Tatiana was born in Russia. She started playing piano and accordion at the age of 6 and was graduated from the Novosibirsk State Conservatory (Novosibirsk, Russia). Tatiana’s teaching experience has been started in 1989 and includes judging at several International competitions held in Italy, England, Australia & New Zealand. Tatiana moved to Auckland in 1996 and apart from her full-time teaching in Epsom Music School she is a chamber music musician being a member of such groups as VIVO and BRAVURA, piano accompanist and an associate player with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.
Blas Gonzalez enjoys a varied career as teacher, pianist, and composer. Educated in Argentina and the USA, Blas moved to New Zealand at the end of 2009. He has performed widely in USA, Argentina, NZ and Taiwan. Blas has enjoyed teaching appointments at Missouri Western State University, and the Community Music School at the University of Missouri-Kansas. His compositions have been performed by Aroha String Quartet, The Committee, Nelson Composers Workshop and harpist Helen Webby. His piece In The Threshold of Definition was awarded merit prize in the 2013 New Zealand Harp Society Composition Competition. He currently divides his time teaching both privately and as itinerant teacher in schools, working as an accompanist, and performing.
Grace Park is a jazz pianist. She started playing the piano at the age of 5, gained passion for jazz piano at 17, and is currently completing her Bachelors of Music at the University of Auckland, studying Jazz Performance. Before university, she was under the guidance of Tatiana Lanchtchikova as well as Crystal Choi. In her first year of Jazz Performance, she studied at Victoria University of Wellington under Mark Donlon, and the teachers for her study in Auckland include Kevin Field, Grant Winterburn and Phil Broadhurst.
She has done a number of gigs with fellow musicians in Wellington, and has a great interest in ensemble playing. Her teaching experiences cover a wide range of genres, including jazz, pop and gospel, as well as teaching theory classes at Epsom Music School since 2014.
Kee Hee Lee
Kee-Hee began her piano studies at the age of eight and prior to her studies at the University of Auckland was under the guidance of Tatiana Lanchtchikova at the Epsom Music School. In 2015, she completed her masters degree in piano performance under the tutelage of Stephen De Pledge. During her time in university, Kee Hee was placed first in the Te Awamutu competition for the Jan Yarndley Mozart prize in 2012 and after placing second in the Hamilton recital competition she competed in the semifinals of the National Young Performer Awards in Invercargill. In the year 2013 she received the Margaret Doone Memorial Piano Sonata Scholarship as the winner of IRMT’s Sonata Competition. She was also one of 16 contestants selected to compete in the Wallace National Piano Competition in July 2015.
From a young age Kee-Hee developed a passion for chamber music enhancing to the semifinals and district finals of the NZCT Chamber Music Contest. Her debut concerto performance was with the Aotea Youth Symphony Orchestra in 2006 followed by another performance in 2008 performing Mozart piano concerto in F Major K459.
Rachel Song is a South Korean born New Zealand pianist who completed her Masters of Music in classical piano performance at the University of Auckland. She received numerous awards and scholarships during her tertiary studies in Auckland and has participated in various music festivals and competitions including ROSL, Wallace International music festival, Gisborne International music competition and Lee University International Piano Festival.
As a dedicated collaborative pianist, she has performed extensively throughout New Zealand with various ensembles and choirs. She has built a unique connection with the North Shore Youth Music with director Vanessa Kay since 2009 and frequently embarks tours with talented students; their most recent tour held in Tasmania.
As well as being a performer, she is a passionate and experienced music teacher. She has been teaching privately and in institutions for over 10 years based in North Shore and produced outstanding students passing exams with distinction mark. Also, from time to time, she ﬂies to third-world countries as part of a missionary group to teach music.
Indian-Kiwi violinist Joella Pinto considers it a privilege to have been able to dedicate her life to music. Joella has recently returned to New Zealand after studying and working in North America. As an active performer, she is currently on contract with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and has also played with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Canadian Opera Company, among others. Joella has been a soloist with the Auckland Symphony Orchestra, St Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra, and the Aorangi Symphony Orchestra. Joella is also an artist on roster for the Lincoln Center Stage Programme on Holland America Line, based in New York City.
Joella has performed at music festivals such as Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, Domaine Forget International Academy, Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival and has been invited to Music by the Sea in Bamfield and Juilliard at the Piccolo Accademia in Tuscany, although Covid-19 disrupted these festivals.
