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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 or +64 3 479 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. (performer), McGrath, T. (performer), Romano, T. (performer), & Ritchie, A. (performer) (2021, 1 December). John Ritchie at 100: A memorial concert, music by alumnus, John Ritchie and musical decidations by Philip Norman, Ken Young, Anthony Ritchie, Julie Johnson and William Green, Marama Hall, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Romano, T. (mezzo-soprano), & Dennis, T. (piano) (2021, 22 September). Music Programme Showcase: Meet the Mozart Fellow: Kenneth Young, in conversazione format, with School of Performing Arts staff, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Romano, T. (mezzo-soprano), & Dennis, T. (piano) (2021, 28 July). Music Programme Showcase: Spain in View, a programme of music from Spain, Portugal and Central and South America, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Kapohe, D. W. (soprano), Romano, T. (mezzo-soprano), McCormick, A. (vocalist), Thompson-Holloway, H. (vocalist), du Plessis, H. (cello), Dennis, T. (piano), & McGrath, T. (piano) (2021, 11 August). Music Programme Showcase: From Bach to Broadway, with classical and contemporary staff of the School of Performing Arts, works by Bach, Buchanan, Délibes, Bizet-Hammerstein, Mitchell, Bareilles, Brown, Wright/Frankel/Korie, and Sondheim, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

du Plessis, H. (cello), & Dennis, T. (piano) (2020, 9 September). Musical Matinée, premiere of John Drummond Sonata for Cello and Piano (1918), Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

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.

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.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

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.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

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.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

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.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

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.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Dennis, T. (performer), McGrath, T. (performer), Romano, T. (performer), & Ritchie, A. (performer) (2021, 1 December). John Ritchie at 100: A memorial concert, music by alumnus, John Ritchie and musical decidations by Philip Norman, Ken Young, Anthony Ritchie, Julie Johnson and William Green, Marama Hall, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Performance

Kapohe, D. W. (soprano), Romano, T. (mezzo-soprano), McCormick, A. (vocalist), Thompson-Holloway, H. (vocalist), du Plessis, H. (cello), Dennis, T. (piano), & McGrath, T. (piano) (2021, 11 August). Music Programme Showcase: From Bach to Broadway, with classical and contemporary staff of the School of Performing Arts, works by Bach, Buchanan, Délibes, Bizet-Hammerstein, Mitchell, Bareilles, Brown, Wright/Frankel/Korie, and Sondheim, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Performance

Romano, T. (mezzo-soprano), & Dennis, T. (piano) (2021, 22 September). Music Programme Showcase: Meet the Mozart Fellow: Kenneth Young, in conversazione format, with School of Performing Arts staff, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Performance

Romano, T. (mezzo-soprano), & Dennis, T. (piano) (2021, 28 July). Music Programme Showcase: Spain in View, a programme of music from Spain, Portugal and Central and South America, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Performance

du Plessis, H. (cello), & Dennis, T. (piano) (2020, 9 September). Musical Matinée, premiere of John Drummond Sonata for Cello and Piano (1918), Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Performance

Romano, T. (mezzo-soprano), & Dennis, T. (piano) (2020, 18 March). Music Programme Showcase Series, premiere of S. Wellington (USA) "Beholden", and works by Copland, Barber and Harris, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Performance

Romano, T. (mezzo-soprano), & Dennis, T. (piano) (2020, 22 July). Music Programme Showcase Series: French Cleopatras, works by Massenet, Debussy, and Berlioz, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Performance

Adams, P. (music director, conductor), Dennis, T. (music director, piano), Ritchie, A. (music director, conductor), Petersen, T. (orchestra leader, soloist, violin), Du Plessis, H. (orchestra leader, soloist, cello), Kalogeropoulou, S. (choreographer), Bellingham, J. (vocalist), & Cattermole, J. (taonga pūoro) (2019, 2 June). A celebration of Otago in words and music, with the 150th Gala Concert Orchestra, City Choir Dunedin and Southern Concert of Voices, Dunedin Town Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Performance

Dennis, T. (pianist) (2019, 27 January). Titus Art Song Recital, with Simon O'Neill, for the Dallas Opera, featuring works by Beethoven, Wagner, Schumann & Strauss, Moody Performance Hall, Dallas, TX. [Performance].

Performance

Dennis, T. (piano), McGrath, T. (piano), Petersen, T. (concertmaster, first violin), & du Plessis, H. (principal cello) (2019, 28 June). Dunedin Symphony Orchestra: Tecwyn, Terence, and Tom: Celebrating Matariki [International Series], works by Adams, Poulenc, and Brahms, Dunedin Town Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Performance

Leese, A. (soprano), du Plessis, H. (cello), & Dennis, T. (piano) (2019, 10 April). Lunchtime concert at Marama Hall: French vocal and instrumental music, works by Saint-Saens, Debussy, and Poulenc, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Performance

Romano, T. (mezzo soprano), Ritchie, A. (piano), Petersen, T. (violin), du Plessis, H. (cello), Dennis, T. (piano), & McGrath, T. (piano) (2019, 29 September). Philip Neill Memorial Prize in Music Concert, works by Lilburn, Ritchie, Adams, Buchanan, Holmes, Varaine, Mayall, and Newall, St Paul's Cathedral, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Performance

Romano, T. (mezzo-soprano), & Dennis, T. (piano) (2019, 22 February). In Recital, works by Mozart, Poulenc, Grieg, Harbison, and Malloy, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Performance

Romano, T. (mezzo-soprano), & Dennis, T. (piano) (2019, 8 September). Inaugural Recital: Tessa Romano, works by Grieg, Poulenc, Harbison, Harris, and Berlioz, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Performance

Dennis, T. (piano), & McGrath, T. (piano) (2018, 29 September). Arts Festival Dunedin: Olveston at Six: Schumann's Voices, works by Brahms and C. Schumann, Olveston, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Performance

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

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].

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].

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].

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].

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].

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].

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].

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].

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

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].

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].

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].

Performance

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

Performance

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

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].

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].

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].

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].

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].

Performance

du Plessis, H. (cello, producer), & Dennis, T. (piano) (2016, 3 October). Cellists Aotearoa: A Sound Sensation, multimedia concert with Pieter du Plessis (photography), including world premiere of works by Anthony Ritchie, Trevor Coleman and Corwin Newall, Glenroy Auditorium, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

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].

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].

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].

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].

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].

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].

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].

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].

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