Donald Maurice

School of Music

Teaching in 2020


MNZM, PhD Otago, MMus Washington, Certificate of Advanced Studies Banff, Certificate of Advanced Solo Studies Guildhall School of Music and Drama, FTCL, LRSM


Director of Research, Musicology and Classical Performance (viola, violin, viola d’amore and chamber music)


Donald Maurice’s viola teachers included Nannie Jamieson at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Max Rostal at Aldeburgh, William Primrose at Banff, and Donald McInnes at the University of Washington.

In 2015 he formed Archi d’Amore Zelanda in which he plays the viola d’amore, and in which he is joined by Jane Curry (guitar) and since 2017 by Inbal Megiddo (cello). In 2016 the trio toured in Malaysia, Thailand and Poland and were featured artists at the International Viola d’Amore Congress at the Krzysztof Penderecki European Center for Music in Luslawice, Poland.

Donald Maurice has performed for over four decades as soloist, chamber musician and conductor, and has premiered many works. He has been featured as soloist and lecturer at over a dozen International Viola Congresses in Australasia, Europe and North America and has performed for NZ Embassies and diplomatic missions in Bangkok, Berlin, Kuala Lumpur, New York, Ottawa, Warsaw and Washington DC.

In 2008 he performed the Holocaust Requiem by Israeli composer, Boris Pigovat, with the Vector Wellington Orchestra, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht. The performance was recorded by Radio New Zealand and released by Atoll Records on CD in late 2010. It received the prestigious Supersonic Award from Pizzicato Magazine in Luxembourg.

Donald reprised his role as soloist for this work in two performances: with the NZSM Orchestra on the September 29, 2011 – the actual 70th Anniversary of the Babi Yar massacre for which the work was written – and for the work's German premiere on October 15, 2011 with the Camerata Louis Spohr in Würzburg.

His honours and awards include:

  • Performing the 2009 William Primrose Memorial Concert at Brigham Young University
  • Silver Alto Clef 2001 by the International Viola Society for service to the viola
  • Honorary life membership by the American Viola Society
  • Inaugural Australia and New Zealand Viola Society Roll of Honour
  • Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) 2014
  • Finalist in the Dominion Post’s 2014 Wellingtonian of the Year Awards
  • Member of the jury of the Lipizer International Violin Competition in Italy in 2017


Donald Maurice’s research has focused on the performance, recording and musicological aspects of selected Eastern European and Australasian composers who have sought to find cultural identity through music. It includes music by Béla Bartók (Hungary), George Enescu (Romania), Alfred Hill (Australasia), Douglas Lilburn (New Zealand) and Boris Pigovat (Israel). His current focus is on the performance and research of repertoire for the viola d’amore in the 16th - 18th century and in its contemporary repertoire. His work on the viola d’amore has garnered much attention through the documentary film “Christoph Graupner - viola d’amore & more”, premiered in Germany and the Netherlands in late 2018 and in Poland and New Zealand in early 2019. The film features Donald as soloist in five concertos and in interviews about Graupner.

Selected Publications

Book “Alfred Hill: Leipzig Diary” – Transcribed and annotated. Wollongong. Publications by Wirripang, ISBN 978-1-876829-14-8. 2008

Book “Bartók’s Viola Concerto – The Remarkable Story of his Swansong”.
Oxford University Press, New York, ISBN 0-19-515690-0. 2004 Maurice's book is an important addition to the field of Bartók research. It can be recommended to all who deal with the multiplicity of issues related to Bartók studies, general musicological studies of the compositional process (sketches, drafts, revisions), performance practice, history of the concerto genre, and other issues pertaining to practical and scholarly questions.” (Elliott Antokoletz – Music and Letters).