During her student years, Joella has won the 1st Prize in the Glenn Gould School Chamber Music Competition with the Summerhill Quartet, the NZSO Alex Lindsay Award and the John Chisholm Concertmaster Prize, among others. Joella has also been the grateful recipient of The University of Auckland Scholarship, Anne Bellam Scholarship, Stephen Staryk Violin Scholarship, The FCCP (Ontario) Education Scholarship and The Stephen Wong Scholarship.
As a passionate teacher, Joella has enjoyed teaching at several schools as well as privately in Auckland and Toronto.
Prior to taking up her current post with the APO, Liu-Yi Retallick lived in Malaysia, freelancing with both the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and Singapore Symphony Orchestra on a regular basis.
Liu-Yi has performed recitals in cities across Asia, including Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Phnom Penh, Ipoh, and Yangon. As an avid chamber musician she has played and led ensembles such as the KL String Ensemble, KLPac Sinfonietta, National Youth Orchestra in Kuala Lumpur, and the KL String Project.
An active supporter of new music, Liu-Yi has performed and premiered many of her fellow peers and colleagues works both in Singapore and overseas, most recently performing for the Singapore Composers Lab, a comprehensive workshopping platform for young composers.
She has also worked and studied with from some of the world’s most notable artists, including Vladimir Ashkenazy, James Judd, Kees Bakels, John Georgiadis, Eiji Oue, Ning Feng, Vadim Repin, Robert Spano and Manuel Nawri.
Liu-Yi frequently freelances with a number of ensembles based in Southeast-Asia, including: Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Metropolitan Festival Orchestra, and the Singapore Lyric Opera, becoming Associate Concertmaster of the APO in 2016.
ATCL, BMus Honors 1st class
As a violinist, Robert has enjoyed a career playing violin with many fine orchestras including the NZSO, APO, Collegium Musicum Copenhagen and the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra. He has been concert master of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Wellington Sinfonia and the Auckland Chamber Orchestra where he still works.
As a teacher, Robert enjoys bringing the world of music alive to young students some of whom have gone onto to become professional musicians and teachers in their own right. He is very pleased to offer lessons at Kadimah and ACG Parnell his two central city schools.
Originally from Ōtautahi Christchurch, Jessie Anderson is in her final semester of a BMus/BA conjoint degree at the University of Auckland. She studied viola under Stephen Larsen, in addition to her politics and sociology majors. Since moving to Auckland, Jessie has been active in the local music scene, particularly finding success with her string quartet Viereinigkeit. The quartet is an APO Aspiring Musician Ensemble, and in 2020, won the Pettman/ROSL Arts Scholarship. They will tour the UK later this year, performing in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the British Isles Music Festival.
Jessie has been a member of the NZSO National Youth Orchestra since 2017 and was the principal viola of the Auckland Youth Orchestra from 2019 - to 2021. She has attended the Adam Chamber Music Summer School with the NZSQ on a number of occasions. Jessie also holds an ATCL on piano and enjoys teaching both privately and for Lewis Eady Music School.
Born in South Korea, Julianne Song was raised in New Zealand. She completed her Bachelor of Music at the age of 20 under Stephen Larsen at the University of Canterbury. In 2012, she moved to Germany and later completed her Master of Music at the Hochschule Für Musik Detmold under Prof. Eckhard Fischer. With her String Quartet in 2016, she completed her Master of Chamber Music at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover under Prof. Oliver Wille.
From 2003 to 2006, Julianne was a part of the Pettman Junior Academy programme. She was one of the founding members and a violinist of the Lazarus String Quartet, which a year after its formation, won the ROSL Arts/Pettman Scholarship. Since then, the quartet has performed in many festivals including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Budleigh Salterton Festival. They were regular performers at the International Akaroa Summer Festival and have performed all over England, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The Lazarus String Quartet have worked with many prestigious musicians including Eberhard Feltz, the Kuss Quartet and the Doric String Quartet.
After moving back home to New Zealand, Julianne is now teaching, with a great focus on chamber music
Lydia Sewell is a Kiwi-American violinist from Madison, WI. Prior to moving to Auckland, she toured around the world with Holland America Line, performing with Lincoln Center Stage, a musical fusion piano quintet. A substitute violinist for the Auckland Philharmonia, Ms. Sewell has also served as an Associate Member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and has played with the Pittsburgh Ballet, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Illinois Philharmonic, as well as the Elgin, Wheeling, South Bend, Quad Cities, and Illinois Symphony Orchestras in. Ms. Sewell made her solo debut in 2009 with the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra, performing the Barber Concerto as a winner of their concerto competition. In 2016, she made her West Coast concert debut performing a commissioned work by Townsend Losey with the Los Angeles based choral ensemble, Ensoma. More recently completed a tour of China performing, lecturing and giving masterclasses for the online music education company Discover Melody.
