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Dan Poynton

Dan Poynton was born in Wellington, New Zealand. He has toured extensively as a solo artist throughout New Zealand, and has performed in a number of recording projects including the award winning series of piano music by Douglas Lilburn.

Recordings featuring Dan Poynton

Farr: Tangaroa
New Marimba Music, Solo and with Flute & Piano

MMT2058, Released 2008
 
Lilburn: Piano Music Vol 1
The complete piano music of Douglas Lilburn

MMT2053, Released 2004
 
Lilburn: Piano Music Vol 2
The complete piano music of Douglas Lilburn

MMT2054, Released 2004
 
Lilburn: Piano Music Vol 3
The complete piano music of Douglas Lilburn

MMT2067, Released 2011
 
Lilburn: Piano Music Vol 4
The complete piano music of Douglas Lilburn

MMT2068-69, Released 2012
 

Biography

Dan Poynton was born in Wellington, New Zealand. His first major musical recognition came while at school when he won the Composition Prize at the 1983 National Westpac School Music Competition. In 1986 he was a finalist in the TVNZ Young Musicians' Competition and the National Christchurch Concerto Competition. In 1988 he was awarded first prize in the National Kerikeri Piano Competition.

After study in New Zealand and postgraduate study in Australia, Poynton spent several years travelling the world. In 1997, he re-established his reputation and career with You Hit Him He Cry Out, a recording of New Zealand piano music which won the Classical Award in the 1998 New Zealand Music Awards.

Poynton is known as a champion of New Zealand piano music, particularly that of Douglas Lilburn. His performances have been in significant demand throughout Australasia, Asia and Europe for both solo piano recital programmes and appearances with the sopranos Deborah Wai Kapohe (New Zealand) and Sylvia Nopper (Germany). In 1999 he was chosen as the sole New Zealand representative to perform a concert of music at the Sydney Opera House as part of that year's International Association of Music Information Centres' Conference.

Poynton has performed in the Bangkok New Music Festival, the New Music New Zealand Festival in Edinburgh, the Sonorities Festival in Ireland and the Ijsbreker Festival in Amsterdam as well as in Malaysia, Germany, Switzerland, India, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Poynton has toured extensively as a solo artist throughout New Zealand, and has been involved in collaborations with other musicians - including Gareth Farr and Mark Menzies - and a number of recording projects. As well as a pianist he is also known as a composer, and his recitals have often included his own works. He has recorded Douglas Lilburn's piano music in its entirety.



Related News

  Lilburn: Volume 4, Reviewed on Radio New Zealand Concert
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