Goldner Quartet (Australia)
Sponsored by the Turnovsky Endowment Trust
Celebrating their 21st Anniversary Season in 2016, the Goldner String Quartet has a widespread and long-standing recognition for excellence, as not only as Australia’s pre-eminent string quartet but as an ensemble of international significance, favourably compared with the best in the world. Launched in 1995, they retaining all four founding members, an outstanding achievement, which is unique in the history of string quartets in Australia.
The players are well known to Australian and international audiences through performances, recordings and their concurrent membership of the Australia Ensemble @UNSW. All members have occupied principal positions in organisations such as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Australian Chamber Orchestra.
In 1997 the Goldner String Quartet made its debut at the Wigmore Hall in London. Unanimous audience and critical acclaim has ensured the Quartet’s regular return invitations to London and major festivals in the UK, Europe and the Asia Pacific region. In 2001 the Quartet made its American debut with concerts at the prestigious 92nd St in New York, and in Washington DC. Closer to home, the Goldner String Quartet has performed in China, Korea, Singapore and Brunei and has undertaken several extensive tours of New Zealand.
The Quartet regularly appears at leading music festivals around Australia, including Music in the Hunter where they been the resident musicians for over 20 years, and at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music where their long-term involvement has recently been formally recognised with the title of Quartet in Residence. The Huntington Estate Music Festival, Musica Viva’s Sydney Festival, and the Coriole Festival are also regular features of Goldners’ calendar.Special projects have included a major retrospective of 20th-century string quartets for the Adelaide Festival in 2000 and in 2004 their first complete Beethoven String Quartet Cycle in Sydney for Musica Viva (recorded live).
The Quartet’s appearances in the 2011 City of London Festival drew capacity audiences and unanimous praise from UK critics, and were broadcast on the BBC. New works have been regularly commissioned for the Goldner String Quartet from Australia’s leading composers.
The Goldner’s live recordings of the complete Beethoven String Quartet cycle, released on ABC Classics won the 2009 Limelight Award for Best Classical Recording. The Quartet has numerous recordings for the prestigious UK label, Hyperion; each disc highlights string quartets and piano quintets of a different composer (Bloch, Bridge, Dvořák, Elgar, Harty, Taneyev, Arensky, Vierne and Pierné to date) with pianist Piers Lane. Universal rave reviews have followed, including Diapason D’Or, Editor’s Choice in Gramophone magazine and BBC Music Magazine, as well as finalist for the BBC Music Magazine’s Chamber Music Award in 2009. They have also released the complete quartets of Szymanowski and Stravinsky on Naxos, and the complete quartets of Carl Vine on ABC Classics. The Goldners had a close working relationship with Peter Sculthorpe; 3 volumes of his quartets are recorded on the Tall Poppies label and the Goldners own DVD documentary, The Quartets, recorded with Peter Sculthorpe has recently been released by ABC Classics. Strongly committed to teaching the next generation of string quartets, the Goldners have mentored young ensembles through programs of the Australian Youth Orchestra, Musica Viva and the Sydney Conservatorium.
New Zealand String Quartet
Celebrating its 30th season in 2017, the New Zealand String Quartet (NZSQ) has been the Quartet in Residence for all nine Adam Festivals.
The NZSQ has an international reputation for its insightful interpretations, compelling communication and dynamic performing style; along with its imaginative programming and powerful connection with audiences of all kinds.
Over the decades the Quartet has cultivated a rich repertoire, including a wide variety of New Zealand music, composers' cycles from Beethoven to Bartok, Mozart to Berg, in addition to theatrical presentations on musical topics ranging from Haydn’s Seven Last Words to Janacek's Kreutzer Sonata.
The group's extensive discography includes all the quartets by Mendelssohn, Bartok and Berg, many New Zealand compositions, works by Ravel, Debussy, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Dvorak, Wolf, and the premiere recording of the remarkable Zoltan Szekely quartet.