Ms. Sewell received her Masters in Violin Performance on full scholarship from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, where she served as both Concertmaster and Principal Second. In 2011, she received her Bachelors in Violin Performance from Azusa Pacific University in Los Angeles, where she served as Concertmaster for the University Choir and Orchestra and Principal Second in the APU symphony. Ms. Sewell has studied with Gene Purdue, Alex Russell, Lorenz Gamma, and Rachel and Charles Stegeman, and has had master classes with Ilya Kaler, Hagai Shaham, Soh-Hyun Altino, Henning Kraggerud, and Rachel Barton Pine.
Jiwon is a Korean born New Zealand raised violinist and holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours from the New Zealand School of Music. Principal teachers include Stephen Larsen, Vesa-Matti Leppanen (concertmaster NZSO) and Wilma Smith (ex-concertmaster MSO). Throughout her studies she was a recipient of many scholarships and prizes including solo and chamber music competitions. Since her student days she has been performing extensively as an orchestral violinist and is currently on contract as Tutti Violin with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. She has also played regularly with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra among other orchestras in New Zealand and Australia. She also recently spent time in the UK receiving lessons from principal players of the top London orchestras including Royal Philharmonic and London Philharmonic Orchestras. Jiwon has many years of private teaching experience and enjoys helping students achieve their violin and musical goals.
An Australian citizen, but born in Amsterdam to a family of musicians, Steven Retallick moved to London at an early age and was educated in the UK at the Purcell School, a specialist music school. He attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, completing his cello studies with Professor Stefan Popov.
Orchestras he has worked with professionally include in the Orquesta Sinfonica de Asturias and the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada in Spain. In Hong Kong with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the USA with Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Thailand with the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, Australia with Opera Australia and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Ireland with the Ulster Orchestra and the UK with the LSO and the Philharmonia. He has guested as Principal with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.
Since 1998, Steve has worked for the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra as Assistant Principal. He has performed two solo concerts with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra; the concerto for cello by Gavin Bryars conducted by Kevin Field; and Snapshots, a commissioned work for cello and orchestra by Malaysian composer Adeline Wong, also conducted by Kevin Field.
Steve has been teaching steadily for the last 30 years of his career, with students in the United States, Hong Kong, and of course Malaysia. His students have had great success, many going on to pursue tertiary education at reputable conservatories around the world, and one even joining him in the cello section of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. More recently, he has been travelling to the Philippines to train young musicians there in orchestral practices, as well as in 1 on 1 lessons.
James Yoo was born in 1988 in South Korea and he began playing cello at the age of 7. He studied at the Sydney Conservatorium, the Musikhochschule in Cologne, and The University of Waikato. Former teachers include Maria Kliegel, James Tennant, Susan Blake and Thomas Tsai.
James regularly performs throughout New Zealand, Australia and Asia. Since the age of 16, he has been frequently invited to perform on Fine Music 102.5FM and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. He has also performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras and ensembles, including SBS Television and Radio Youth orchestra, Kuring-Gai Philharmonic Orchestra, North Sydney Youth Symphony, Camerata Ensemble and The University of Waikato Orchestra.
James was a member of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra for 4 years.
He currently teaches cello and chamber music at the University of Auckland.
As an educator, James is well known in the Auckland musical community, both as a cello and chamber music teacher. He is particularly interested in analysing and giving lecture recitals on technical aspects of cello playing, including Etudes and Caprices by David Popper and Carlo Alfredo Piatti.
Born in Indonesia and raised in New Zealand, Jesbery Hartono-Hall holds a Master of Music with First Class Honours from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She has been awarded scholarships and funding such as the Anne Bellam and the Wallace Foundation to further her studies in Europe.
Jesbery has played for and worked with many renowned artists such as cellists Daniel Müller-Schott, Torleif Thedéen, Alexander Gebert, Clemens Krieger (Dresdner Philharmonie), Dinar Enikeev (Robert Schumann Philharmonie), Ramón Jaffé, Mario di Secondi and Elisabeth Kufferath of the Tetzlaff String Quartet, amongst many others in Germany, America and New Zealand.
