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 third festival recently took place at the end of September 2018. Thank you to all who supported the event!
The 2018 festival programme followed the theme of "Contrasts".
Elgar Violin Sonata in E minor, Op.82
Debussy Sonata for Violin and Piano
Simeon Broom (violin), Rachel Church (piano)
Beethoven Piano Trio in G major, Op.1 No.2
Beethoven String Quartet in F minor, Op. 95 No. 11 "Serioso"
Auckland Piano Trio with Yuri Cho (violin) and David Samuel (viola)
Brahms Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op.114
Bartok "Contrasts", Sz.111
NZ Chamber Soloists - Peter Scholes (clarinet), James Tennant (cello),
Katherine Austin (piano) with Simeon Broom (violin)
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.
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.
XING WANG - piano
JAMES YOO - cello
JAMES JIN - violin
The Auckland Piano Trio was founded in 2015 by three eminent Auckland-based musicians – violinist James Jin, cellist James Yoo, and pianist Xing Wang. Both James Yoo and James Jin are permanent members of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. After the successful launch concert in the St. Heliers Church in 2015, the Auckland Piano Trio has been invited to perform all over the country. Highlights of their performances include the 2017 Chamber Music New Zealand Encompass Tour concert series in Gisborne, Wellington, Christchurch, and Gore; Chinese New Year concert series in the Sky City and Bruce Mason theatres; collaborations with members of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in the APO Up-Close concert series; and performances in Wellington with faculty members of the NZSM.
YURI CHO – violin
Edmonton born violinist, Yuri Cho, has had the privilege of performing on 4 continents as a chamber, orchestral and solo musician. Several notable performance venues include Wigmore Hall, Esterházy Palace, the Kennedy Center, and Carnegie Hall. Among others, Yuri has performed with Michael Tree, Marc Johnson, Joel Krosnick, Marc-André Hamelin, Anton Kuerti, and the Juilliard and Alexander String Quartets.
Although music was a major part of her childhood, Yuri envisioned a career in the field of science, and did not discover her dream of being a musician until the age of 16. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School, as well as an Artist Certificate in Chamber Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Her teachers include Dorothy DeLay, Naoko Tanaka, Masao Kawasaki, Ian Swensen, Tom Johnson and John Hong-Youl Kim.
In the world of chamber music, Yuri has won 2nd prize and the Székely prize for the best performance of Beethoven at the Banff International String Quartet Competition and 2nd prize at the Munich ARD String Quartet Competition as a founding member of the Afiara String Quartet. The quartet has also won Concert Artists Guild, was the first ensemble to win the Young Canadian Musicians Award and has recorded works by Mendelssohn, Schubert, Bartók and Beethoven for CD, LP and radio.
Yuri enjoys teaching and has served as faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory Preparatory and Extension Divisions, and as visiting faculty at the University of Alberta, Stanford University and the Glenn Gould School. She has also taught at Indiana University’s Summer String Academy, Southern Ontario Chamber Music Institute and has performed at Music Niagara, Ravinia Festival, The Banff Centre, Montreal Chamber Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Festival of the Sound and Ottawa Chamberfest.
From 2013-15, Yuri was based in Scandinavia, spending a season playing with Ensemble MidtVest in Denmark and a season playing with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra in Norway. She now lives in Auckland, New Zealand, where she plays with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, freelances and teaches. She enjoys a variety of non-musical activities that include, but are not limited to, eating, knitting, traveling and exploring the wide variety of New Zealand’s craft beer scene.