In 2011 the Atoll Records’ release Notes from a Journey, a collection of works by New Zealand composers, won Classical Recording of the Year at the NZ Music Awards. The NZSQ’s most recent recordings on the Naxos label include Asian Music for String Quartet and a disc featuring the complete chamber works for strings by Douglas Lilburn. Their current project, also for Naxos, includes all the Brahms string quartets as well as his string and clarinet quintets.
Acclaimed performances in London's Wigmore Hall and the City of London Festival, in New York at the Frick Collection, and in Washington's Library of Congress Coolidge Auditorium have led to regular touring in the UK, Europe and North America. The Quartet has also toured in Mexico, Curaçao, Japan, Korea, and China. They formed a ground-breaking collaboration with the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra, China's foremost traditional instrument ensemble, touring a programme of seven new works by Chinese and New Zealand composers in both China and New Zealand.
The NZSQ is committed to the development of young musicians and composers through its work as Quartet in Residence at the New Zealand School of Music at Victoria University, where three of the members are Associate Professors. They also enjoy giving master classes worldwide and run the annual Adam Summer School for Chamber Music in Nelson.
Helene Pohl – first violin
In February 2017 Helene celebrates her 23d anniversary with the NZSQ as first violinist, and her ninth Adam Chamber Music Festival as co-artistic director. While she has always been a quartet fanatic at heart, she has not spurned other opportunities that came her way over the years, including concertmaster positions with the New World Symphony, the Boston Philharmonic and Nashua Symphony, and in recent years, concerto performances in various cities around New Zealand. In October 2016 she was honoured to be the dedicatee and first performer of the violin concerto by Louise Webster, In Hollowed Bone I Hear the Seas Roar. She has also twice been on the international jury of the Michael Hill Violin Competition.
Born in Ithaca, New York to German parents, Helene Pohl spent her childhood on both sides of the Atlantic. She began violin at age four with the Suzuki method. At 17 she began tertiary study at the Musikhochschule Cologne; continuing her studies with members of the Cleveland Quartet at the Eastman School of Music and at Indiana University with Josef Gingold.
As first violinist of the San Francisco based Fidelio String Quartet (1988-1993), Helene performed extensively in the USA, Germany, England, Italy and South America.
In 2014 she was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her outstanding services to music in New Zealand. Her extra-musical passions are family, tennis, Tai Chi, and surfing the web for recipes she never has time to make.
Monique Lapins – second violin
Monique Lapins began her violin studies at the age of six with the Suzuki method and continued her studies at the Australian National Academy of Music under William Hennessy, and at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music under Professor Qian Zhou.
As a chamber musician, she has twice been a finalist in the Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition and has participated in chamber music programmes and festivals in France, the Czech Republic, Holland, Japan, Hong Kong and Australia and at the prestigious Open Chamber Music Seminars in Prussia Cove in the UK.
A former Emerging Artist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Monique has toured extensively in collaboration with the Australian Chamber Orchestra Collective, the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed under the baton of Seiji Ozawa in Japan and under Philippe Herreweghe in France.
Monique took up her position in the New Zealand String Quartet in May 2016, replacing Doug Beilman who stepped down at the end of 2015. She plays a 1784 Storioni violin, generously loaned by David Duncan Craig and the Lily Duncan Trust.
Gillian Ansell - viola
Gillian Ansell was born in Auckland, New Zealand and began violin and piano lessons at an early age, making her concerto debut at 16 with the Auckland Symphonia (now the Auckland Philharmonia).
An Associated Board Scholarship to study violin, viola and piano took Gillian to the Royal College of Music in London where she won several prizes. She then took up a German Academic Exchange (DAAD) scholarship for further study in Germany at the Musikhochschule Cologne with Igor Ozim and the Amadeus Quartet.
After working professionally in London she returned to New Zealand in 1987 to become a founding member of the NZSQ. She was second violinist for two years before taking up the position of violist of the group. She has been co-artistic director of the Adam Festival since 2001.
In 2008, Gillian was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to music. In her spare time she enjoys movies, dinner parties, tramping and gardening.
