Michael Endres | Piano

Pianist Michael Endres performs worldwide as a soloist and chamber music partner. He has a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School (New York), and has won many prestigious performance and discography prizes, including the Concours Geza Anda (Zurich), First and Special Prizes at the International Schubert Competition (Germany), Diapason d’or (France), and the Choc du Musique (France). Endres has a distinguished teaching career as Professor of Piano at the Musikhochschule Cologne, the Hanns Eisler Hochschule (Berlin), the University of Canterbury (New Zealand) and the Barrat Due Institute (Norway). He regularly plays at festivals in Europe, America and Asia.

His solo recordings include cycles of the complete sonatas by Mozart, Schubert and Weber, as well as the complete works of Ravel, Gershwin and works by Schumann. The Boston Globe music critic Richard Dyer called him “one of the most interesting pianists recording today”, while the New York Times said “the performances with pianist Michael Endres were revelatory”.

Takako Nishizaki 西崎崇子 | Violin

Takako Nishizaki 西崎崇子 studied from an early age with her father, Shinji, the co-founder of the Suzuki Method, and with Shinichi Suzuki himself. She was the first student to complete the now famous Suzuki course, and she began performing in public at age five. Before she was 10, she had played for artists such as Isaac Stern and Sir Malcolm Sargent. Subsequently, she studied with Broadus Erle and Hideo Saito at Toho Conservatory in Tokyo, followed by further study in the United States with Broadus Erle at Yale, and Joseph Fuchs at Juilliard.
Takako continues the legacy of her early music education with her own Violin Teaching Studio in Hong Kong which has 200 students. Her teaching method combines the best elements of the Suzuki Method with traditional teaching. Many of these students win prizes at the Hong Kong schools’ annual music competition, frequently competing with students twice their age.

In addition to her renowned teaching practice, Takako has performed in concert with well-known international orchestras and artists, and in her native Japan Takako is one of the most frequently recorded and bestselling violinists of all time. She has served on the juries of major international violin competitions including the Fritz Kreisler (Vienna), Michael Hill (New Zealand) and Hannover competitions.

Since her studies at Juilliard, where she was awarded the Fritz Kreisler Scholarship, Takako has been the recipient of a number of international awards, and has achieved wide recognition in The People’s Republic of China and South-East Asia.

Yid-Ee Goh | Violin

Yid-Ee Goh holds a Bachelor of Music (Honours) in Violin Performance (Victoria University of Wellington, 1992) and a Master of Music Therapy (Nordoff-Robbins) (City University of London, 2003). He has extensive experience as a soloist, teacher, and music therapist in New Zealand and abroad, and is currently the Concertmaster of the Manukau Symphony Orchestra. From 2004–2008, Yid-Ee was the Managing Director of the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre (Auckland, New Zealand). In addition to his regular freelance performing as a violinist, Yid-Ee has been teaching violin, viola, and chamber music at a variety of highly reputable Auckland schools since 2008. Yid-Ee’s musical endeavours are guided by his passion for musical excellence and the relationship he establishes with his students and colleagues. His skill and experience as a music therapist inform his teaching through his training in the areas of psychology and child development. Combined with the ethics of ‘leading by example’ and ‘instilling confidence’, it is his aim to empower all those he works with to achieve their professional and personal goals.

Robert Ashworth | Viola

Robert Ashworth is Principal viola for the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. He arrived in New Zealand from Canada in 2003 for a one-year adventure, however, the connection he formed with this country through its music, people and country-side has resulted in a significant contribution as an orchestral, chamber ensemble musician and teacher for the last 17 years.

Robert was twice the recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts Award for Emerging Artists, and he has had the honour to study with violists Thomas Riebl and Veronika Hagen at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria and with Gerald Stanick at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

Robert has performed with various groups at international chamber music festivals in Europe, North America, and Japan, and he has been guest-principal viola for the Melbourne Symphony, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, as well as Assistant Principal for the Calgary Phil¬harmonic Orchestra. He is violist with the Jade String Quartet in Auckland, and also plays with the Australian World Orchestra.

