Pianist's work honoured
FORMER Timaru musician Michael Houstoun has received a citation (together with a cash grant) from the Lilburn Trust for outstanding services to New Zealand music.
The Lilburn Trust is a charitable trust established by Douglas Lilburn in 1984 with the Alexander Turnbull Library Endowment Trust.
It funds the Lilburn Trust Student Composer Awards at universities and for more than 20 years has supplied grants to performers, composers, authors, filmmakers, record companies and oral historians to help promote New Zealand's musical arts, in order to advance musical knowledge and appreciation, and to preserve musical archives.
Houstoun began piano lessons when he was five years old. His first teacher was Sister Mary Eulalie followed by concert pianist, accompanist and teacher, Maurice Till. By the time he was 18, he had won every major piano competition in New Zealand.
From 1974 until 1981, Houstoun studied overseas at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and in London. He performed during this time in the USA, UK, Germany and Holland.
Since 1981, he has lived and worked in New Zealand performing also in Australia, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong. His repertoire is wide-ranging and often includes works by New Zealand composers.
Houstoun won the Turnovsky Prize in 1982, and in May 1999 received an honorary doctorate in literature from Massey University. He was made a laureate of the Arts Foundation of New Zealand in 2007.