Rolf Gjelsten - Cello
Rolf Gjelsten’s musical experiences began at the age of five in his native Victoria, Canada, performing folk songs from Norway taught to him by this Norwegian father, leader of a touring folk dance group. At the age of 10, Rolf began the accordion, joining his sisters playing Scandinavian music, and twice placed first in the U.S. Northwest Accordion Championships, playing classical repertoire. At the age of 13 he started cello with James Hunter and later Janos Starker, and made his concerto debut with the Victoria Symphony when he was 18.
At 22, he became the youngest member of the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, returning a year later to North America to study intensively with Zara Nelsova. As a founding member of the Vermilion Quartet, he worked with the La Salle, Hungarian, Cleveland and Emerson String Quartets.
As a member of the Laurentian Quartet for almost a decade, he toured internationally, made numerous recordings, and taught cello at the prestigious Sarah Lawrence College in New York.
From 1990 Rolf furthered his studies at Rutgers University with the great Casals protégé and Beaux-Arts Trio cellist Bernard Greenhouse, receiving his Doctor of Musical Arts degree.
Rolf joined the New Zealand String Quartet in 1994 and was named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2014. Rolf's is keen on running, tennis, getting tips from great soloists via Digital Concert Hall and repairing things around the house.
Rolf and Helene were married in 1995 and their son Peter is 13.
Dénes Varjon (Hungary)
His sensational technique, deep musicality, wide range of interest have made Dénes Várjon one of the most exciting and highly regarded participants of international musical life. He is a universal musician: excellent soloist, first-class chamber musician, artistic leader of festivals and highly sought after piano pedagogue.
Widely considered as one of the greatest chamber musicians, Dénes works regularly with pre-eminent partners such as Steven Isserlis, Tabea Zimmermann, Kim Kashkashian, Jörg Widmann, Leonidas Kavakos, András Schiff , Heinz Holliger, Miklós Perényi, Joshua Bell. As a soloist he is a guest at major concert series, from New York’s Carnegie Hall to Vienna’s Konzerthaus and London’s Wigmore Hall.
He is frequently invited to work with many of the world’s leading symphony orchestras (Budapest Festival Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchestra, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Russian National Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields). Among the conductors he has worked with are Sir Georg Solti, Sándor Végh, Iván Fischer, Ádám Fischer, Heinz Holliger, Horst Stein, Leopold Hager, Zoltán Kocsis. Dénes appears regularly at leading international festivals from Marlboro to Salzburg and Edinburgh.
He also performs frequently with his wife Izabella Simon playing four hands and two pianos recitals together. In the past decade they organised and led several chamber music festivals, the most recent one being kamara.hu at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest.
Dénes has recorded for the Naxos, Capriccio and Hungaroton labels with critical acclaim. Teldec released his CD with Sándor Veress’s Hommage à Paul Klee (performed with András Schiff, Heinz Holliger and the Budapest Festival Orchestra). His recording Hommage à Géza Anda, (PAN-Classics Switzerland) made important international echoes. His solo CD with pieces of Berg, Janáček and Liszt was released in 2012 by ECM. In 2015 he recorded the Schumann piano concerto with the WDR Symphonieorchester and Heinz Holliger, and all five Beethoven piano concertos with Concerto Budapest and András Keller.
Dénes Várjon graduated from the Franz Liszt Music Academy in 1991, where his professors included Sándor Falvai, György Kurtág and Ferenc Rados. Parallel to his studies he was regular participant at international master classes with András Schiff. He won first prize at the Piano Competition of Hungarian Radio, at the Leó Weiner Chamber Music Competition in Budapest and at the Géza Anda Competition in Zurich.
He is professor at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest and was awarded with the Liszt and Sándor Veress Prize.
Matthew Barley (UK)
Cello playing is at the centre of Matthew Barley’s career, while his musical world has virtually no geographical, social or stylistic boundaries. Matthew Barley is passionate about improvisation, education, multi-genre music-making, electronics and pioneering community programmes. He is also a world-renowned cellist, who has performed in over 50 countries, including concertos with the BBC Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Royal Scottish National, Kremerata Baltica, Vienna Radio Symphony, Netherlands Radio Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, Melbourne and New Zealand Symphonies and the Metropole Jazz Orchestra.