She has played at prestigious venues around Europe such as the Berlin Konzerthaus and Predjama Castle, amongst many others. Jesbery has also played in film soundtracks and other music videos in New Zealand. A founding member of the prize-winning Akato Piano Trio, the group has also been succesful in New Zealand and Europe.
Jesbery is an active orchestral musician who performs regularly with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and the Royal New Zealand Ballet, and has also worked with the Auckland Chamber Orchestra, Bach Musica NZ, Orchestra Wellington and Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra. She is passionate about teaching students of all ages and works at the Epsom Music School, Remuera Music School and Albany School of Music.
Callum holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Michigan State University, where he studied with Suren Bagratuni. While at MSU Callum was a teaching assistant to Professor Bagratuni and principal cellist of the MSU Symphony Orchestra. Prior to his studies in the USA he completed his Masters degree in cello performance at the University of Waikato, studying with James Tennant. Callum has taken part in masterclasses with Gautier Capucon, Alexander Ivashkin, Laurence Lesser, Leslie Parnas, and Thorlief Thedeen.
In 2014 Callum toured for Chamber Music New Zealand as a member of the Rangitoto Piano Trio, which was recorded live in concert for broadcast on Radio New Zealand, and he recently recorded the six Michl bassoon quartets for Atoll Records with his two sisters and bassoonist Ben Hoadley. Callum teaches for the Pettman National Junior Academy of Music in Auckland and is a contract member of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. He has also played regularly in orchestras such as the Auckland Chamber Orchestra, Opus Chamber Orchestra, Jackson Symphony, Lansing Symphony and the West Michigan Symphony.
Callum studied piano with Rae de Lisle and Katherine Austin during his Bachelor’s degree, and has performed extensively as an accompanist in the United States and New Zealand.
French-New Zealander cellist Martin Roberts grew up in Christchurch, where his passion for music, and particularly chamber music, was first ignited. Martin studied initially at the University of Canterbury before finishing his Bachelor, Honours, and Masters degrees at the University of Auckland, under the guidance of Edith Salzmann. Following these studies, Martin spent three years in Germany with Prof. Mario De Secondi at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Trossingen, where he furthered his education in both solo performance and chamber music. To further enhance his training, Martin has attended many music festivals such as the Academy International d’Été De Nice (France), the Internationale Sommerakademie Schwetzingen-Worms (Germany), and the Tuckamore Music Festival (Canada).
Martin has performed up and down the country within orchestras and chamber groups, most notably touring for Chamber Music New Zealand alongside the New Zealand String Quartet. While overseas, he was fortunate enough to join the Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen and regional youth orchestras, which saw him perform all over Germany, as well as in Switzerland, Italy, and China. He is also an artist for the Lincoln Center Stage programme aboard Holland America Line, based in New York City.
Since his return to New Zealand, Martin has been teaching and performing, both in orchestral settings as well as with his string quartet, the Arcus Quartet.
Born in USSR (Tashkent City, Republic of Uzbekistan, USSR). In 1975 he started studying cello and double bass at the Uspensky Special Music School. In 1993 he was graduated as a double bass player from the Novosibirsk State Conservatory (Russia).
His full-time professional orchestra experience includes working with the Army Orchestra of the Siberian Region, Chamber Orchestra of Novosibirsk Philharmonia (Novosibirsk, Russia), the Novosibirsk State Academic Symphony Orchestra (Novosibirsk, Russia), Slavic Academic Symphony Orchestra (Moscow, Russia), Opera and Ballet orchestra of Zatz Theatra (Moscow, Russia), Bilkent Academic Symphony Orchestra (Ankara, Turkey) and Auckland Philharmonia.
Evgeny’s teaching experience includes teaching double bass in Bilkent University (Turkey), The University of Auckland and the Epsom Music School.
Cole Johnston is currently one of the most sought after male performers in NZ having recently performed in the NZ tour of Madagascar and several others. With a career of over 50 shows under his belt at the age of 24, he is excited to keep exploring new opportunities both in NZ and abroad.
As the Programme Director of the National Youth Theatre since 2019, Cole has exceptional skills working with and understanding the needs of young performers and cannot wait to help the next generation of artists succeed.
