In August 2016 Eden Arts proudly launched a new event - the Mt Eden Chamber Music Festival. This has become an annual event on the Mt Eden Village calendar and takes the form of three one-hour early evening/afternoon concerts in the heart of Mt Eden over the course of a weekend, featuring some of the best professional chamber musicians in the country.
The Chamber Music Festival is a welcome supplement to our musical matinees which have been an annual part of the Eden Arts programme for a long time with the aim of supporting young emerging musicians.
Our fourth festival took place in September 2019. Thank you to all who supported this boutique music event and we look forward to seeing you again next year!
Mozart Piano Quartet No.1 in G minor
Dvorak Piano Quartet No.2 in E flat major
Andrew Beer (violin), David Samuel (viola), James sang-oh Yoo (cello), Sarah Watkins (piano)
Schubert “Schwanengesang” D. 957 (settings of six Heine poems)
Brahms “Vier Ernste Gesänge”
Finzi “Let Us Garlands Bring”
Wade Kernot (bass), Rosemary Barnes (piano)
Ravel Sonata for Violin and Cello
Fauré Piano Quartet No.1 in C minor, Op.15
Simeon Broom (violin), Julia Joyce (viola), Andrew Joyce (cello), Rachel Church (piano)
Festival Artistic Director – Simeon Broom
SIMEON BROOM – violin/ artistic director
Simeon Broom grew up in Mt Eden and began the violin at the age of 4 years. He completed Performance Violin studies at Auckland University with Mary O’Brien, during which he won the inaugural University Concerto Competition. Simeon moved to Germany on a Scholarship and studied at the Hochschule für Musik, Düsseldorf. In 2004 he was finalist in the ‘Young Musicians’ Competition New Zealand’, and has performed as soloist with orchestras both in New Zealand and in Germany.
In 2008, Simeon completed his Masters at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with David Takeno and Jack Glickman. He was winner of the Sonata Competition (with Rachel Church) at the North London Music Festival. He has played in orchestras such as the Royal Opera House (Covent Garden), English National Opera, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic and the Sydney Symphony, before taking up his position in the NZSO.
Simeon is a passionate chamber musician and has toured for Chamber Music New Zealand. He was a core player in the inaugural Mt Eden Chamber Music Festival in 2016, performing in all three concerts in an intensive programme of German Romantic music as well as bringing his professional colleagues to the stage in a variety of musical ensembles, including the Aroha Quartet.
Simeon has been artistic director of this festival since its conception. Inspired by the high calibre European music festivals he experienced while living overseas, his long held dream of bringing a similar event to Mt Eden came to fruition in 2016. The restoration of the Mt Eden Village Centre Church meant that an ideal chamber concert venue was now available and this, coupled with the backing and event organisation provided by local arts trust Eden Arts, has led to a hugely successful annual festival which has already become a firm favourite on the local arts calendar.
ANDREW BEER - violin
Violinist Andrew Beer has been described as a “virtuoso soloist” by the San Francisco Classical Voice, as possessing a “glorious string tone” by Strad Magazine, and as a “musical gift” by the New York Times. He has performed extensively throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australasia, with performances broadcast on NHK Japan, Vietnamese television, CBC Radio-Canada, Minnesota Public Radio, Vermont Public Radio, WQXR New York, Radio NZ Concert FM and ABC Classic FM.
As soloist, he has performed with leading orchestras in Vancouver, Montreal, New York, Boston, Catania (Sicily), Auckland and Hamilton with conductors including Gil Rose, Joseph Silverstein, Victor Feldbrill, Tecwyn Evans, Giordano Bellincampi and Mikhail Tatarnikov. As a chamber musician, he has performed at the Banff, Orford, Domaine Forget, Tanglewood, Aspen, Music@Menlo, Prussia Cove and Akaroa festivals, and has appeared in concert with Grammy-winners Midori, Emerson and Parker String Quartets, and Tui-winners NZ Trio.
Contemporary music has played a large role in Andrew’s musical life, and he has worked closely with some of the leading composers of our time on their solo and chamber works, including Pierre Boulez, Mario Davidovsky, György Kurtág and Steve Reich. When he’s feeling particularly brave, Andrew dabbles in composing himself, as well as performing on the viola and piano.
Outside his busy performing schedule, Andrew teaches both privately and at the University of Auckland, and has been a guest teacher at Harvard and McGill Universities. He frequently serves as a judge for competitions and scholarship funds throughout New Zealand, including the prestigious Michael Hill International Violin Competition. Humanitarian and outreach concerts have also played an important role in his musical output, and through such endeavours he was awarded a U.S. Congressional Commendation in 2006.
Born in Vancouver in 1982, Andrew’s principal teachers were Lawrie Hill, Gwen Thompson, Gerald Stanick, Ani Kavafian and Donald Weilerstein. He holds a BA magna cum laude from Stony Brook University and an MM and GD from the New England Conservatory of Music. He served as a performing and teaching fellow at Carnegie Hall and the Juilliard School from 2007-2008, and from 2008-2013 held the position of assistant principal 2nd violin with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Andrew has proudly been concertmaster of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra since 2014, and has performed as guest concertmaster with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestras of Melbourne, Adelaide and Vancouver.
