Pianist ANNA MAKSYMOVA is the winner of the Lewis Eady Charitable Trust Emerging Artist Series and a 3rd prize winner of Kerikeri International Piano Competition. She is a recipient of George Russell Music Scholarship, Ruby Hay Scholarship, Pettman Special Programme Scholarship, Leslie Atkinson Memorial Prize in Music and the Dame Malvina Major Scholarship. Since the completion of her Masters degree in Germany, where Anna studied with the renowned professor Lev Natochenny, Anna has returned to Christchurch to continue doing what she likes to do best of all – perform and teach. Since last year Anna has performed as a soloist with the CSO, and was involved in concerts at the Akaroa Summer School and Dame Malvina Major Foundation. She enjoys playing with other musicians and this year she has been collaborating with cellist Tomas Hurnik, clarinettist Mark Walton, soprano Anna Hoetjes and string trio Tres Cordes among others. Anna also enjoys teaching at her music studio at The Piano.
Tres Cordes string trio has been performing together since 2007, and are all members of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra; Cathy Irons (violin), Sharon Baylis (viola) and Tomas Hurnik (cello). The trio has a passion for chamber music which they have shared with audiences around New Zealand as well as broadcasting live on CTV in 2009. In 2013 they toured for Chamber Music NZ, and their playing was described as “high spirited” and “fun overflowing,” “with splendid co-ordination and attack.” by the Rotorua Daily Post. They were invited to the Nelson Composers Workshop in 2011, to perform and work alongside young NZ composers. The trio commissioned and premiered Anthony Ritchie's Easter Melancholy alongside artist Nathanael Provis' stunning large oil landscape paintings for a opening exhibition. Members of the group have performed as a string quartet in Tokyo at the NZ Embassy and their first CD “String Trio Sapphires” was broadcast on Plains FM in 2012 and Radio New Zealand Concert as the competition CD of the week in 2011. In 2015, they recorded the music for The Art of Recovery for the New Zealand International Film Festival and performed for the opening of the Chinese Spring Festival. Tres Cordes performed at the 2017 XXXIX Festival Internacional de Musica de Deia in Marjorca, Spain.
MARK MENZIES Described in the Los Angeles Times as an ‘extraordinary musician’ and a ‘riveting violinist’, Mark Menzies’ career as a viola and violin virtuoso, chamber musician and pianist, conductor and advocate of contemporary music, has seen performances in Europe, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and across the United States.
ASHLEIGH MOWBRAY - Oboe
Originally from Christchurch, in 2013 Ashleigh Mowbray graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Classical Performance from the New Zealand School of Music where she studied with Robert Orr. She spent the next two years studying at the University of Tasmania on a full Orchestral Scholarship. Here she completed a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours in Orchestral Performance, under the excellent tutelage of David Nuttall.
While in Australia Ashleigh enjoyed playing with the Hobart Chamber Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra as well as the TSO Baroque Ensemble. She has worked as both oboist and cor anglais with various orchestras around New Zealand including the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Dunedin Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Wellington. Ashleigh was a cor anglais soloist with the Wellington Chamber Orchestra and spent four years working as oboist and cor anglais for the Royal New Zealand Air Force Band.
In 2016 Ashleigh returned to Christchurch and after completing her Masters at the University of Canterbury was awarded the Associate Principal Oboe position with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.
Daniel has been playing the piano and organ since a young age, and has presented numerous solo recitals throughout New Zealand and Australia. In addition to his solo repertoire, Daniel enjoys playing harpsichord and organ continuo in performances throughout the country, including Handel’s “Acis and Galatea” (Hawke’s Bay 2017), and Handel’s “Messiah” with the Napier Civic Choir (Hawke’s bay 2017).
Daniel is Director of Music and Organist of Knox Church Christchurch, Director of the Knox Singers, Choir leader at St Marks Presbyterian Church Avonhead, Conductor of the Christchurch Youth Chamber Orchestra, and Musical Director of the Christchurch Liedertafel Male Voice Choir (Christchurch’s longest standing choral association)
TOMAS HURNIK has a rich musical career performing with Czech symphonies, recording for radio and television, winning various chamber music competitions and taking part in prestigious chamber groups such as Talich Chamber Orchestra. He has played with various period instrument groups such as Musica Florea, Capella Regia Prague and Solamente Naturali with which he performed and toured around Europe.
He is now the associate principal in Christchurch Symphony and continues to be passionate about period instrument playing and organizes and performs in concerts, workshops and master classes of Baroque music in New Zealand.
SZABOLCS ILLÉS studied at Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest. He studied baroque violin and early music presentation led by Dario Luisi and Susanne Scholz in Vienna and Graz. On courses he studied with famous baroque violinists as Enrico Gatti, Marinett Troost, Lucy van Dael or Simon Standage. At Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Leipzig studied with Susanne Scholz. In 2009 he gained the Master in Music degree at Royal Conservatory of Brussels in Sigiswald Kuijken’s class. He has been performing as a member of world-famous orchestra, the La Petite Bande. . Since 2008, he has been a concertmaster of the Hof-Musici orchestra which is primarily working on the reconstruction and presentation of baroque operas with authentic instruments, costumes and original settings. He gives concerts with his own ensemble the Accademia Capricciosa and other baroque ensembles (Dolce Risonanza, Cammermusik Potsdam, Concert Royal Köln) in Germany, Austria, Belgium the Czech Republic and other European countries.
JONATHAN TANNER is a versatile, enthusiastic violinist and violist who has recently returned from Master’s studies in Switzerland. He has played in most of New Zealand’s professional orchestras including the Christchurch and NZ Symphony Orchestras. Jonathan has extensive chamber music experience and can improvise and play a wide variety of musical styles including Classical, Irish, Bluegrass and Country. He is just as comfortable playing in an orchestra as a rock or folk band and can demonstrate anything from Mendelssohn to Michael Jackson!
Jonathan has also received recent training in orchestral conducting.
He has been the concertmaster of the National Youth Orchestra, Wellington Youth Orchestra and also at university and Burnside High School.
EDITA KEGLEROVÁ graduated at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague under Prof. G. Lukšaité Mrázkova. She studied with J. Ogg at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and then at the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 2007, she defended her doctoral thesis on Interpretation and Theory of Interpretation at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. She is a laureate of several international music competitions. As a soloist or member of chamber ensembles, she has performed in many important concert halls not only in Europe but also overseas (Japan, New Zealand, Africa, USA). She cooperates with many ensembles, including the Prague Baroque Ensemble, Hipocondria, and Barocco Sempre Giovanne.
She is teaching at Jan Neruda Music Grammar School in Prague. In 2011, she became a professor at the Prague Music Conservatory. She has repeatedly led master classes at the Summer School of Early Music in Prachatice.