Edition “Bartók 44 Duos” transcription for two violas. Co-editor - Claudine Bigelow. Editio Musica Budapest. 2016

Edition “Lilburn – Salutes to Seven Poets”. Transcription for viola and piano. Waiteata Music Press. 2011

Edition “George Enescu: Sonata in the Romanian Folk Character”. Transcription for viola and piano. Paris. Enoch & Cie. E&C 9715. 2008

Edition “Ciprian Porumbescu: Balada”.. Transcription for viola and piano. Colne. Comus Edition Ltd. ISMN M-798027-06-5. Comus No 120b 2008

Edition “Ciprian Porumbescu: Balada” for violin and piano. Colne. Comus Edition Ltd. ISMN M- 798027-06-5. Comus No 120a. 2008

Article “The Art of Vocal Fingering”. Reprinted by permission of the American String Teachers’ Association. Christchurch. Soundpost 2008

Article “Effects of Pianism Retraining on Three Pianists with Focal Dystonia”. de Lisle, Speedy, Thompson and Maurice. Medical Problems of Performing Artists. Volume 21, No. 3. September 2006

Article “The Art of Vocal Fingering”. American String Teacher. Vol. 56, No. 3. August, 2006

Article “Gordon Jacob’s Concertpiece”. Journal of the American Viola Society, July, 2004 European String Teachers Journal. Holland. 2004

Article “Alfred Hill (Arapeta Hira) – der deutsche, australische und neuseeländische Komponist und Bratschist”. Die Viola, Journal of the German Viola Society, published in German – June, 2004

Article “Michael Balling, Pioneer solo violist with Nelson Interlude”. Journal of the American Viola Society. Summer, 2003 Online

CD/DVD Releases

Atoll 2019: CD Works by Michael Williams and David Hamilton. Archi d’Amore Zelanda.

Acte Prealable 2018 (Warsaw): Film/DVD “Christoph Graupner - viola d’amore & more”. A documentary about the baroque composer Christoph Graupner (1683-1760) and his works for viola d’amore, filmed on location at Owinska Monastery, Poland.

Acte Prealable 2016 (Warsaw): CD Concertos by Vivaldi and Graupner. Orkiestra Ars Longa.

Atoll 2016: CD Kimber, Bach, Paganini and de Fossa. Archi d’Amore Zelanda

Naxos 2015: CD Alfred Hill Volume Six: Quartets 15, 16 & 17 Dominion String Quartet

Naxos 2014: CD Alfred Hill Volume Five: Quartets 12-14. Dominion String Quartet

Tantara 2013: CD Voices from the Past. Béla Bartók’s 44 Duos and Original Field Recordings. Claudine Bigelow and Donald Maurice. Tantara 7 14881 01562 1 field-recordings-cdclaudine-bigelow-donald-maurice/

Atoll 2013: CD Home is where .... Works by Douglas Lilburn, George Enescu and Boris Pigovat. Donald Maurice – viola and Richard Mapp – piano. ACD413

Atoll 2011: CD Douglas Lilburn, Masterworks for Strings

Naxos 2011: CD Dominion String Quartet – Alfred Hill Volume Four: Quartets 10, 11 & Life Quintet

Atoll 2010: CD “Requiem”. Works by Boris Pigovat, with the Vector Wellington Orchestra, Richard Mapp, Carolyn Mills and the Dominion String Quartet

Naxos 2009: CD Dominion String Quartet – Alfred Hill Volume Three: Quartets 5, 7 & 9

Naxos 2009: CD New Zealand Piano Quartet – Early Beethoven Quartets

Naxos 2008: CD Dominion String Quartet – Alfred Hill Volume Two: Quartets 4, 6 & 8

Naxos 2007: CD Dominion String Quartet – Alfred Hill Volume One: Quartets 1, 2 & 3

Kiwi Pacific 2007: CD Anthony Ritchie Chamber Works &osCsid=ihubnbgupfjtqjj7443k7c8e53

Hill Records 2002 – CD New Zealand Piano Quartet. Works by Richard Strauss and Alfred Hill

Hill Records 2001: CD Tribute to Jack Speirs. Donald Maurice plays works by Elmsly, Platt and Hill

Teaching in 2020