Andrew performs on a J.B. Vuillaume violin from 1845, and a J.J. Martin bow from 1880.
DAVID SAMUEL - viola
Violist David Samuel was born in Guelph, Canada and is the Associate Principal Viola of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. From 2013-2015 he was the violist of Ensemble MidtVest in Denmark, and was also the founding violist of the Afiara String Quartet, of which he was a member from 2006-2013. During his tenure with the quartet, they were awarded 2nd Prize at the Munich ARD Competition, 2nd Prize and the Székely Prize for the best performance of a Beethoven Quartet at the Banff International String Quartet Competition, the Young Canadian Musicians Award and were winners of the Concert Artists Guild competition. He has performed at Wigmore Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus, the Esterházy Palace, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, at the headquarters of both LinkedIn and Facebook, and on “The Late Show with David Letterman”.
A dedicated teacher, David has served on the faculties of the University of Stavanger, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Preparatory and Extension Division, and is currently teaching viola and chamber music at the University of Auckland. David received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, and Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School, as well as an Artist Certificate in Chamber Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His principal teachers include Michael Tree, KarenTuttle, Paul Hersh, and Henry Janzen.
JAMES SANG OH YOO – cello
James sang-oh Yoo is currently a cellist in the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and Auckland Piano Trio. He was born in South Korea and he lived and studied in Australia from a young age. His teachers in Australia were Thomas Tsai and Susan Blake. He continued his cello studies with Maria Kliegel in Germany at Cologne University of Music and Dance.
James has been awarded first prize in numerous competitions, including the Kuring-Gai Concerto Competition, Australian Performing Arts Challenge and Cologne University of Music and Dance Competition. James has performed regularly on Fine Music 102.5fm and Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio broadcast and also performed a number of major cello concertos with various orchestras and ensembles including SBS Television and Radio Youth orchestra, Kuring-Gai Philharmonie Orchestra, North Sydney Youth Symphony and Camerata Ensemble.
In 2013-2014, James was a fellow of Sydney Symphony Orchestra and before his return to Sydney from Germany, he was Principal Cello of Junge Philharmonie Köln(2010-2011) and Associate Principal Cello of Klassische Philharmonie Bonn (2011-2012). He started working as a full time cellist in Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in 2015.
Along with his career as a performer, he also has a great interest in music education. Before moving to Auckland, he taught many students from kindergarten to university level and he taught cello and chamber music at Conservatorium High School and St.Andrew's Cathedral School in Sydney. All of his students are taking ABRSM exams on a regular basis.
SARAH WATKINS – piano
Sarah’s lifelong love for accompanying and chamber music has led to an impressive career as a performer and recording artist. She is perhaps best known to New Zealand audiences as a founding member of NZTrio; after 16 years in that role, Sarah left the group in June 2018 to actively pursue other musical passions.
In addition to NZTrio, Sarah has been an official pianist for the Michael Hill International Violin Competition since its inception in 2001 and the Gisborne International Music Competition since 2008. She regularly appears as a freelance player in the APO, and has also performed as concerto soloist with the APO, ACO and St. Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra. In 2014 Sarah recorded Chris Watson's "sing songs self" for solo piano and orchestra with the NZSO, a composition which was awarded the prestigious 2015 SOUNZ Contemporary Award.
Her numerous CD recordings with NZTrio and other artists have been widely praised by audiences and critics alike; ‘Sway’ (NZTrio, 2017) and ‘Gung-ho’ (2009, with NZSO principal trombonist David Bremner) were both winners of the Vodafone NZ Music Award for best Classical album.
Sarah is a graduate of the University of Canterbury (NZ) and the Juilliard School (NY), where she earned both MM and DMA degrees in collaborative piano. She was recently appointed as an artist teacher and chamber music coach at the University of Auckland, and she enjoys a wide variety of collaborations with musicians all over New Zealand.
WADE KERNOT - bass
Wade Kernot was engaged in a full-time principal position at Theater St Gallen, Switzerland, from 2010-2015, where some of his roles included the Forester (The Cunning Little Vixen), Osmin (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Wotan (Siegfried), Commendatore (Don Giovanni), Méphistophélès (La Damnation de Faust).
In recent seasons Wade has performed Zuniga and Sarastro for NZ Opera; Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor), and Nourabad (The Pearl Fishers) for WAO; Fred in Brass Poppies, by Ross Harris, for FNZ, Stravinsky's Pulcinella for the Hessisches Staatstheater in Wiesbaden, the bass roles in the FNZ/Opera de Lyon season of a Kurt Weill double bill, and bass soloist in An Australian War Requiem by Christopher Bowen with the Sydney University Graduate Choir, and Nettuno (Return of Ulysses) for Pinchgut opera.