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 TENNANT - cello
KATHERINE AUSTIN – piano
The New Zealand Chamber Soloists was formed in 2006 by three of New Zealand’s leading solo and chamber musicians, pianist Katherine Austin, violinist Lara Hall, and cellist James Tennant. Currently in residence at the University of Waikato Conservatorium of Music, the NZCS has undertaken four national tours under the auspices of Chamber Music New Zealand, and a number of tours in Europe and the USA, as well as performing in China, Singapore, South America and Australia. In 2012 they gave the world premiere of two works written for them by John Psathas, Corybas and Aegean, in the Casa dei Mezzo summer music festival in Crete, as well as performing in Italy’s prominent Festival Pontino and at four concerts in Greece’s award-winning Festival of the Aegean. Further tours to U.K. and Europe in 2015 were received with invitations to return which they did in 2016, and an invitation to perform Beethoven’s Triple Concerto in Mexico resulted from this. They have given chamber music masterclasses at the Yong Siew Toh Academy of Music in Singapore, the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, the Australian National Academy of Music (Melbourne), the Yehudi Menuhin School (U.K.), Monash University (Melbourne) and the Vicenza Conservatory of Music (Italy). For 2018/19 they have been invited by BCM Director Julian Lloyd Weber to give concert and masterclasses at the Birmingham Conservatory of Music (UK).
Individually, the members of the group have performed concertos in over twelve countries and have had many works written for them by New Zealand’s leading composers. The group has released two CDs of New Zealand works, Ahi (2008), and Corybas (2014), and a CD of trios by Rachmaninoff, Babajanian and Shostakovich entitled Elegy (2010), which received international critical acclaim. Corybas features the complete piano chamber works of NZ-Greek composer John Psathas, including his Piano Quintet with Amalia Hall (violin) and Robert Ashworth (viola). In addition to their active performing and recording schedule, the group members are highly regarded as teachers at the University of Waikato Conservatorium of Music, where their students have repeatedly enjoyed success in national and international solo, concerto and chamber music competitions over recent years.
PETER SCHOLES – clarinet
In 2017 Peter received the KBB Music/CANZ Citation for Services to New Zealand Music.
Peter studied conducting with Juan Matteucci and has conducted all the professional New Zealand Orchestras as well as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, London Orion Orchestra and the Prague Symphony Orchestra. He was musical director of the Auckland Sinfonietta, a position he held from 1996-1999. He has been musical director of the Auckland Chamber Orchestra since its inception in 1999. He has conducted performances of Mozart’s Idomeneo, La Clemenza di Tito and Cosi fan Tutte, Gluck’s Orfeo et Euridice, Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins, La Voix Humaine by Poulenc, Lucia di Lammermoor and also silent cinema including Chaplin’s City Lights and Erich von Stroheim’s The Wedding March. He was conductor for the two Split Enz/ NZSO initiative ‘ENZSO’ recordings and subsequent tours. He has conducted education concerts and outdoor operatic spectaculars. He conducted the soundtrack to Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures.
His specialist instrument is the clarinet which he studied with George Hopkins, Alan Hacker and Thea King and with Ken Wilson at the University of Auckland. His interpretations received international acclaim when he was prize winner in the 1987 International Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition held in Rotterdam. He was principal clarinet with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and has been guest artist with the New Zealand String Quartet and is often heard in recital on Radio New Zealand Concert.
He has appeared as soloist with orchestras including the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. As a composer he has had works commissioned by the NZSO, STROMA, the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Saint Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra, CadeNZa, Chamber Music New Zealand, the Auckland Wind Quintet, Patrick Power, Gareth Farr, Amanda Hollins and Richard Mapp and for Radio New Zealand drama productions. His composition Islands II represented New Zealand in the 1993 UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers.
Peter Scholes was composer for the NZ feature films Desperate Remedies by Peter Wells and Stuart Main and the short film Hinekaro goes on a Picnic and Blows Up Another Obelisk based on the story by Keri Hulme. Other film score composition includes The Tattooist, Memory and Desire by Niki Caro, Fifty Ways of Saying Fabulous, Life’s a Riot and the short film Roof Rattlers. Peter was musical director, arranger and orchestrator for the Tiramarama Concert held as part of the 2011 Matariki Festival, and also for the Six60 2012 anniversary concert.
His latest crossover project was with the Orion Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios in London for a Decca release of Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here.
As a teacher he has lectured in clarinet, conducting, chamber music and electronic music at Auckland and Waikato Universities.
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