Michael Houstoun is retiring later this year after a career spanning more than 40 years. Photo: Supplied.

Piano virtuoso hangs up his fingers


Nelsonians have one last chance next month to hear one of the country’s most respected pianists in action.

After almost 50 years as a professional musician, Michael Houstoun says he has decided to retire, “hang up my fingers”, and begin a new phase of his life.

Michael was a patron of the Nelson School of Music for many years and has been a great supporter of music in the region. So, it is only fitting that he plays one of his last concerts at the Nelson Centre for Musical Arts.

“For a while I thought I would not say anything and just quietly fade away – still an attractive option,” he says.

“But my musical life has been given to me by my beautiful New Zealand audience and it only seems right to let them know.”

He plays from a large repertoire which stretches from J.S. Bach to the present day, including 40 concertos and chamber music.

Robyn Sheves of the NCMA says it will be Nelson’s last chance to hear Michael perform here and is “not to be missed”.

Michael is performing as part of NCMA’s new Celebration Series; a new season of concerts over the autumn and winter months.

“Each concert will be the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon and audience members will be able to relax and enjoy performances featuring wonderful local and national musicians,” Robyn says.

Michael Houstoun in concert at the NCMA on March 10 at 3.30pm. Tickets from NCMA and TicketDirect ph. 548 9477.