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Saturday, September 2 • 20:00 - 22:00
Evening Concert: Viola Potpourri

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Viola Potpourri Concert No 1

September 2 at 8pm

St Andrew’s on the Terrace, Wellington, NZ

Max Bruch – Eight Pieces for viola, saxophone and piano
Nancy Buck – viola (USA), Christopher Creviston – saxophone (USA),
Hannah Creviston – piano (USA)

William Bolcom – "Fairytales" The Amazon Trio (NZ)
Peter Barber – viola, Robert Ibell – cello, Vicki Jones – double bass

Mozart – Quintet in G minor K.516
New Zealand String Quartet

Helene Pohl, Monique Lapins, Gillian Ansell, Rolf Gjelsten with Roger Benedict (Australia)

Joaquin Turina – Scène Andalouse for viola, piano & string quartet
Anna Serova – viola (Russia-Italy), Jian Liu – piano (China-NZ) with the Deseret String Quartet (USA)
: Alex Woods, Monte Belknap, Claudine Bigelow, Michelle Kesler

Mendelssohn – Octet
New Zealand String Quartet (NZ) and Deseret String Quartet (USA)


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Gillian Ansell

Viola, Victoria University of Wellington
Gillian Ansell, born in Auckland, made her concerto debut as a violinist with the Auckland Philharmonia at the age of 16. At 19, an Associated Board Scholarship took her to the Royal College of Music in London for 3 years to study violin, viola and piano. She then won a German Academic... Read More →
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Peter Barber

Assistant Sub-Principal Viola, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Peter has been a violist in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra since 1979. He learnt from Zillah Castle, before becoming a member of the NZSO Schola Musica, studying with NZSO Principal Viola Emeritus, Vyvyan Yendoll. He is also a graduate of the Cologne Music Academy, where he studied... Read More →
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Monte Belknap

Associate Professor of Violin, Brigham Young University
During his fifteen years teaching at BYU Belknap’s students have won competitions across the US and seven have performed in Weill Recital Hall in NYC in the last four years. In 2010 he was awarded the “Studio Teacher of the Year” by the Utah State Chapter of the American String... Read More →
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Roger Benedict

Senior Lecturer and Principal Viola, Sydney Conservatorium for Music and Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Roger Benedict’s career encompasses work as a conductor, soloist, orchestral player, chamber musician and teacher. He is principal viola of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the orchestra’s Fellowship Program, and a senior lecturer at the Sydney Conservatorium. Prior... Read More →
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Claudine Bigelow

Head of Viola Studies and Chamber Music Coordinator, Brigham Young University School of Music
Dr. Claudine Bigelow is Professor of Viola at the Brigham Young University School of Music.  Recital appearances have taken her around the United States, Europe and New Zealand.  Claudine has played with the viola sections of the National and Utah Symphonies, the Smithsonian... Read More →
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Nancy Buck

Associate Professor of Viola, Arizona State University School of Music
Violist Nancy Buck is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and the Cleveland Institute of Music, from which she earned undergraduate and graduate degrees, respectively. Currently, she is on the faculty at Arizona State University, where she teaches applied viola and coordinates... Read More →
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Christopher Creviston

Assistant Professor of Saxophone, Arizona State University
Hailed as "one of the world's top saxophone artists" (Audiophile Audition) with "the personality and fingers of a first rate soloist" (American Record Guide), "subtle, perceptive phrasing, and flawless control of vibrato" (Fanfare Magazine), Yamaha Artist CHRISTOPHER CREVISTON has... Read More →
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Hannah Creviston

Assistant Professor of Practice (Piano Pedagogy), Arizona State University
Described as “impressive and expressive” (Fanfare Magazine) and “superb...[with] great dexterity, rhythm, and touch” (American Record Guide), Hannah Creviston is Clinical Assistant Professor of Piano Pedagogy, Director of the Music Prep Program and Coordinator of Class... Read More →
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Rolf Gjelsten

Cello and Associate Professor, New Zealand String Quartet and New Zealand School of Music
Rolf Gjelsten began cello studies in his native city Victoria, Canada, with James Hunter and Janos Starker at the age of 15. At 22 he became the youngest member of the Berlin Symphony Orchestra. Rolf returned to North America to study with Zara Nelsova which led to further study with... Read More →

Robert Ibell

Cello, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Robert was born in Dannevirke and brought up mostly in Palmerston North. At age 10 he wanted to play the clarinet but somehow ended up with the cello. While qualifying as a primary school teacher in Palmerston North he had cello lessons from Judy Hyatt in Wellington. After a very... Read More →

Vicki Jones

Vicki Jones was born in Christchurch, NZ, May 27, 1953. She joined the bass section of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in 1979 and took study leave overseas during 1980s for further study in New York with David Walter, and in Cologne with Wolfgang Guettler (of contemporary ensemble... Read More →
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Michelle Kesler

Assistant Professor of Cello, Brigham Young University
Dr. Michelle Kesler is Assistant Professor of Cello at Brigham Young University. She performs with the Beethoven Festival in Park City, and has worked with quartets such as the Orion, St. Lawrence, Takacs, and Brentano String Quartets. Michelle is passionate about new music and... Read More →
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Monique Lapins

Second Violin and Lecturer, New Zealand String Quartet and New Zealand School of Music
Monique Lapins began her violin studies at the age of 6 with the Suzuki method and continued her studies at the Australian National Academy of Music under William Hennessy, and at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music under Professor Qian Zhou.   As a chamber musician, she has... Read More →
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Jian Liu

Pianist and Programme Leader, Classical Performance, and Senior Lecturer, Te Koki Trio and New Zealand School of Music
Jian Liu has been gaining a reputation as a well sought-after solo pianist, chamber musician, and educator across the globe. His artistry has been taking him to some of the most prestigious concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall in New York, Rose Hall of Lincoln Centre... Read More →
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Helene Pohl

First Violin, New Zealand String Quartet
Born in Ithaca, New York to German parents, Helene Pohl spent her childhood on both sides of the Atlantic. At 17 she began tertiary study at the Musikhochschule Cologne. She continued her studies with members of the Cleveland Quartet at the Eastman School of Music and at Indiana University... Read More →
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Anna Serova

Professor of Viola and Chamber Music, Biella “L.Perosi” International Academy
Anna Serova is a unique figure on the international scene, both as soloist and chamber musician. She has had several compositions dedicated to her in recent years by some of the most important contemporary composers. In fact, by writing for her they have created a new genre in composition... Read More →

Alexander Woods

Assistant Professor of Violin, Brigham Young University
Alexander Woods is Associate Professor of Violin at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah where he also directs the BYU Baroque Ensemble, a period chamber orchestra performing on original instruments made by the Violin Making School of America. Praised for his “Great flair…elegant... Read More →

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Hannah Neman

Stage Manager, 44th IVC
Hailing from St. Petersburg, Florida, Hannah Neman is a classically-trained timpani and percussion performer, music educator, and performance scholar. In 2016, Miss Neman completed a Master of Music in Percussion Performance at the Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music (NZSM) a... Read More →

Congress Interns
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Natania Hoffman

Cello, Ensemble della Piatellina
Cellist Natania Hoffman has toured Europe, the USA, China, and India as a chamber musician with a variety of ensembles. Highlights of the past season include performing in in the “Flagey” festival in Belgium and in the National Center for Performing arts in Mumbai, alongside artists... Read More →
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Caroline Norman

University of Auckland

Saturday September 2, 2017 20:00 - 22:00 NZST
St Andrew's on The Terrace 30 The Terrace