Professor Donald Maurice MNZM, PhD | Viola and Viola d’amore

Donald has performed internationally for over four decades as viola soloist and chamber musician, premiering many works and presenting at International Viola Congresses since 1978 in Australasia, Britain, Canada, Europe and the USA. He has been teaching viola and musicology in New Zealand at tertiary level for 35 years, and his former students have gained positions in many parts of the world. He is developing a school of modern viola d’amore playing to embrace its role in repertoire of the 21st century and to rediscover its baroque masterpieces.

In 2008, Donald performed as viola soloist in the Holocaust Requiem by Israeli composer, Boris Pigovat, (Atoll Records) and he gave the German premiere in Wuerzburg in 2011. His extensive discography on viola and viola d’amore appears on the Acte Prealable, Atoll, Kiwi Pacific, Naxos and Tantara labels and his publishers include OUP, Wirripang, Editio Musica Budapest, Enoch & Cie, Comus and Waiteata Music Press.

Much of Donald’s research has focused on Eastern European and Australasian composers who have sought to find cultural identity through music. His work on the viola d’amore has garnered much attention through three recent CD releases and a documentary film on Christoph Graupner, which has been screened in Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Canada and New Zealand.

Edith Salzmann | Cello

Edith Salzmann studied at the Music Academy in Detmold, Germany and at Indiana University, Bloomington (USA) with cello teachers including Janos Starker, Irene Guedel and Andre Navarra. She has been a member of the Tibor Varga Chamber Orchestra, the Corda String Quartet, the Musikfabrik Duesseldorf and has performed extensively all over Europe, America, Asia and Australasia. From 2001 Edith was Senior Lecturer for cello at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch followed by a Senior Lecturer position at the University of Auckland. Since 2018, she has been teaching at the University of Melbourne. In high demand as a teacher, she has given masterclasses in Korea, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Italy, Germany, Poland and Switzerland. Since 2005, Edith has been the Artistic Director of the Musiktage Merzig Festival in Germany, the International Akaroa Music Festival and the Pettman National Junior Academy in New Zealand. Edith has recorded for the Stradivarius label (Milan), EMI Germany and Atoll New Zealand.

Mat Fieldes | Double Bass

New Zealand born Mat Fieldes earned his Master’s degree from The Juilliard School where he studied with Eugene Levinson, Principal Bass of the New York Philharmonic. As a soloist, Mr. Fieldes has performed Mark Anthony Turnage’s concerto, Blood on the Floor, in New York City and with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. He was a soloist for Gene Pritsker’s concerto for electric and acoustic bass, Lost Illusions with the Adelaide Symphony. A recent highlight was to feature in the rock trio for performances of Bernstein’s ‘Mass’ at the Royal Albert Hall for the BBC proms.

As an orchestral and chamber musician he has played with the New Zealand Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Key West Symphony, Long Island Philharmonic, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, New Zealand String Quartet, New Zealand Trio, Continuum and the Bronx Arts Ensemble.

Being equally comfortable in classical, jazz, rock, hip-hop, R&B and Broadway genres, Mat brings his diverse experience to his teaching. “Mat is a brilliant musician and performer … and is tremendously dedicated to the department and to all of his students”. Timothy Ho, HoD, Horace Mann School, New York.

Uwe Grodd | Flute

Uwe Grodd’s contributions to classical music have brought him worldwide acclaim as flautist, conductor, editor and teacher. A graduate of Mainz University, Germany, Grodd studied with teachers of international repute including André Jaunet, Robert Aitken and Maestro Sergio Celibidache. As Professor Emeritus of the University of Auckland, Uwe Grodd’s reputation as an inspiring teacher is well documented by his students’ international performances and prizes. Many of his students are enjoying careers in Europe, North America and New Zealand. Uwe has been Music Director of the Manukau Symphony Orchestra since its inception in 1993, and was invited to become Music Director of the Auckland Choral Society in 2008. His editions of flute chamber music by Vaňhal, Hummel, Beethoven and Ries, published by Artaria Editions, are increasingly in demand. He has made world première recordings of more than 80 works of 18th and early 19th Century music, and twice earned Gramophone magazine’s Editor’s Choice as well as the International Record Review Outstanding industry award. He is currently a supervisor for doctoral students at the University of Canterbury.