Kylie is a Kiwi-born singer and vocal tutor. Influenced by Alicia Keys, Tierney Sutton and India Arie among others, her soulful voice is powerful and versatile. She has experience performing in New Zealand and internationally. Kylie completed a certificate of performance at Excel School of Performing Arts and was awarded top female vocalist. She participated in the 2nd year program touring the North Island extensively for 5 months. Alongside gigging for weddings and functions she was involved in numerous community tours and performances in Germany, Russia and Poland.
She returned to Excel 2012 to teach vocals and can now be found singing or teaching singing privately after completing her Bachelor of Music in Jazz Vocals, training under Julie Mason. Additionally she has completed Levels 1 & 2 of Estill Voice Training. Kylie can be found performing with her trio Stolen Moments or Auckland Bands Fibonacci & Big Ticket among other projects.
MMus Perfomance- BMus singing
Educated in Europe and New Zealand, Italian lyric coloratura soprano Lilia Carpinelli holds a Master of Music (First Class) from Auckland University and a Singing Degree from Conservatorio di Musica Giuseppe Martucci Salerno (Italy). Based in Auckland since 2008, Lilia has appeared with orchestras in Italy, Austria, China, Israel and Palestine. She is currently a New Zealand Opera Freemasons Resident Artist and a member of the NBR Chapman Opera Chorus.
In addition to engagements all over the world, Lilia maintains a strong presence in New Zealand as performer and as teacher. As a singing teacher Lilia has more than 20 years experience. She enjoys teaching a variety of singing styles to students of any age and level.
Hye-Won Suh is a South Korean-born flutist of New Zealand. She gained a Master of Music from the University of Auckland under tutelage of Professor Uwe Grodd before she moved to Boston, USA, and gained Graduate Diploma at the New England Conservatory in studio of Ms. Elizabeth Rowe, the Principal Flute of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Hye-Won’s competition successes include; first prize in the KBB New Zealand Woodwind Competition, first prize in the Tauranga Performing Arts Competition, and being the youngest finalists at the Australian Flute Competition. She has performed the Ibert Flute Concerto and Mozart Concerto in G with various orchestras and played principal flute role with the Auckland Youth Orchestra, the University of Auckland Orchestra, and NZSO National Youth Orchestra. Hye-Won received number of scholarships including Anne Bellam Scholarships, John Baros Scholarship, NZSO Alex Lindsay Award, the UOA Vice Chancellor’s Arts Support Fund. She was also a fellowship student of the NZSO and the recipient of AIMES Music Award sponsored by Albany Toyota.
During her two years study in the United States, she had great privilege to play for internationally acclaimed musicians such as Marina Piccinini, Amy Porter, Leone Buyse, Borromeo String Quartet, John Ferrillo, and Robert Langevin. As one of Hye-Won’s passion lies in performing new music, she was actively involved in performing new music in Callithumpian Consort directed by Stephen Drury. As well as performing works of Morten Feldman, Charles Ives, Thomas Adès, she has performed British composer Julian Anderson’s Van Gogh Blue (2015) under direction of the composer himself in the Boston Symphony Orchestra Preconcert series. She has played principal flute role in the New England Conservatory Philharmonia, directed by Hugh Wolff. Other conductors she has worked with include Sir. Andrew Davis, Alexander Shelley, Richard Gill, and Leonard Slatkin.
Hye-Won has been teaching for over a decade and her students gain distinction in ABRSM and Trinity Grade exams. She loves working with young students and is a passionate teacher in both solo and ensemble playing.
Christine Kim is a flautist who successfully completed her Advanced Studies with Professor Mirjam Nastasi at Freiburg Musikhochschule in Germany. She also holds a Bachelor of Music First Class Honours and Master of Music under the tutelage of Professor Uwe Grodd at the University of Auckland School of Music.
Christine has won numerous scholarships and awards including, the 74th Annual Society of American Musicians Competition in the United States, 1st place in the University of Auckland Graduation Gala Concerto Competition, 2nd place and Best Woodwind in the Rotorua National Concerto Competition and 2nd place with her flute and piano duo at the Internationale Interpretationswettbewerb Verfemte Musik in Schwerin, Germany.
Throughout her career Christine was chosen to participate in numerous master classes with artists such as Marya Martin, Leone Buyse, Felix Renggli, Jean Ferrandis, Paul Edmund-Davis, Denis Bouriakov, Robert Aitken and Sir James Galway.
