Your cart

Shipping and discount codes are added at checkout.


Diedre Irons



Diedre Irons is one of New Zealand’s most distinguished performing musicians.

After receiving qualifications from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, and the University of Manitoba, Canadian-born Irons took a Diploma in Performance from the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, under Rudolf Serkin and Miczslaw Horzowski. A graduate of the Curtis Institute, she was also on the staff there for nine years. She taught at Canterbury University from 1992 until 2003.

She has performed extensively in many countries as a soloist in concerti, as a recitalist, and as a member of renowned chamber music ensembles. In NZ she has collaborated with Jan Tawroszewics, Alexander Ivashkin, Michael Houston, and the New Zealand String Quartet. Diedre Irons’ overseas collaborations include the Kodaly, the Kocian and the Latin American String Quartets. Between 1984 and 1991 she toured in 25 countries with the Slovenian violinist Miha Pogacnik, giving concerts and piano master classes, and representing New Zealand in intercultural festivals through the Institute for the Development of Intercultural Relations through the Arts. In 1989 she was awarded an MBE for services to music. In 2007 she was awarded the degree of Doctor of Music (honoris causa) from Brandon University in Manitoba, Canada, "in recognition of outstanding contributions in the world of music through superlative achievement as a talented, dedicated and passionate pianist". In the 2011 Queen's Birthday Honours, she was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to music.

Major projects during the past decade include performing the complete works for piano trio of Beethoven with the Canterbury Trio in 1995, the complete works of Brahms for piano and strings in 1995, and in 1996, Shostakovich’s complete works for piano and strings in 1996.

In May and June 2003 Diedre Irons was guest pianist with the New Zealand String Quartet; between February and November she performed all five Beethoven Concerti with the Christchurch Symphony, for later release on CD.

Performances (1)

Martinborough Music Festival

Featuring: Wilma Smith, violin Diedre Irons, piano Mark Walton, clarinet Amalia H...