Michael Bell | Organ

Michael Bell is presently resident organist, composer and music teacher at King's School in Remuera, Auckland. Tutored on the pipe organ at King's College, Auckland, in 1991 Michael Bell toured with a school group around France and England. A particular highlight was a performance on the organ at Canterbury Cathedral. Michael completed a Bachelor of Music and Diploma of Teaching at Auckland University in 2002. He was formerly the Director of Music at St Matthews in the City for fourteen years (2002-2016) where his setting of Psalm 100 was performed in 2016. Michael won best performance of a NZ work at the Kids Sing in June 2017, and continues to compose for the resident choir at King's School. He has a particular love for the work of Bach and Mozart, and enjoys the art of improvisation.

Uwe Grodd | Conductor

Uwe Grodd’s contributions to classical music have brought him worldwide acclaim as flautist, conductor, editor and teacher. He has made world première recordings of more than 80 works of 18th and early 19th Century music. Grodd initially gained worldwide attention when awarded First Prize at the Cannes Classical Awards 2000 for Best 18th Century Orchestral Recording for his CD of Vaňhal Symphonies, and twice earned Gramophone magazine’s Editor’s Choice as well as the International Record Review Outstanding industry award.

A graduate of Mainz University, Germany, Grodd studied with teachers of international repute including André Jaunet, Robert Aitken and Maestro Sergio Celibidache. He was invited to become Music Director of the Auckland Choral Society in 2008 and has been Music Director of the Manukau Symphony Orchestra since its inception in 1993. As Professor Emeritus of the University of Auckland Uwe Grodd’s reputation as an inspiring teacher is well documented by his students’ international performances and prizes. His editions of music by Vaňhal, Hummel, Beethoven and Ries, published by Artaria Editions, are increasingly in demand.

Jade String Quartet | Chamber Music

Formed in 2003 in Auckland, New Zealand, the members of Jade String Quartet are Miranda Adams - violin, William Hanfling - violin, Robert Ashworth - viola, and Edith Salzmann - cello. Committed to the performance of the best and most recent music written by New Zealand composers, Jade String Quartet also performs masterpieces from around the world to create a diverse and vibrant repertoire that is both thrilling and inspiring. Their eclectic repertoire for string quartet that ranges from Vivaldi to Hendrix has won Jade a special place in New Zealand as a chamber ensemble that performs with rare musical passion. It is their objective to present recital programmes that promote the quartet as the most ideal chamber music combination.

Jade String Quartet has undertaken several national tours, and they have also had their own concert series - ‘Jade at the Pah’ (with thanks to Sir James Wallace) – in Auckland (2012-2017). They continue to perform concerts at the Pah Homestead and other venues in the Auckland region. Jade has also commissioned and premiered many NZ works by composers including David Hamilton, Anthony Ritchie, Chris Adams, Jonathan Besser, Peter Scholes, Ken Young, John Elmsly, and they have recorded a CD of New Zealand works on the RATTLE label.

Rosemary Barnes | Pianist/Coach

Rosemary Barnes is one of New Zealand's most highly respected resident pianists.
Awarded an Arts Council bursary at the age of eighteen, she left New Zealand for advanced piano studies at the Royal Academy of Music with Franz Reizenstein. Over the next twenty-five years she became one of London's busiest accompanists and vocal coaches - appearing on BBC Radio 3, on Granada TV, and with performances at the Wigmore Hall and throughout the UK. Rosemary has been on the music staff of the English National Opera, and has also taught at the Royal College of Music. From 1993-99 she was Director of the Dip Perf Arts (Opera) at the University of Auckland. Rosemary is a chamber music accompanist, an adjudicator of voice and piano, and has been the chorus and music director for Alan Smythe's landscape operas in the North Harbour Stadium and for Opera Factory. In 2000 was awarded an MNZM for her services to music. She is a Concert FM National Recording Artist and her recordings include three CDs for Continuum record label.

