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Composer/pianist 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 Musician’s 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, Dan spent several years traveling the world. In 1997, Dan re-established his reputation and career with his CD of New Zealand piano music called “you hit him he cry out” (Rattle Records) which won the Classical Award in the 1998 NZ Music Awards. A pianist and composer he is known as the champion of New Zealand music and is in significant demand throughout Australasia and Asia, especially for his solo piano performances and more recently, with the developing associations with New Zealand Soprano Deborah Wai Kapohe and German Soprano Sylvia Nopper.

Dan was chosen as the sole New Zealand representative to perform a concert of New Zealand music in June 1999 at the Sydney Opera House as part of the International Association of Music Information Centres’ Conference. Dan began 2001 with performances in the Chamber Music Festival in Nelson, and the Bangkok New Music Festival. During the year, he gave many concerts throughout New Zealand and also performed with Sylvia Nopper in Malaysia, New Zealand, Germany and Switzerland. He ended the year performing in India, Germany, London and to critical acclaim in the New Music New Zealand Festival in Edinburgh, and the Ijsbreker Festival in Amsterdam. In 2002 Dan toured under the auspices of Chamber Music New Zealand with both his solo programme and as part of the group Under Construction. He has also been involved in a number of recording projects. In 2003 Dan performs in the Sonorities Festival In Ireland followed by performances in Scotland, England, Germany and Switzerland along with various projects in New Zealand.

Source: Dan Poynton, September 2007

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