Meet the Music Directors

Peter Walls

Music Director Peter WallsMusic Director – Opus Orchestra

Peter Walls has conducted professionally in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He is a former Chief Executive of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Peter has an international reputation as an early music specialist and his CD for Naxos of motets by Peter Philips was listed by Neue Musik Zeitung as one of the top early music CDs released in 2002 and received a CHOC award from Le Monde de Musique. He has also conducted many premieres of New Zealand works, including Jack Body’s Alley for the 1998 International Festivals of the Arts.

Peter Walls has always maintained a balance between scholarship and performance, initially as a violinist, and latterly as an orchestral, choral and opera conductor. He is a former member of the Academy of Ancient Music. He was the Music Director of The Tudor Consort between 1990 and 1999, a position he resigned from when he took up a visiting fellowship and the Waynflete lectureship at Magdalen College, Oxford (where he has also held a visiting fellowship at Exeter College).

His first book, Music in the English Courtly Masque (Oxford, 1996) was awarded the Derek Allen prize by the British Academy and an Outstanding Academic Book award from Choice. A new book, History, Imagination and the Performance of Music (Suffolk, UK, & Rochester NY, 2003) has also been very favourably reviewed.

Appointed Professor of Music at Victoria University of Wellington in 1993, Peter Walls has a DPhil in musicology from Oxford. He has recently been appointed Emeritus Professor of Music at Victoria University.


rupert_conductingMusic Director – TWSO

Rupert D’Cruze was appointed Musical Director of the Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra in 2008. Following conducting studies in London at the Royal Academy of Music, he achieved success in international conducting competitions in both Japan and Hungary, which led to large number of engagements in Europe including the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, South German Radio Symphony Orchestra, North Hungarian Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Liszt Ferenc Music Academy

He was Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Huddersfield Philharmonic Orchestra during the 1990’s, and also Musical Director of the Portsmouth Festival Choir. His work as a guest conductor in New Zealand includes the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Manukau City Symphony Orchestra and the St. Matthews Chamber Orchestra


yoshiMusic Director – UYO

Yoshi is foundation music director of the United Youth Orchestra. Originally from Kobe, Japan, Yoshi studied brass performance, especially French horn, and spent 10 years with a civic wind orchestra in Tokyo training as a conductor.

Arriving in New Zealand in 1990, Yoshi was music director of the Waikato Schools Orchestra and then Waikato Youth Orchestra from 1995 to 2002. He was selected for conductors’ masterclasses under Nicholas Braithwaite and Miguel Harth-Bedoya in 1999 and 2000. Yoshi is a guest conductor of Bay of Plenty Symphonia, and led them for a concert in November 2005. He was given a Civic Award (Hamilton) in 2003 in recognition of his substantial contributions to youth music. Yoshi also contributed to the Japanese Garden, Hamilton Gardens.


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