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  Olivier Messiaen (1908 – 1992). He was a French composer, organist, and ornithologist, one of the major composers of the 20th century. He travelled widely and wrote works inspired by diverse influences such as Japanese music, the landscape of Bryce Canyon in Utah and the life of St. Francis of Assisi.He said he perceived colours when he […]

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Haihong Liu. Chinese-born NZSO first violinist Haihong is a graduate of the prestigious Beijing Central Conservatory of Music in the People’s Republic of China. Haihong emmigrated to New Zealand with her family in 2001, initially joining the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra as sub-principal first violin, and moving to the NZSO in 2002. With the Aroha String Quartet Haihong […]

Concert Talens Lyriques

Our Chief Executive Peter Walls is our guest blogger in this First Encounters series. Peter is known around the country for his expertise in early music. Naturally he is very excited about the upcoming tour with Les Talens Lyriques. Leading French harpsichordist Christophe Rousset founded Les Talens Lyriques more than twenty years ago. The ensemble are known for […]

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Chris Gendall studied composition at Victoria University of Wellington before completing a doctoral degree at Cornell University with Roberto Sierra and Steven Stucky. He has participated in a number of festivals and conferences including the Wellesley Composers’ Conference, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Britten-Pears Contemporary Composition programme. His works have received performances in Europe, […]

Helene Pohl

Helene Pohl has been first violinist of the New Zealand String Quartet since 1994. She is also an Artistic Director of the Adam Chamber Music Festival, held every two years in Nelson. In 2014 she was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for her outstanding services to music in New […]

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Stella Lu is a Wellington-based student, who has been doing volunteer work for us with all things Contest-related.  You may have spied her page turning for some of our Kaleidoscopes concerts, including the 2015 Chamber Music Contest. She has been volunteering in our National Office as part of her Duke of Edinburgh Award – she […]

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Our Chief Executive Peter Walls is very excited about the upcoming tour with jazz pianist/composer Uri Caine. Peter is our guest blogger in this First Encounters series. Peter is known around the country for his expertise in early music. As he recounts in this blog post, one particular review of jazz pianist Uri Caine reinventing Bach was a musical […]

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