In the spotlight

Stephen Small – Composer and Conductor

Stephen Small (b. 1969) is a multi-instrumentalist/producer/arranger.  He studied classical piano with Tamas Vesmas in New Zealand, and with Nelly Ben-Or at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England.  His stylistic interests include Western classical music, contemporary Jazz, Rock and Persian music.   He has recorded and released five previous albums of… Continue Reading

Te Mauri Kapa Haka

Rikihana Kingi leads Te Mauri Kapa Haka and is a father, husband, and entrepreneur born and bred in Rotorua. He gained employment as a cultural entertainer at the Rotorua International, now Holiday Inn, and Te Puia, and many other hotels that offered cultural experiences in Rotorua. After performing Maori performing arts to visitors, he was… Continue Reading

Kotahi Te Wairua

Kotahi Te Wairua is a cultural performance collective that fuses aspects of Maori language with contemporary musical resources. Formed by songwriters Gail Tipene (Ngāpuhi Ngati hine ), Sharon Emirali (Ngaruahine), Anthony Grey ( Ngāpuhi Tainui ) and Stephen Small in 2011, Kotahi Te Wairua offers a unique representation of the unique Unity of Spirit found… Continue Reading

Noelle Dannenbring

Noelle started piano and ballet at an early age and has been active in the performing arts for much of her life. The former Sir Edmund Hillary scholar recently completed her Master’s degree in Music, majoring in piano performance, under Katherine Austin at the University of Waikato after having done her Bachelors of Music (Honours)… Continue Reading

Matthias Balzat

Matthias started learning the cello at the age of 3 and is the youngest of 7 children. Being surrounded by musical siblings, he has had a variety of performance experiences from a very young age, both as soloist and as part of the family ensemble. He has been part of several overseas tours with the… Continue Reading

Simon O’Neill

A native of Ashburton, Simon O’Neill is one of the finest heroic tenors on the international stage. He has been described by the international press as “THE Wagnerian tenor of his generation” and… “the best heroic tenor to emerge over the last decade”. He is the most internationally recognised New Zealand opera singer since Dame… Continue Reading

Holly Mathieson

Meet Holly Mathieson – Guest Conductor for September “Connections” Concert New Zealand-born Holly Mathieson is based in the UK, with a growing portfolio of work in opera houses and on the concert platform.  In the forthcoming season she will take up the post of Assistant Conductor at the RSNO (2016-18), continues her role as Resident… Continue Reading

Amalia Hall

Amalia Hall

Amalia Hall is widely recognised as one of the foremost young violinists to emerge from New Zealand, having received widespread acclaim for her ability to move audiences with her inherent musicality and natural facility. Her numerous competition successes include laureate prizes at the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition in Hannover, the International Violin Competition “Premio… Continue Reading

Edward King

Edward King

Berlin-based New Zealander Edward King began to play the cello at the age of three, and is now a graduate of the University of Waikato, the Leopold Mozart Center (Augsburg), and the University of the Arts in Berlin, where he studied under James Tennant, Julius Berger, and Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt respectively. Regularly invited to perform… Continue Reading

Yoshiko Tsuruta

Starting at the age of 9, Yoshiko Tsuruta learned Marimba privately from Yukiko Sano in Japan. After relocating to New Zealand in 2004, she graduated from the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington in music performance in 2010, having studied under Bruce McKinnon, Laurence Reese, Bud Jones and Jeremy Fitzsimons. She moved to Austria… Continue Reading

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