Wellington - born Ludwig Treviranus is of Samoan / German heritage. From 2015 to 2017
he was Piano Lecturer for the Young Musicians’ Programme at the New Zealand School of
Music. Currently based in Auckland, he is Assistant Piano Programme Coordinator for the
Albany School of Music.
He holds a Doctorate of Music from Florida State University where he studied under Dr.
Read Gainsford. In the USA he achieved distinction in a number of competitions, including
as a finalist in both the Beethoven International Piano Sonata Competition in Memphis,
Tennessee (2009), and the Florida State Music School Competition (2010). Before
his studies in Florida, Ludwig held a scholarship as a Maori/Pacific Island scholar to
complete his Masters’ degree at the University of Auckland under Dr. Rae de Lisle.
Ludwig was an accompanist for the Florida State University Opera School and worked as a
composer and narrator for the Tim Bray Productions’ show, The Twits, in Auckland. In 2013
he developed an interactive workshop titled, “At Ease with Music”, making classical music
accessible through live performance, imagery, and audience participation. This was
presented to schools around the Wellington region and performed at Expressions, Genesis
Theatre, in Upper Hutt. That same year he recorded a double CD for the book Living
Echoes – The First 150 Years of Piano Music from New Zealand, edited for the Sunrise
Music Trust by Gillian Bibby.
His 2014/’15 performance schedule included performances in Fiji, Tonga, Shoalhaven
(NSW) Concert Series and the Central Florida Music Teachers’ Association (Orlando, Fl.).
As of 2014 Chamber Music Hutt Valley nominated Ludwig as Pianist in Residence to present
concerts until 2017. A keen collaborative pianist, Ludwig played the Shostakovich Piano
Concerto No. 2 for the New Zealand School of Dance season of Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s
Ballet “Concerto” and took a major performance role in the presentation of Prodigies
and Prostitutes: The Unexpected World of Piano Composition in Early New Zealand,
which was given in universities and conferences around New Zealand.
In February 2016 Ludwig opened the year with an open-air concert, Piano Magic in the Vines
at Black Barn Vineyards, Hawkes Bay. Featured artists were pianist Maria Mo, violinist
Amalia Hall, and tenor Bonaventure Allan-Moetaua. In June he presented a recital of
Beethoven, Schramm and Grieg for the Wellington Chamber Series. As part of his
Residency for Hutt Valley Chamber, in September Ludwig performed alongside mezzo
Elisha Fa’i Hulton and baritone Joel Amosa to present a colourful program with a Pasifika
In 2017 he performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, with Taranaki Symphony and Wellington Youth Orchestra. Other events have involved performing a children’s
programme that included Mozart and Grieg, as well as Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, (with
Narrator) for Hutt Valley Chamber Series, and adjudicating regional music competitions.