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Donald Maurice

Performer, Commissioner


Donald Maurice is Professor of Music at Victoria University in New Zealand. He has presented at over a dozen International Viola Congresses and has given premieres of many solo and chamber works. In 2001 he was awarded the Silver Alto Clef by the International Viola Society, was made an Honorary Life Member of the American Viola Society in 2007, and in 2009 he gave the William Primrose Memorial Concert in Utah. He has performed for New Zealand diplomatic missions in Washington DC, New York, Ottawa, Berlin, Bangkok and Warsaw. In 2014 he was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

He has books published on Béla Bartók and Alfred Hill. “Bartók's Viola Concerto - The Remarkable Story of his Swansong” (Oxford) is recognized as an authoritative text. The award-winning CD of his live 2008 performance of Boris Pigovat's "Holocaust Requiem" has received high acclaim and he gave the German premiere of this work at the International Viola Congress in Wuerzburg in 2011.

His solo and chamber music discography includes Alfred Hill’s seventeen string quartets for Naxos with the Dominion String Quartet. “Home is Where…” features first recordings for viola and piano of music by Lilburn, Enescu and Pigovat. He is also featured with Dr Claudine Bigelow on the Tantara label, performing Bartok’s 44 Duos in their transcription for two violas, with a performer’s edition also released by Editio Musica Budapest in early 2016.

As a viola d’amorist he has performed in Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Poland and Thailand, and can be heard with Archi d’Amore Zelanda on Atoll Records.


Atoll 2016: Kimber, Bach, Paganini and de Fossa. Archi d’Amore Zelanda Naxos 2015: Alfred Hill Volume Six: Quartets 15, 16 & 17 Dominion String Quartet Naxos 2014: Alfred Hill Volume Five: Quartets 12-14. Dominion String Quartet Tantara 2013: Voices from the Past. Béla Bartók’s 44 Duos and Original Field Recordings. Claudine Bigelow and Donald Maurice. Tantara 7 14881 01562 1 Atoll 2013: Home is where …. Works by Douglas Lilburn, George Enescu and Boris Pigovat. Donald Maurice – viola and Richard Mapp – piano. ACD413 Atoll 2011: Douglas Lilburn, Masterworks for Strings. NZSM Chamber Players Naxos 2011: Alfred Hill Volume Four: Quartets 10, 11 & Life Quintet. Dominion String Quartet and Richard Mapp Atoll 2010: “Requiem”. Works by Boris Pigovat, with the Vector Wellington Orchestra, Richard Mapp, Carolyn Mills and the Dominion String Quartet Naxos 2009: Alfred Hill Volume Three: Quartets 5, 7 & 9. Dominion String Quartet Naxos 2009: New Zealand Piano Quartet – Early Beethoven Quartets Naxos 2008: Alfred Hill Volume Two: Quartets 4, 6 & 8. Dominion String Quartet Naxos 2007: Alfred Hill Volume One: Quartets 1, 2 & 3. Dominion String Quartet – Kiwi Pacific 2007: Anthony Ritchie Chamber Works Hill Records 2002 – New Zealand Piano Quartet. Works by Richard Strauss and Alfred Hill Hill Records 2001: Tribute to Jack Speirs. Donald Maurice plays unaccompanied works by Peter Platt, John Elmsly and a concerto by Alfred Hill.

Commissioned (4)

Piece for Viola and Rubbish Tin

for viola and rubbish tin


for viola, 5m

Tunnel Vision

for viola and tape

Viola Sonata

for viola and piano, 25m