Wayne Laird | Recording

Wayne Laird (ONZM) is a composer, producer, and founder of the independent record label, Atoll Records (1997). Atoll’s catalogue of approximately one hundred CDs features leading New Zealand soloists and ensembles such as Michael Houston, New Zealand String Quartet, New Zealand Chamber Soloists, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Wayne’s prolific work as chief producer has made Atoll the flag bearer for New Zealand composition with recordings of many leading composers such as Gillian Whitehead, Jack Body, Gareth Farr, John Psathas, Anthony Ritchie, Ross Harris and Kenneth Young. Wayne is also frequently contracted to produce records for other major classical labels such as Naxos and Rattle. He has also restored and remastered many historical and archival recordings by New Zealand and international artists. In 2015 Wayne produced the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra's album of works by Chinese composer Long Zhou, which was nominated at the Grammy awards for Best Orchestral Performance. Wayne holds a BA, BMus and MPhil from Auckland University and teaches music production at Waikato University.

Peter Watts MNZM, MA (Hons), LRAM, PGCE | Music Language

In addition to his many practical music-making skills as conductor, choir director, pianist, chamber musician, and harpsichord player, Peter has a passion for Music Education. This has seen him involved at all levels, from Primary School projects, through Secondary School teaching to University lecturing. His particular passion is to enable musicians to understand the music they are playing more fully, by seeing it from theory, harmony and aural points of view. This deep understanding enables students to engage more fully with the demands of practical music–making. Peter has worked with many of New Zealand's leading vocal soloists, choral ensembles and orchestral groups. He has also worked with The National Youth Choir, Auckland University choirs and many choral groups around the country. In addition to examining internationally for Trinity College London, Peter frequently adjudicates for The Big Sing Secondary Schools Choral Festival.
Peter coordinates the very popular Thursdays @ Seven concerts in Howick, Auckland. In 2005 he was awarded MNZM for services to choral music.

Dr Davinia Caddy | Listening

Davinia Caddy teaches music history, theory and analysis. She began her musical career playing principal flute in the UK’s National Youth Orchestra, gained a PhD in music from Cambridge University, and carried out post-doctoral research at Oxford. As a teacher, Davinia guides her students to the understanding, and interpretation of classical music. Through her approach of ‘listening, thinking and writing’ she strives to open the eyes and ears of her students to the endless adaptability of classical music, its enduring appeal, and its extraordinary power and reach.
Davinia was a senior lecturer in Musicology at the School of Music, University of Auckland until 2018. Her book The Ballet Russes and Beyond: Music and Dance in Belle-Époque Paris was published by Cambridge University Press in 2012.

Dr Wendy Bolitho | Writing for Musicians

Wendy is a writer and musician. She holds a doctoral degree in Sociology and has taught both sociology and written communication at Massey University, Albany (2008-2017). She received her formative music education in the European tradition at the Nelson School of Music and is a proficient flautist, pianist and violinist. She has served on both the staff and Board of Trustees at the Nelson School of Music, and was an active member of the Nelson Symphony Orchestra, Radio Nelson Chamber Orchestra, and Nelson Wind Quintet (1970-2000). As a former itinerant music teacher at both primary and secondary school level, she has over twenty five years instrumental and tutorial teaching experience with children and young adults. Prior to her music teaching career, Wendy worked as a programme producer with the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation and Radio New Zealand. She maintains a keen research interest in the social significance of the musical arts, and the benefits of nurturing practical musicianship from the earliest age.