Since returning to New Zealand in 2013, Christine has been an active freelance musician, with a passion for teaching and a special love and knowledge of woodwind chamber music.
Raewyn Winter was born in New Zealand, where she completed a BMus(Hons) with Anthony Ferner. She went on to study at the Royal Northern College of Music with Richard Davis, Linda Verrier and Joanne Boddington, graduating with a PGDip and MMus. She was a recipient of Arts Excellence Awards from the Malvina Major Foundation and the Tytheridge Travelling Scholarship in Arts. Returning to New Zealand in 2008, Raewyn now enjoys a busy teaching career in Auckland and continues to perform as a freelance musician with orchestras including the Auckland Philharmonia, Auckland Chamber Orchestra and Christchurch Symphony.
Fascinated by early and contemporary music alike, recorder player Imogen Morris is active as a soloist and in a variety of ensemble settings. She has performed concerts in Germany, Austria, and South Korea, as well as in New Zealand, where recent projects have included Telling Tales, a concert of solo contemporary works inspired by stories, and Zeitgeist, a programme of works for recorder and live electronics presented in collaboration with composer Clovis McEvoy. She has also performed with leading ensembles such as NZ Barok and the Karlheinz Company. Imogen is especially passionate about developing New Zealand’s unique voice in recorder playing and frequently performs and premieres works by New Zealand composers.
Imogen is the instrumental teacher for recorder at the University of Auckland, where she is also currently completing a PhD in musicology supervised by Associate Professors Allan Badley and Nancy November, and Dr Rachael Griffiths-Hughes.
In 2017, she completed a Master of Music in recorder at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, studying with Prof. Peter Holtslag. Prior to this, she was taught by Jessica Shaw at the University of Auckland, where she received her Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours. Her education has been augmented by masterclasses with Han Tol, Myriam Eichberger, Peter van Heyghen, and Martin Ripper, among others.
MMus and DMA candidacy
Elsa is an active freelance musician and experienced teacher since arriving New Zealand in 2005. She performs with Bach Musica and Auckland Chamber Orchestra in Auckland. As principal clarinet, Elsa regularly performs with the Festival Opera and Hawkes Bay Orchestra at Napier, she also had a great fun playing principal with Orchestra Wellington for their recording project before the Covid Lock Down. In addition, Elsa really enjoys all the performances with NBR Opera Tour, and several chamber music works and Musicals items at the Auckland Festival.
Before arriving New Zealand, Elsa was appointed as Assistant Principal and Bass Clarinet at The China Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) through PRC China’s Foreign Expert Bureau. With CPO Elsa had opportunities to perform with international artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Placido Domingo, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Elaine Paige and Lang Lang etc. She was also a featured soloist with CPO performing Copland Clarinet Concerto and broadcasted on National TV. With her job, Elsa performed extensively in Asia, Europe, North America and Latin America. Cities and countries she had toured through are Tokyo, Seoul, Taiwan, London, Paris, Vienna, Berlin, Warsaw, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Toronto, major cities in America and Puerto Rico. She was also invited as guest clarinet to perform with Singapore Symphony.
Elsa is originally from Hong Kong. She gained her Master of Music degree and DMA candidacy at the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) at University of Cincinnati with years of fellowship grants from Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Scholarship as well as CCM Scholarship. At school she won CCM Concerto Competition and was commissioned a concerto written by Professor Emeritus Dr. Allen Sapp. This Concerto for Clarinets was specially written for Elsa featuring her versatility on Eb Soprano, A and Bass Clarinets all in in work. While still a student, Elsa won International Clarinet Association Recording Project Competition with her Clarinet Quartet “Prestige”. They are the only student group among all winners from candidates of 22 countries. Before being tapped by CPO, Elsa won a position at the Kalamazoo Sympathy Orchestra (Michigan) and played Principal Clarinet for three years at The Song Opera Company (Ohio) and Richmond Opera Company (Indiana).
Besides enjoying teaching and performing, Elsa is also conducting church choirs and community band program training young musicians to enjoy music. Her serious hobby Wool Spinning also brought her opportunities to teach nationwide in New Zealand, Hong Kong and China. She was twice the featured article contributor to New Zealand Creative Fibre Magazine.
