It is my great privilege to welcome students and parents into the King’s College Conservatorium of Music family. Alongside my career as a conductor and flautist, it has been my lifelong quest to nurture talented young players and conductors into well-rounded musicians.
It is an incomparable honour to witness the blossoming of promise into excellence as young students develop over time into creative and confident young artists. At King’s College Conservatorium, we bring together a dedicated community of highly experienced, like-minded artist-teachers and music industry experts to realise our vision of a comprehensive contemporary learning experience in the European tradition.
I fervently believe that the Conservatorium provides the springboard that will enable our promising young artists the best opportunities for pursuing musical careers at the international level.
We have a passion for our vocation to nurture students to attain excellence as musicians, but we also believe that ‘the Conservatorium approach’ produces outstanding young people with the capacity to enrich the lives of others.
Why we need King’s College Conservatorium
The pathway to attain entry into the most respected performance music programmes in Europe, the United Kingdom, and North America requires both academic and performance excellence. New Zealand provides excellent academic foundations at both secondary and tertiary level. In addition to academic skills, however, our best young musicians require dedicated supplementary tutoring, guidance and experience in ‘the practical art of performance’ with continuity from the earliest age.
Like high-performance athletes, musicians flourish in an environment committed to high achievement with like-minded individuals and mentors. Success is ultimately reliant on the practical ability to perform in music examinations, competitions and auditions.
Through a comprehensive ‘practice-based’ curriculum, we will assist, advise, and prepare you to attend European or North American masterclasses, individual lessons, as well as auditions and competitions. King’s College Conservatorium is the ideal springboard for making international connections with a vast, well-established network of performers and academic institutions. Our expert members of staff have individual connections in numerous major international centres to facilitate an introduction for you.