Matthew Barley’s collaborations include playing with Matthias Goerne, the Labèque Sisters, Víkingur Olafsson, Martin Frost, Thomas Larcher, Kit Armstrong, Amjad Ali Khan, Julian Joseph, Talvin Singh, Kathryn Tickell, Nitin Sawhney, and Jon Lord; appearing in venues ranging from Ronnie Scott’s and the WOMAD festivals to Vienna’s Konzerthaus and Zürich’s Tonhalle. Matthew’s new music group, Between The Notes, has undertaken over 60 creative projects with young musicians and orchestral players around the world. Following successful performances of Thomas Larcher’s double concerto with violinist Viktoria Mullova, a new double concerto is planned for 2017-18 , by Pascal Dusapin. Matthew’s recordings have been released on Black Box, Signum Classics and Onyx Classics. The latter included a CD with Viktoria Mullova on which Matthew was cellist, arranger, composer and producer, The Peasant Girl, which has gained rave reviews worldwide, and is now also available on DVD.
In 2013 Matthew undertook a 100-event UK tour celebrating Benjamin Britten; along with a CD release, Around Britten, described by Sinfini as ‘a defining statement in modern cello playing’. Following a tour to Mexico with City of London Sinfonia, he will further his relationship with the orchestra with concerts in 2017. Matthew also forms an exciting new trio with jazz pianist Gwilym Simcock and clarinettist Julian Bliss, as well as developing a groundbreaking new project with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Indian musicians in a true blend of East and West. Other projects include performing with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, and an artist-residency at the Kassel Music Days festival in Germany.
James Campbell (Canada)
James Campbell has followed his muse to five television specials, more than 40 recordings, over 30 works commissioned, a Juno Award (Stolen Gems), a Roy Thomson Hall Award, Canada's Artist of the Year, the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal and Canada's highest honor, the Order of Canada.
Called by the Toronto Star ‘Canada's pre-eminent clarinetist and wind soloist’, James has performed solo and chamber music concerts in 30 countries in many of the world’s great concert halls: London's Wigmore and Queen Elizabeth Halls, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Tokyo's Suntory Hall, Paris's Theatre Champs-Elysees, Washington's Kennedy Centre, and Symphony Hall, Boston. He has been soloist with over 60 orchestras, including the Boston Pops, the London Symphony, the London Philharmonic, the Russian Philharmonic, and the Montreal Symphony and has performed Copland's Clarinet Concerto four times with Aaron Copland conducting.
He has appeared with over 30 string quartets, including the Amadeus (when he replaced an ailing Benny Goodman on a tour of California), Guarneri, Vermeer, New Zealand, Fine Arts, Allegri and St Lawrence Quartets.
Ian Rosenbaum (USA)
Praised for his excellent and precisely attuned performances by the New York Times, percussionist Ian David Rosenbaum has developed a musical breadth far beyond his years. He made his Kennedy Center debut in 2009 and later that year garnered a special prize created for him at the Salzburg International Marimba Competition.
David joined the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two program in 2012 as only the second percussionist they have selected in their history. He has appeared at the Bay Chamber, Bridgehampton, Chamber Music Northwest, Music@Menlo, Norfolk, and Yellow Barn festivals.
Highlights of the 2015-16 season include a performance of John Luther Adams’ evening-length percussion quartet Strange and Sacred Noise, the premiere of Epiphany – a new visual and musical installation at BAM, two performances at the Phillips’ Collection, and the debut tour of Music Haul, a mobile concert hall created by the Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival. This season, David will also curate a series of programs at National Sawdust, a new venue in Brooklyn.
David is a member of Sandbox Percussion, HOWL, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Novus NY, Time Travelers and Le Train Bleu. He has recorded for the Bridge, Innova, Naxos, and Starkland labels and is on the faculty of the Dwight School in Manhattan. David Rosenbaum endorses Vic Firth sticks and mallets.