Dr Sally Bolitho | Writing for Musicians

Sally is an accomplished freelance writing consultant who is also highly experienced as a written communications tutor. She has a strong academic background in both music and history that allows her to assist music students with the broader skills required for academic research and writing. She holds a BMus degree (Auckland, 2002), an MA in history (Auckland, 2005), and an interdisciplinary PhD from the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York, U.K. (2010). Her doctoral research investigated the social importance of music within the context of medieval religious and secular cultures, practices, and architecture.

Sally was a tutor in history at the University of Auckland (2002-2004), the University of York (2004-2007), and she taught written communication at Massey University (Wellington, 2008-2015). Her expertise and experience ranges from working with ESOL students at undergraduate level to consultancy with PhD candidates in a range of disciplines. As the recipient of a Tertiary Education Commission Scholarship (2004) to pursue her doctoral research in the UK, Sally has detailed knowledge about the requirements and processes for making successful applications to study in New Zealand and overseas.

Dr Virginia Farnsworth | Musicians’ Health

Virginia is a registered Clinical Psychologist and a highly experienced Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner. She has co-ordinated ‘Musicians’ Health’, an interdisciplinary paper between Medical Health and Sciences and The School of Music for the University of Auckland, for eight years until 2018. She also works as the Clinical Advisor for Community Alcohol and Drug Services, Waitemata District Health Board. She graduated from the University of Auckland with a Doctor of Clinical Psychology, and holds degrees in Science, Arts and Music.  Her work has involved the development and teaching of health programmes and wellbeing courses for organisations including secondary schools, universities, multidisciplinary performing arts clinic, and Community Alcohol and Drugs Service. Virginia is an active researcher, her investigations in the area of positive psychology and mindfulness help highlight what actions lead to optimal self-regulation, and well-being.  In private work she provides comprehensive psychological support for an array of mental health issues including stress, performance anxiety, depression and self-esteem issues.

Associate Professor Grant Searchfield | Musicians’ Hearing

Associate Professor Grant D Searchfield has been an audiologist since 1994 and obtained his Doctorate in Audiology in 2004. He is the clinical director of the University of Auckland’s Hearing and Tinnitus Clinic, and deputy director of the Eisdell Moore Centre for hearing and balance research in New Zealand.  Grant is a primary investigator in Auckland University’s Centre for Brain Research and Brain Research New Zealand, a national centre of research excellence.  He is a member of the American Tinnitus Associations Scientific Advisory Committee and is an associate editor for the International Journal of Audiology, Scientific Reports and Frontiers in Neuroscience and Psychology. Grant is well known for his research investigating the use of sound and hearing aids for tinnitus management.  His current research is focussed on developing and translating behavioural intervention technologies into clinical practice.  He has a strong interest in how hearing and tinnitus experience can be shaped by the environment and individual factors.

Francis Joung | Musicians’ Fitness

Francis Joung has a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Otago University, 2001) and certification with the NZ Manipulative Association, McKenzie therapy, Clinical Pilates with Back in Motion (NZ), and Dance Medicine Australia. He has built his practice on a strong background in sports rehabilitation, weight training, running, and ballet. As a pianist and guitarist, he has intimate knowledge of musicians' injuries. He is physiotherapist for Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and a guest lecturer at School of Music, University of Auckland. Over the course his career he has developed a great passion for helping people with chronic pain, and this has prompted him to develop frameworks that effectively put together the scientific literature of various disciplines - neurophysiology, cognitive-behavioural, exercise science and, of course, physiotherapy.

Dr Melody Lin | Feldenkrais for Musicians 

Melody is an experienced and passionate flute teacher. She has taught flute, chamber music, and flute ensemble at the University of Auckland for 10 years. She is also a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner (Auckland 2019). Melody combines her insight as a performing artist with her Feldenkrais work to form a unique and holistic approach to teaching. She crafts creative lessons using Feldenkrais principles to assist musicians to discover the experience of freedom and openness that allows musicians to play with better sound quality and the ability to expand their musical creativity. She graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music Performance and furthered her studies at the University of Auckland with Professor Uwe Grodd, graduating with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2011. Melody has performed in the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan, and she is the Principal Flute of the Manukau Symphony Orchestra and regularly performs with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Auckland Chamber Orchestra, Pipers Sinfonia, and has joined the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra on national tours.

