Warkworth Town Hall 

5:00 pm


These three exceptional pianists who are top students at the Music Department of the University of Auckland will each give a piano recital ending with a rousing piece for six hands.


Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in D major, K. 119
Keyboard Sonata in A minor, K. 175 – Sara Lee (6 min)

Franz Liszt: Sonetto 104 del Petrarca, S. 161, No. 5 (Années de pèlerinage, Deuxième Année: Italie) – Sara Lee (7 min)

Wagner/Liszt: Isoldens Liebestod: Schußszene aus Tristan und Isolde, S447 – Modi Deng (7 min)

Sergei Rachmaninov: Études-Tableaux, Op. 33 – Siyu Sun (25 min)



Frédéric Chopin: Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Scherzo: Molto vivace
- Modi Deng (14 min)

Astor Piazzolla: Libertango for solo piano – Sara Lee (4 min)

Mendelssohn/Rachmaninov: Scherzo from Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 61 – Modi Deng (4.5 min)

Nikolai Kapustin: Variations for Piano, Op. 41 – Sara Lee (7 min)

Xaver Scharwenka - Polish Dance, Op. 3, No. 1
Arranged for 6 hands by Fritz Kirchner (5 min)


Siyu Sun (20) is currently studying with Dr. Rae de Lisle at The University of Auckland. She was the fourth prize winner of the 2017 Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition in Brisbane, where she won the Chung Foundation Award for Best New Zealand Pianist and the Graeme Russell Virtuoso Prize. Earlier this year Siyu was awarded first prize in the National Concerto Competition, and second prize in the Wallace National Piano Competition. She has also appeared as soloist with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Wellington Chamber Orchestra, University of Auckland Symphony Orchestra, and Christchurch Youth Orchestra.

Sara Lee is a pianist from South Korea and is currently studying at Auckland university with Rae de Lisle and Stephen de Pledge. She began her piano studies at the age of six, and studied for several years with Soo Jung Shin, winning several regional competitions including Dong-A Piano Competition (1st prize), Jung Ang Il Bo competition. She moved to Moscow to study piano at the Tchaikovsky Music School and Conservatory and won many awards from the school including outstanding performance awards.
Sara has won several national and international competitions: she earned prizes in the USA Cincinnati World Piano Competition (Grand Prize), Citta di Barletta in Italy (1st prize), Saint Petersburg молодой пианист Piano Competition (1st prize), Austria International Chopin Piano Competition (2nd prize and best performance prize), Moscow Young Pianist Competition (1st prize), Tchaikovsky International Student Piano Competition (1st prize), and the Lyon International Piano Competition.
Sara was awarded scholarships at Rutgers University and at the Brevard Festival and also participated in the KeriKeri International Piano Competition, Hamilton Piano Competition (1st prize), Busoni International Competition, George Enescu International Competition, Verona International Piano Competition, selected Accademia Pianistica Siciliana Piano Concerts (2016), and a concert in Italy at Palazzo Nicolaci Palace Unesco World Heritage sites.
Sara has been successful with her concerts at  Rachmaninoff Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Kumho Art Hall (Seoul), Mozart Hall (Seoul) Wiener Saal Mozarteum (Salzburg, Austria), Konzertsaal Handelhaus Karee (Halle, Germany), Lyon Conservatory Hall (France), and Recitals at the Academie Internationale de Musique de Colombes, also participating in masterclasses with acclaimed pianists such as Dimitri Bashkirov, Andrej Jasinski, Pavel Gililov, Boris Giltburg and Epifanio Comis.

Modi Deng (20) studies piano with Rae de Lisle, and for a Bachelor of English on a full scholarship.She  has performed with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra as their 2016 Piano Scholar, and with the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra. In 2015 and 2017 she received second and third prize (Best Classical Sonata) in the Wallace National Competition, and was a semi-finalist in the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition. She was previously runner-up as the National Young Performer of the Year, and was  recipient of the Janetta McStay Prize, an Arts Blue, and the Sebastian Black Prize in English.
Modi’s trio was a 2016 finalist for the Pettman/ROSL Arts Chamber Music Scholarship.