Dennis, T. (piano), & Du Plessis, H. (cello) (2016, 4 May). Department of Music Showcase Series: Wagner and Son, with Luca Manghi (flute), performing works by Richard Wagner and Siegfried Wagner, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Du Plessis, H. (cello), & Dennis, T. (piano) (2015, 30 September). Department of Music Showcase Series: Malaga to Madagascar: A Musical Travelogue: Spanish music for cello and piano, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Neale, E. (performer), Petersen, T. (violin), & Dennis, T. (piano) (2015, 8 May). Salutes to Seven Poets by Douglas Lilburn, at the Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival, St Paul's Cathedral, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Bellingham, J. (performer), Dennis, T. (piano), McGrath, T. (piano), & Du Plessis, H. (cello) (2015, 1 April). Department of Music Showcase Series: Novelties and Rarities to Commemorate the Day: Colonial Novelties and French Rarities, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Petersen, T. (violin), & Dennis, T. (piano) (2015, 20 May). Department of Music Showcase Series: Lilburn Commemorative Concert 1915-2015, with music by Alex Taylor and Jeremy Mayall, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Dennis, T. (piano), & McGrath, T. (piano) (2015, March 11). Department of Music Showcase Series: The Year 1915: Echoes of the Great War, featuring works by Debussy, Hahn, and Casella, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Dennis, T. (piano) (2015, 22 April). Department of Music Showcase Series: Gallipoli 2015 Commemoration Concert, featuring works by Ritchie and Lilburn, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Dennis, T. (piano), & McGrath, T. (piano) (2015, 19 August). Department of Music Showcase Series: Waltzes from Vienna, featuring works by Schubert, Brahms, Strauss and Ravel, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Dennis, T. (piano) (2014, 26 July ). Lexus Song Quest Final: The Voices of Tomorrow, works by Schubert, Strauss, Rachmaninoff, Howells, and Moore, Auckland Town Hall, Auckland, New Zealand. [Performance].

Dennis, T. (piano) (2014, 2 April). Department of Music Showcase Series: Le Bel Âge: A Matinée of Massenet, featuring Rosamund Illing, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Dennis, T. (piano), & McGrath, T. (piano) (2014, 30 November). Department of Music Showcase Series: In Black and White: Resonances of the Great War, works by Debussy, Ravel, Hahn, Busoni and Casella, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Dennis, T. (piano) (2014, 6, 10-11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 24, 29 May, 1, 3 June). 70th Birthday Gala Australia and New Zealand Tour with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (6, 10-11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 24, 29 May, 1, 3 June), works by Scarlatti, Vivaldi, Handel, Mozart, Puccini, Granados, Obradors, Canteloube, Hahn, Poulenc, & Heggie, Civic Theatre, Melbourne Recital Theatre, Perth Concert Hall, Llewellyn Hall, Adelaide Festival Theatre, Sydney Opera House, Aotea Centre, TSB Showplace, Dunedin Town Hall, and the Napier Municipal Theatre , Rotorua, New Zealand, Melbourne, Perth, Canberra, Sydney Australia, Auckland, New Plymouth, Dunedin, and Napier, New Zealand. [Performance].

Dennis, T. (piano) (2014, 23 August). Music by Georg Tintner: Recovering Forbidden Voices: Responding to the suppression of music in World War Two, presented by Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music & Victoria University of Wellington with Martin Riseley (violin), St Andrew's on The Terrace, Wellington, New Zealand. [Performance].

Dennis, T. (piano) (2014, 30 August). Otobukai recital with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (30 August), works by Granados, Obradors, Puccini, Poulenc, Rodgers & Hammerstein, & Lloyd Webber, Yukashiji Temple, Nara, Japan. [Performance].

Petersen, T. (violin), Du Plessis, H. (cello), & Dennis, T. (piano) (2013, 16 November). TriOtago Focus on France: Works by Fauré and Debussy, Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka, New Zealand. [Performance].

Petersen, T. (violin), Du Plessis, H. (cello), & Dennis, T. (piano) (2013, 10 November). Department of Music Showcase Series: TriOtago Focus on France: Works by Fauré and Debussy, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

du Plessis, H. (cello), & Dennis, T. (piano) (2013, 26 September). Te Kōkī: New Zealand School of Music Concert: Works for Cello, with Yoshiko Tsuruta (marimba), Adam Concert Room, Wellington, New Zealand. [Performance].

Dennis, T. (piano) (2013, 27 March). A evening with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, works by Mozart, Puccini, Liszt, Guastavino, Ginastera, Cullen, Britten, Gershwin, Copland, and Heggie, Oamaru Opera House, Oamaru, New Zealand. [Performance].

Du Plessis, H. (cello), Dennis, T. (piano), & Van Buskirk, J. (piano) (2013, 17 April). Department of Music Showcase Series: Britten 100 Festival: Centenary Commemorative Year Lunchtime Concert I: Chamber music for two pianos & cello & piano, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Dennis, T. (piano) (2013, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23 March). Dame Kiri Te Kanawa: Australian Recital Tour, works by Mozart, Puccini, Liszt, Guastavino, Ginastera, Gershwin, Cullen, Britten, Copland, and Heggie, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Gold Coast Arts Centre, The Glasshouse, Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Princess Theatre, Burnie Arts and Function Centre, Theatre Royal, and Her Majesty's Theatre, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Port Macquarie, Sydney, Launceston, Burnie, Hobart, and Ballarat, Australia. [Performance].

Dennis, T. (piano) (2012, 30 August). Lexus Song Quest Final: The Voices of Tomorrow, performing works by Schubert, Duparc, Wolf, Strauss and Chausson, Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, New Zealand. [Performance].

du Plessis, H. (cello), & Dennis, T. (piano) (2012, 18 March). Cello & Piano Recital, works by Beethoven, Debussy and Britten, Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka, New Zealand. [Performance].

Dennis, T. (piano) (2012, 26 April). Dame Kiri in recital with tenor Benjamin Makisi, works by Canteloube, Cilea, Bizet, Charpentier, Puccini, Bernstein, Andersson, Guastavino, Ginastera and Heggie, Rotorua Civic Theatre, Rotorua, New Zealand. [Performance].

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Dennis, T. (2011, June-July). Liszt Year 2011: Liszt-Busoni “Ad nos, ad salutarem undam”: A masterwork revived. Lecture recital at the 3rd World Piano Conference, Novi Sad, Serbia.

Dennis, T., & Brendel, R. (2011, February). Seven sonnets of Michelangelo: Benjamin Britten. Verbal presentation at the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (ANZAMEMS) 8th Biennial International Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Dennis, T. (2011, January). The young Chopin: Genesis of romanticism. Verbal presentation at the Institute of Registered Music Teachers of New Zealand Conference: Southern Gold, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Dennis, T. (2009, May). A potent symbiosis: The piano works of Wagner and late-Liszt. Verbal presentation and recital European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA) World Piano Conference, Novi Sad, Serbia.

Dennis, T. (2009, July). A potent symbiosis: The piano works of Wagner and late-Liszt. Verbal presentation and recital 9th Australian Piano Pedagogy Conference: Expanding Musical Thinking, Sydney, Australia.

Dennis, T. (2009, February). A potent symbiosis: The piano works of Wagner and late-Liszt. Verbal presentation at the Performance as Research: Department of Music Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

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