Alistair Greenwood | Feldenkrais for Musicians

Alistair graduated with a Master’s Degree in Music from the University of Auckland in 2009. Through his years of study, he discovered the immense benefits of Feldenkrais Method and he has subsequently fully qualified as a practitioner (2019). He now combines 20 years’ experience as a flute teacher with his Feldenkrais practice to provide knowledgeable and caring advice to his clients, many of whom are involved with the performing arts.

Alistair was the Assistant Director of the International Chamber Music Festival during his music studies, which hosted some of the leading classical musicians of that time throughout NZ. He has extensive experience in Tertiary Music Education and was the Course and Programme Director for a contemporary music degree in Christchurch, and a performing arts school in Auckland. Alistair is passionate about assisting his students and clients to reach their full potential and incorporates his experience as a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner into both his teaching and performing.

“As a singer, developing physical awareness and finding freedom in the body couldn’t be of more importance. I came to Alistair with a fixed and limited idea of what my body could do … With the help of this wonderful method, he gently and professionally showed me otherwise”
– Bernice Austin, singer.

Chris Artley | Composer

Chris Artley is one of New Zealand’s leading writers of choral music. He has won first prize in eleven international composing competitions worldwide, including the 2015 Cincinnati Camerata Composition Contest, the 2017 Leeds Philharmonic Christmas Carol Competition, the 2017 Freudig Singers of Western New York Choral Composition Competition and the 2018 District of Colombia Chapter of the American Organists Competition. Chris has had over 50 choral works published worldwide, and his works have been performed by ensembles including: The Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir, The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, the Amadeus Choir of Toronto, the Lutheran Youth Choir of North America, the Metropolitan Chorus of Tokyo, the National University of Singapore Choir, Age of Discovery, Auckland, The Graduate Choir New Zealand, Voices New Zealand, The New Zealand Youth Choir and Secondary Students Choir. Chris has been Guest Composer for Sing Aotearoa 2016 Choral Festival in Rotorua NZ; for the 2018 RSCM Australasian Summer School in Auckland and for ISCMS Choral Festival in Shanghai in Feb 2019.

Associate Professor Eve de Castro Robinson | Composer

Eve de Castro-Robinson is one of New Zealand’s foremost composers. She has been commissioned and performed by a wide variety of performers, including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Auckland Philharmonia, with whom she was Composer-in-Residence in 1991, Chamber Music NZ, NZ String Quartet, NZ Trio, Aventa Ensemble (Canada), the Nash Ensemble of London. Her output ranges from large orchestral to vocal, chamber and virtuoso solo works that are performed in NZ and internationally. She is twice winner of both the SOUNZ Contemporary Award and the Philip Neill Memorial Prize, and has undertaken several international residencies. Eve has five solo CDs on the Atoll and Rattle labels, and her The Gristle of Knuckles won her the 2018 Vodafone NZ Music Awards Best Classical Artist. She is Associate Professor in Composition at the University of Auckland where she directs The Karlheinz Company, and Deputy Chair of the Board of SOUNZ, the Centre for New Zealand Music.

David Hamilton | Composer

David Hamilton was Head of Music at Epsom Girls Grammar School until 2001, Deputy Music Director of Auckland Choral (1996-2011), and composer-in-residence with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (1999). He maintains part-time involvement in music education as a composition tutor and choral conductor. He is well-known as a choral composer and conductor, workshop leader and adjudicator (including the Llangollen International Eisteddfod in Wales). His choral music is widely performed, and is published in the UK, USA, Germany and Finland. Works have been commissioned by choirs in Japan, England, USA, Finland, Canada and Ireland. His music has won competitions locally, and in Italy, the USA, Israel, and the UK. He was guest composer at Sing Aotearoa (2013), and composer-in-residence at the NZ Singing School (2015). In 2018 he was awarded the SOUNZ Community Commission for a new work for youth groups in Taranaki.