Michael Houstoun
Michael Houstoun - Archive

Here in the ARCHIVES pages you will find a variety of documents related to my professional life. There are texts of speeches, repertoire information, transcripts of interviews and other pieces of interest.

 

2016 Repertoire
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2015 Repertoire
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2014 Repertoire
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2013 Repertoire
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2012 Repertoire
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2011 Repertoire
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2010 Repertoire
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2009 Repertoire
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2008 Repertoire
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2007 Repertoire
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Graduation address upon receipt of honorary doctorate.

On 18 May (2011) I attended a graduation ceremony for the Victoria University of Wellington at which I was awarded an honorary doctorate of music. I played the piano and also delivered the following address.

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60th year of Chamber Music New Zealand's wonderful existence.

2010 marked the 60th year of Chamber Music New Zealand's wonderful existence.  There were a variety of celebrations and the actual birthday (dated from the first meeting resolving to establish an organisation to present and foster chamber music in NZ) was on 28 October.  That evening there was a Schubertiad concert in Wellington, and afterwards a party where I delivered the following speech.

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Towards an Interpretation - a lecture around the music of Schumann and Chopin.

Good morning everyone and welcome to Part 2 of this bicentennial celebration. Welcome to the music theatre at the University of Auckland, and welcome to my lecture on Schumann and Chopin. I have been smiling for months at the strange irony in this...

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All-Career Repertoire

In October 2007 my friend Jan Beck in Napier asked me if I could recall everything I had ever played. This document is the result of my effort to do just that...

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Focal Dystonia - An Outline of My History.

In 2000 I was forced off the stage by a strange affliction which affected my right hand. This was subsequently diagnosed as focal dystonia, a neurological condition seemingly without a cure. Not true!

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Dr Dale Speedy, wonderful man and my primary consultant through the 'battle' with FD, has written the following about his own observations.

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What I Do.
A job description courtesy of Sir James Paget, great-great-Grandfather of my friend Janion.

"To the scientific student there are new wonders everywhere. Let me tell the last I observed. Mademoiselle Janotha was so good as to play on the piano, at my request, one of the swiftest pieces of music known to her, a presto by Mendelssohn..."

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CMNZ-SSCM Competition speech 27/7/2007.

Good evening, everyone.
I think that the main reason that I have been asked to give this short speech tonight is not so much that I have been a contestant in this competition myself, but rather that I am still here...

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JUDGING PIANO PLAYING Speech 6/7/2006.

Good evening, everyone!
When I was asked to speak at this fine occasion Ian Munro was still the judge of the competition. I decided quite quickly that I would talk about the judging of pianists, but in a way that couldn’t be construed as trying to suggest to Ian how he should judge...

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Speech delivered on the occasion of receiving an honorary doctorate from Massey University 13/5/1999.

Kia ora. Greetings one and all.
My congratulations to those of you who are graduating this year. You are
the ones who have truly laboured for your degrees and diplomas. I really
should be playing background music to accompany your walk to the stage...

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Food for thought

 


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