Wade was an Emerging and Young Artist at NZ Opera. He has won the New Zealand Aria, Napier Aria and was a runner-up in the Lexus Song Quest. He was also a finalist representing NZ in both the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and the Neue Stimmen, in Germany.
He studied at the Australian Opera Studio in Perth, the National Opera Studio in London, the Solti/Te Kanawa Accademia di Bel Canto and the Verbier Festival Opera Studio. He was a recipient of the Circle 100 and Patricia Pratt Scholarships. He was also supported by the Dame Malvina Major and Dame Kiri te Kanawa Foundations.
Wade has recently accepted a Lecturer position at the New Zealand School of Music, Wellington.
ROSEMARY BARNES – piano
Born in Lower Hutt and known nowadays more for her collaborative piano work, Rosemary received early acclaim as a soloist for her radio, television and concerto appearances. Awarded an Arts Council bursary, she studied in London with Franz Reizenstein (Royal Academy of Music), Lamar Crowson and David Wilde. Her interest in languages led to 27 years in London, working mainly with singers, at English National Opera (music staff 1980-88), at the Royal College of Music, and with Glyndebourne Touring Opera, BBCTV, Musica nel Chiostro in Italy and Opera Northern Ireland. She performed at the Wigmore Hall, South Bank, Usher Hall in Belfast and on BBC Radio 3. From 1993-99 Rosemary led the Postgraduate Opera Diploma at the University of Auckland. An official collaborative pianist at the Gisborne International Music Competition since 1994, her performances include concerts with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Sir Donald McIntyre, Lesley Garrett, Pene Pati, Amitai Pati, Emil Chudnovsky (violin) and Robert Aitken (flute) and three CDs for the Continuum label. In 2000, Rosemary was awarded an MNZM for services to music.
JULIA JOYCE – viola
Julia grew up in Auckland and completed a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours at Victoria University in 2004. She was Concertmaster of the National Youth Orchestra of New Zealand, before heading to London in 2005 for further study. Julia completed a Masters Degree in Violin/Viola Performance with Distinction at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama 2008. She was a finalist in the Guildhall Wigmore Hall recital competition, and performed for HM the Queen on two separate occasions during her time as a student in London. Julia and her husband Andrew formed the Puertas Quartet in 2009 and reached the semi-finals at the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition 2010.
In 2010 Julia was appointed to the Philharmonia Orchestra of London’s viola section, and also played with the Royal Philharmonic and London Philharmonic Orchestras. She toured France, Germany, Spain, Turkey, Japan and the Canary Islands with the Philharmonia before returning to New Zealand in 2011 to take up the position of Principal Viola with the NZSO. She plays a 1920’s Italian viola by Emilio Rossi.
ANDREW JOYCE – cello
Principal Cellist of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Joyce, was born in Norwich in England. Passionate about music from an early age, at 11 he went to London to pursue his musical studies at the Purcell School of Music with Amanda Truelove and Michal Kaznowski. He continued studies at the Royal College of Music with Alexander Boyarsky and the Musikhochschule Lübeck with Troels Svane, as a holder of the coveted DAAD Scholarship. He has performed in masterclasses with the late Bernard Greenhouse, Alexander Baillie, David Geringas, Alexander Rudin, Natalia Gutman, Karine Georgian, Leonid Gorokhov, the Takacs Quartet, the Kopelman Quartet. Violinist & Leader of the London Symphony Orchestra, Gordan Nikolic, also played a very important role in his artistic development and continues to be a source of inspiration.
Before joining the NZSO in September 2010, Andrew spent five years freelancing in London, during which time he performed all over the world with the London Symphony & London Philharmonic Orchestras. He also played as Guest Principal with Northern Sinfonia, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
A dedicated chamber musician, Andrew performed regularly with pianist Simon Watterton, most notably the complete Beethoven Cello Sonatas, the Bartholdy Trio and the Jigsaw Players and he continues to perform with the Puertas Quartet both in the UK and in New Zealand.
He plays an old English cello by Thomas Dodd, c.1800, kindly loaned to him by Old and New Strings Ltd.
RACHEL CHURCH – piano
Originally from Wellington, Rachel completed piano studies at the Universities of Auckland and Waikato with Bryan Sayer and Katherine Austin. She went on to Europe where she undertook further studies and performed widely before returning 10 years later. Rachel completed her Masters of Music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2008, studying with Caroline Palmer on the specialised Chamber Music Course. Prior to this, Rachel studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, with French pianist Professor Florence Millet and Romanian pianist Professor Ilana Schapira-Marienescu. In 2008 she was First Prize Winner in the Duo-Sonata Competition at the North London Music Festival with violinist Simeon Broom.
She is now based in Wellington where she performs and teaches. She is a Chamber Music Tutor for the New Zealand School of Music’s Young Musicians’ Programme and has toured for Chamber Music New Zealand.
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