Steve Sherriff has been involved in the music industry as a music teacher and professional musician for over 30 years. He teaches currently at Pinehurst School and Takapuna Normal Intermediate School. Steve also has a roster of students he teaches privately, giving in home lessons during the week in the evenings plus Saturdays. In 2019, in addition, he looks forward to taking up teaching positions at Northcross Intermediate and ACG Parnell. Steve works as a freelance musician with a varied resume which includes theatre work playing in the shows of Wizard of Oz, Rocky Horror, Singin’ in the rain, just to mention a few. He has released an album of his own compositions and currently fronts his own 6 piece jazz group focusing on creating collaborative original compositions.
A masters graduate in performance clarinet with highest honours from the Sibelius Academy of Music in Helsinki, Finland. He was the only clarinettist to be accepted into the Sibelius Academy Masters Program for Performance Clarinet in 2010. During his education Rowan studied with clarinettists such as Harri Mäki, Asko Heiskanen and Olli Leppäniemi, and concluded his studies by performing John Adams Gnarly Buttons Clarinet Concerto with the Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra.
Rowan has been frequently invited to play with orchestras such as the Finnish Radio Symphony, Sibelius Academy Symphony, and since his return home to New Zealand in 2013 he has been performing with orchestras such as the New Zealand and Christchurch Symphony. Rowan is a keen chamber musician having won a number of chamber music competitions, and has up until recently been regularly traveling around Scandinavia touring with the chamber music group Marinis Quintet. Rowan has also toured as a concerto soloist with orchestras such as the Auckland Youth Orchestra and the Waitakere Orchestra.
He is an avid contemporary music performer and has won the Lilburn Composition Competition Performance Prize. Rowan has been part of many collaboration projects with New Zealand composers, and this will be a particular focus in his performing schedule over the coming year. Since his return, Rowan has been teaching clarinet at the University of Waikato.
Jake Krishnamurti is currently completing his Bachelor of Music at the University of Auckland. He first started playing the trumpet at the age of 4 and now regularly performs with many ensembles throughout Auckland. He also began playing trombone in high school and has earned DipABRSM Music Performance Diplomas on both trumpet and trombone.
His professional experience includes playing in performances of Phantom of the Opera, Billy Elliot the Musical and at the Pop-up Globe. Jake is also a keen jazz musician and has performed at the Tauranga Jazz Festival with groups such as ALCHEMY and the Queen City Big Band. Musical highlights include playing a duet with Josh Groban, performing with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra alongside Sol3 Mio at Christmas in the Vines, as well as playing at the opening ceremony of the 2017 World Masters Games.
Linda Filimoehala won several competitions in Auckland. At the age of 19 she won her first open age championship in the ABA fast melody solo competition, In 2013 she became the first pacific islander and the first euphonium player to be a finalist in the Auckland University Graduation Gala Concerto Competition and to this day she is still the only Pacific Islander and Euphonium player to have made it in the final. She recieved a Gold in the New Zealand Concert Band Association (NZCBA) solo competition and won the open age category in 2017 and 2018. Linda has participated in many Brass Bands, such as the Auckland City Youth and Senior Band, The Smiths Locksmiths Manukau City Brass Band, The Royal Air Force Brass Band and is currently playing principal Euphonium for the Trusts Waitakere Brass Band, The Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery Brass, The Central Auckland Brass Band and hails from a family of talented Tongan musicians. Linda’s greatest achievement was opening a music academy in 2015 for underprivileged kids who couldn’t afford lessons. Working together with her family they were able to provide free education as well as free musical instruments. Linda is a passionate musician and loves what she does.
Anita has recently returned from the Queensland Conservatorium in Brisbane receiving a Masters in Music Studies (French Horn) as well as The Griffith Award for Academic Excellence in both years of study. She previously completed a Bachelor of Music (Hons.) majoring in Classical Performance, French Horn in 2017 at the University of Auckland where she was also awarded an Auckland University Summer Research Scholarship that looked at teaching brass to 5-7 year olds via age-appropriate pedagogies. Anita has undertaken professional development through the Queensland Symphony Orchestra Internship (2019), New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Fellowship (2017) and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Internship (2016). Anita has worked as a freelance horn player in both New Zealand and Australia including Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra as well as previously being principal horn of the Auckland Youth Orchestra and NZSO National Youth Orchestra. In 2020 she will be presenting a series of solo recitals with pianist Camila de Oliveira and performing Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 4 with Northland Sinfonia.
Barkin Sertkaya is an internationally acclaimed guitarist and an academic. He performs frequently in New Zealand, directs the guitar studio at the University of Auckland – School of Music, and teaches in select schools in Auckland.