Andrew Goodwin (Australia)
Recent engagements have included Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings (Adelaide and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras), Egeo in Cavalli’s Giasone and Florival in L’amant jaloux (Grétry) for Pinchgut Opera, recitals with Daniel de Borah at the Melbourne Recital Centre; the Evangelist in St Matthew Passion with the Melbourne Bach Choir; a recital with pianist Mira Yevtich at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg; Degtyarev's Russian oratorio Minin i Pojarsky with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra; Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius at St John’s Smith Square, London; his debut in the title role in The Rake’s Progress for Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra; the roles of Lensky (Eugene Onegin) and Tamino (The Magic Flute) with the Bolshoi Opera; Messiah for Sydney Philharmonia; Bach’s B Minor Mass with The Song Company, as well as featuring at Musica Viva’s Huntington Festival, and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Townsville.
Born in Sydney, Andrew studied voice at the St. Petersburg Conservatory under the direction of Professor Lev Morozov, graduating with a Bachelor of Music. He has also studied with Robert Dean in the UK.
During his studies Andrew won a number of awards and scholarships: the Tait Memorial Trust Scholarship, 2nd place in the Yelena Obraztsova Singing Competition in St. Petersburg; the Martin Bequest Travelling Scholarship; the Sir Robert Askin Operatic Travelling Scholarship; and the Australian Opera Auditions Committee Joan Sutherland Richard Bonynge Scholarship. He also received support from the Australian Music Foundation and ARS Musica Australis.
Izabella Simon (Hungary)
Pianist Izabella Simon graduated at Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest as a student of György Kurtág, Ferenc Rados, and Jenő Jandó. After graduating she has been a regular participant of the most prestigeous international festivals, like the Ittingen Festival led by András Schiff and Heinz Holliger, the Prussia Cove Festival founded by Sándor Végh, the Maribor, and the Marlboro Festival. Recently she has performed at the Cheltenham, the Heidelberg, the Hitzacker, the Davos, and the Kempten Chamber Music Festivals, and played at the Schwetzingen Festspiele, with partners like Heinz Holliger, Steven Isserlis, Miklós Perényi, Christoph Richter, and Radovan Vlatkovic.
She particularly enjoys working with singers, which is underlined by her appearances with Sylvia Sass, Andrea Rost, Judit Német, Éva Bátori, Ruth Ziesak, and Hanno Müller-Brachmann.
As a soloist, besides the Hungarian orchestras, she has performed with the Kremerata Baltica, the Camerata Bern, and the Camerata Zürich. She frequently plays piano four hands, and piano duets both in Hungary and abroad with her husband, Dénes Várjon, like the highly successful concert with the Winterthur Orchestra led by Thomas Zehetmair in 2012.
Izabella has made records with Sylvia Sass (Lisz and Schubert lieders), and Andrea Rost (Kodály and Ligeti lieders). Besides her concerts in Hungary she will perform in the next season in the Zürcher Festspiele, the Wigmore Hall in London, the Salzburger Festspiele in Austria, the Normandy Festival in France, the Prussia Cove Festival in England, and the Marlboro Festival in the United States.
After her very successful concert at 92 Y in New York she was invited to the famous Bard College as a guest professor. To popularise chamber music she has invented The Night of the Chamber Music, with participants like Steven Isserlis or Ferenc Rados.
Three born and bred kiwis, three Doctorates of Music, over a decade playing together as a seamless ensemble, and one shared vision: to champion New Zealand composition within a vast and vibrant repertoire, uniting sound and soul for people around the globe.
Justine (violin), Ashley (cello), and Sarah (piano) have captivated music-lovers throughout New Zealand, Australia, Asia, South America, the USA, Europe and Scandinavia. Recent international highlights include a jazz vs. classical collaboration at Australia’s 2015 Darwin Festival and annual tours to China, including a celebration of the life and controversial musical voice of late kiwi composer Jack Body.
Every NZTrio performance is an intimate, dynamic and engaging ride – sometimes a gift of tranquil reflection, sometimes a wild and intense shot in the arm. This group is equally renowned for their warm kiwi personalities and authentic audience relations as they are for their daringly eclectic programmes and intimate venue choices.
Described as a ‘national treasure’, NZTrio welcomes the opportunity for exciting collaborations that span the artistic and cultural spectrum, having participated in many projects over the years involving contemporary dance and film, taonga puoro (traditional Maori instruments) and more. They smash old preconceptions of classical music being stuffy and ostentatious by presenting it in a fresh and approachable way. Critical acclaim for the group extends to their ever-expanding catalogue of recorded work, with three of their CDs nominated for Best Classical Album at the NZ Music Awards since 2006.
The trio are strongly committed to new commissions by both leading and emerging composers from home and abroad. This, plus a secondary schools’ programme and a new NZTrio Composing Competition for tertiary students, makes NZTrio a driving force in the New Zealand music industry.
New Zealand Artists
The 2016 Troubadour members were Arna Morton (violin), Rebecca Wang (violin), Elyse Dalabakis (viola), Anna-Marie Alloway (cello). Such was the standard of this ensemble that Chamber Music New Zealand has invited the Troubadours to tour New Zealand in 2017 and our Artistic Directors will feature the Troubadours in premium Festival concerts as well as their community outreach programme and early evening concerts.
A schedule of the Troubadour's community activities will be posted in due course.
We have entered into an Arts Partner relationship with Chamber Music New Zealand to produce the Troubadour programme. As well as showcasing their music in the Adam Chamber Music Festival the Troubadours will go on to tour with Chamber Music New Zealand in their Encompass Concert Series.
Joanne Roughton-Arnold (soprano)
Lyric coloratura soprano Joanne Roughton-Arnold began her vocal studies with Esther Salaman and Paul Hamburger while a postgraduate violinist at Trinity College of Music before going on to the Birmingham Conservatoire. She is now studying with renowned operatic soprano Nelly Miricioiu and international vocal coach David Harper.
Joanne is passionate about showcasing music from her native New Zealand to a wider audience and gained funding from Creative New Zealand to commission Iris Dreaming, a one-woman chamber opera by Gillian Whitehead and Fleur Adcock, with performances scheduled in New Zealand and London.
She has appeared in concert at numerous prestigious venues including the Royal Academy of Music, St George’s Hanover Square and Handel House Museum. As a recitalist she is fascinated by the marriage of text and music in song, and designs programmes that combine the familiar with the new, drawing on both standard and contemporary repertoire.
Edward Ware (drums)
New Zealander Edward Ware has been involved with music and performance all his life, from early childhood piano lessons to the rigorous study of drum set and classical percussion, becoming a professional musician from his early twenties.
Moving to New York in 1990 he has gained a wealth of experience in various styles of jazz, both improvised and classical. In the mid '90s Ed was asked
by New York’s leading avant garde jazz venue The Knitting Factory, to be the drummer for the first ever live internet broadcast from Switzerland’s Montreux Jazz Festival, performing with saxophonist Courtney Pine and
Miles Davis’ percussionist Mino Cinelu.
He has taught and performed at the prestigious Shanghai Conservatory of Music, recorded for many independent labels and received critical acclaim for his 2001 release of Ed Ware's Tree.
Ed currently divides his time between Barcelona and New York where he continues to compose, record, teach and perform.
Jenny Wollerman (soprano)
Jenny Wollerman is one of New Zealand’s best-known sopranos and has an active performance career, alongside teaching singing at the New Zealand School of Music, with Lexus Song Quest winners Madeleine Pierard and Allison Cormack along her students.
Jenny studied at Victoria University and Wellington Polytechnic, going on to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadephia, along with advanced summer courses.
Engagements since her return have included Léïla in Les Pecheurs de Perles for the State Opera of South Australia, Micaëla, Mimì and Xenia (Boris Godunov) for NZ Opera, Eurydice in Orphée et Eurydice for the NZ International Festival, Léïla, Fiordiligi, Pamina, and Johanna in Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd.