Barkin's scope of teaching expertise ranges across various international academia including the Bilkent University- College of Music and Performing Arts, Cankaya University and the University of Auckland. Barkin quintessentially blends pedagogical experience, classical Western ethos and Eastern philosophy, while respecting the contemporary techniques of leading schools, methods and virtuosos of the globe.
As a soloist, he performed in numerous festivals and won competitions throughout Europe, toured East Europe and Asia-minor with renown vocal artist Cem Adrian, performed with celebrated pianist Fazil Say , delivered hundreds of solo/ chamber recitals and was handpicked as a multi-instrumentalist performer in Cirque du Soleil’s ZED.
In his post New Zealand career, he performed in concerts including Auckland town hall, Cambridge and Hamilton guitar societies, Christchurch, Timaru, Nelson, Coromandel and New Plymouth. His debut tour "Anatolia-Aotearoa" was a "Quintessential performance for a unique classical guitar repertoire"(E. Kerr). He has also performed in Taranaki Classical Guitar Festival New Zealand, took the stage as a soloist for Concierto de Aranjuez and Vivaldi's Lute Concerti with BachMusicaNZ
The unique repertoire he performs as a soloist includes J. S. Bach arrangements, Rodrigo, Dyens, Lobos, Romantic period guitar, and a contemporary Eastern European playlist of Bogdanovic, Bayraktar and Domeniconi that concentrates on Anatolian culturescapes. Further, he has collaborated and commissioned works by Kiwi composers B.Paine; E. De-Castro Robinson, B.Hoadley. In 2020 B.Paine written his masterpiece in dedication to the artist, "Seikilos Chimes", which was funded by CreativeNZ and premiered in TCGSS2020 New Plymouth.
Lih Reng Foo
Lih has been teaching guitar full-time since 2010 in Auckland. He is an itinerant guitar teacher at various schools across Auckland as well as teaching privately from home. Lih was Initially trained as a veterinarian in Malaysia and had eventually decided to pursue his passion for teaching and performing the classical guitar. He is a classically trained guitarist and has been performing solo classical guitar for weddings and various corporate functions since 2007. He is also a registered Suzuki method classical guitar teacher who completed level 1 and 2 guitar teacher training.
Elliott is a musician and educator based in Auckland, New Zealand. Started learning music at age of 14, he was awarded the Musician Award from Smokefree Rock Quest in 2008. After learning jazz in the University of Auckland, he was able to expand his performance in rock, jazz, blues, funk, soul, pop, gospel, reggae and etc. Elliott has performed with various professional artists from different countries. Not only working with original bands including Outside In, Marina Bloom and Steve Edwards Collective, but also he is touring with covers bands and other multiple projects including Elegantly Wasted, Hyzsteria, Good to Go and Lounge Apes throughout New Zealand. Currently studying for a Masters degree in jazz performance, as an educator Elliott will explore improvisation, groove, harmony, and theory to improve students to be more creative on their performance.
Robin is a guitarist, composer and educator based in Central Auckland. He has been a member of the Auckland music scene since his early teens and he is known for his versatility; performing with various pop, rock, jazz and experimental music groups throughout the years. He is also a passionate guitar instructor who likes to share his wealth of musical knowledge to students of all levels.
His achievements include winning the Ken Mitchell Trophy for Best Original Composition and SOUNZ Trophy for Best Performance of a NZ composition at the 2017 National Youth Jazz Competition.
Robin is currently completing his Bachelor of Music: Jazz Performance degree at the University of Auckland.
Cheryl won a scholarship to the Royal Northern College of Music at the age of 16 and won 2 International Competitions at age 20. She studied privately with John Williams and toured extensively as a solo artist, appearing many times on BBC radio and TV.
Cheryl is an International teacher/performer, with many years of experience teaching all levels of ability from Concert/University level, to complete beginners. Cheryl is very passionate about teaching expression/phrasing/tone and dynamics to her students as early as possible.
Cheryl has a passion for teaching and loves to encourage and challenge her students to achieve the best they can. Being a mother of 5 children – she loves working with children as well as adults
Josiah is a composer, conductor and performer based in Auckland, New Zealand. He has just finished his masters degree in composition studying with Leonie Holmes, and has had the opportunity to work with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, NZ Trio and ACE Brass Trio along with many other performers and ensembles throughout the country. He has also performed professionally with some of NZ’s best ensembles and performers as a percussionist.