Jenny has appeared in the NZ International Festival since 1994, in such diverse works as Stravinsky’s Les Noces, Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, Handel’s L’Allegro with the Mark Morris Dance Company and Rachmaninoff’s The Bells.
Naoto Segawa (marimba)
Naoto Segawa is a dedicated contemporary musician from Japan who specializes in marimba performance, particularly in the area of chamber music. He seeks to explore new possibilities in combinations of marimba and string instruments, especially with string quartets through his group Ensemble Gô.
Naoto activelty seeks to perform new works of up-and-coming composers through various festivals and workshops. He has won numerous awards in competitions including 1st prize in KOBE International Music Competition. His previous teachers include Yoshiko Kanda, Sumire Yoshihara, Jonathan Fox and Kunihiko Komori.
Jeff Henderson (saxophone)
Jeff Henderson is a leading exponent of free improvisation and free jazz saxophone. He has travelled and performed extensively in New Zealand and internationally as a solo artist, and as a collaborator with such avant-garde luminaries as Shoji Hano, Marilyn Crispell, Richard Nunns, Mats Gustafsson, Frode Gjerstad, Gerard Crewdson and Anthony Donaldson.
Currently he is Director of the Audio Foundation, an organisation dedicated to the preservation, production and promotion of experimental music and Sound Art in Aotearoa.
Joan Perarnau Garriga (double bass)
Joan was born in Catalunya, Spain where he began playing the double bass. After finishing his initial studies, he moved to the UK where he graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London in 2005. Soon after that he moved to Japan as a founding member of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra, where he was principal double bass.
In 2008 he was a member of the UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra and the Lucerne Festival Academy under the direction of Pierre Boulez. From 2009 Joan has been a member of the prestigious Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, touring around the world with world-renowned conductors and soloists.
Joan is currently principal double bass with the NZSO and teaches at the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington.
Douglas Mews (Organ/Harpsichord)
Douglas Mews is a freelance musician based in Wellington, where he teaches organ and harpsichord at the New Zealand School of Music. He graduated from Auckland University M.Mus in organ and harpsichord, having studied with the late Anthony Jennings. This was followed ￼￼by two years’ post-graduate harpsichord study with Bob van Asperen at the Hague Conservatorium.
As harpsichordist, he has given many recitals in New Zealand as well as performing with various visiting musicians, including baroque violinist Stanley Ritchie, early flautist Rachel Brown, singer Richard Wistreich, recorder player Peter Holtslag, and violist Nobuko Imai.
Bob Bickerton (Multi-Instrumentalist)
Specialising in Celtic music, Bob Bickerton has performed at most major concert venues and folk festivals around New Zealand in the past 30 years. He is well known throughout New Zealand for his entertaining and educational concert performances in schools.
Elizabeth Kerr (Presenter)
Elizabeth has had a long career in music and the arts in teaching and leadership, including roles at Victoria University and Creative New Zealand. She now works as an arts consultant and music commentator, writing for the NZ Listener and presenting reviews and programmes for Radio NZ Concert.
Heleen du Plessis
South African cellist Heleen Du Plessis is the Williams Evans Executant Lecturer in cello at the University of Otago (NZ). Helen appears internationally as a soloist, both in recitals and with orchestras, and is part of TriOtago and principal cellist of the Southern Sinfonia in Dunedin. Formerly she was a lecturer at the University of Pretoria for 15 years as well as a member of one of the most prominent South African chamber music groups, the Musaion Trio.
Heleen’s post-graduate studies were completed at the Conservatory of Geneva in Switzerland.
Highlights of recent appearances include the Brahms Double Concerto with Tessa Petersen (violin) and Simone Over (conductor), with the Southern Sinfonia Orchestra, and solo performances including concertos with the Prince William Symphony Orchestra and the Nova Manassas Symphony Orchestra in Virginia, USA.
Ken Ichinose was born in London, and began cello lessons at the age of five. Graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in London, Ken has performed with many orchestras including the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where his father worked as principal second violin for 30 years.
While studying at the Royal Academy of Music, Ken formed the Galitzin String Quartet and toured Europe and the UK. He then worked as a freelance orchestral musician, performing in concert halls all over the world, including concert venues in Mexico, China and across the USA.
Another recent project over the last few years has been the development of a chamber music festival in the South of France.
Since 2015 Ken has been the associate principal cellist of the NZSO.
Principal cellist of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Joyce was born in Norwich in England. At 11 years old he went to London to study at the Purcell School of Music, continuing on to the Royal College of Music.
Before joining the NZSO in September 2010, Andrew spent five years performing all over the world with the London Symphony and London Philharmonic Orchestras.
A dedicated chamber musician, Andrew performed regularly with pianist Simon Watterton, most notably the complete Beethoven Cello Sonatas, and continues to perform with the Puertas Quartet both in the UK and in New Zealand.
He plays an old English cello by Thomas Dodd, c.1800, kindly loaned to him by Old and New Strings Ltd.
Inbal Megiddo began her cello studies at the age of two, and gave her first performances a year later. She graduated from Yale University, where she later taught for five years.
Inbal has given many concerts in Europe, Asia and America, including a recital in the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Carnegie Hall in New York, and in Berlin with the Berlin Symphony.
Inbal is the founder and director of the Cellophonia festival in Wellington, was appointed a resource panellist for the Singapore School of the Arts, and teaches cello at the New Zealand School of Music.
She has received many awards and prizes, including first prizes at the William Waite competition, she has been a recipient of the America Israel Cultural Foundation scholarship, and was selected by the Stradivari Society as a rising star, receiving use of a loaned Stradivarius cello.
Eliah Sakakushev-von Bismarck
Cellist Eliah Sakakushev enjoys a versatile career as chamber musician, soloist, orchestra lead cellist and teacher; often on stage from Europe to Brazil as well as in Australia.
Born in Bulgaria, Eliah studied music from a young age, going on to the Vienna University of Music and the Menuhin Academy in Switzerland.
Since 2003 Eliah has been the principal cellist of the Orquesta Filarmónica de Málaga (Spain), the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra (Brazil), the Philharmonic Orchestra of Regensburg (Germany), as well as the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.
An avowed chamber musician, Eliah has appeared in numerous formations at festivals throughout the world, and has been the artistic director of Musikfest Schloss Wonfurt in Bavaria since 2003.
Eliah has taught at the Feuermann-Conservatory, the Cello School of the prestigious Kronberg Academy in Germany, and at New Zealand universities.
He plays a master cello by French luthier Leon Bernardel, Paris 1899.
German cellist Edith Salzmann studied in Detmold with Irene Guedel and Andre Navarra and in Bloomington (USA) with Janos Starker.
As a soloist and chamber musician she has toured Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia, Asia and New Zealand, and frequently performs at festivals such as the Festival D’Ile de France, the Prussia Cove Festival, the Orlando Festival and the Festival Moulin d’Ande. She has performed as a soloist in the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Opera Frankfurt, the Lincoln Center and other important venues.
Edith is the artistic director of the nationwide scholarship programme Pettman National Junior Academy of Music; and has been artistic director of the International Akaroa Music Festival since 2004.
In 2014 she was appointed as a senior lecturer at the University of Auckland.
American cellist James Tennant has had a long and lively career as a concert cellist, teacher and arts instigator
He graduated with distinction from the Interlochen Arts Academy and the University of Michigan, gaining many awards and prizes for his solo and chamber music performances.
Since arriving in New Zealand in 1982, James has established himself as a highly successful and respected performer and teacher. He has performed concertos with the Auckland Philharmonia, the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and the Dunedin Sinfonia; has taught at the universities of Auckland and Canterbury, and has initiated several chamber festivals.
Currently, he is performing with the Ogen Trio and the Tennant-Austin Duo, and the recently formed New Zealand Chamber Soloists.