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Sunday, September 3 • 20:00 - 22:00
Evening Concert: Viola Potpourri

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Potpourri Concert No 3

September 3 at 8pm
St Andrew’s on the Terrace, Wellington, NZ

Antonín Dvořák – String Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 97, B. 180
Martin Riseley - violin (NZ), Monique Lapin - violin (Australia-NZ), Roger Benedict - viola (Australia), Gillian Ansell - viola (NZ), Rolf Gjelsten - cello (NZ)

Boccherini - Fandango from String Quintet No 4 in D major
Deseret Quartet (USA)
Alex Woods, Monte Belknap, Claudine Bigelow, Michelle Kesler with Jane Curry - guitar (NZ)

Janacek - Violin Sonata for Viola (trans. Jacob Adams)
Jacob Adams - viola (USA), Gabriela Glapska - piano (Poland-NZ)

Antonín Dvořák – Piano Quartet
Te Koki Trio: Martin Riseley - violin (NZ), Inbal Megiddo - cello (Israel-NZ),Jian Liu - piano (China-NZ) with Claudine Bigelow - viola (USA)

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Jacob Adams

Assistant Professor of Viola, University of Alabama School of Music
Lauded for his “engaging” performances and “expressive and intense” playing (American Record Guide), Jacob Adams made his solo debut with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at age 17. Adams is Assistant Professor of Viola at the University of Alabama, and his album "Czech Portraits... Read More →
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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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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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Jane Curry

Senior Lecturer and Guitar coordinator, New Zealand School of Music
Born in the UK and now based in New Zealand, internationally award-winning classical guitarist Jane Curry is Senior Lecturer in Music at the New Zealand School of Music at Victoria University of Wellington. Jane balances a demanding schedule of solo and chamber music engagements with... 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 →
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Gabriela Glapska

Gabriela Glapska, pianoGabriela Glapska was born in Poland and began her piano studies at the age of seven. In 2006 she began her higher musical education under the tutelage of Professor Ewa Pobłocka in Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz where she graduated with the... 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 →

Inbal Megiddo

Cellist Inbal Megiddo has given many concerts in Europe, Asia and America. Among these are a recital in the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Carnegie Hall in New York, her Berlin debut with the Berlin Symphony with Maestro Lior Shambadal at the Philharmonie and a recital at the... Read More →
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Martin Riseley

Violin, Artistic Director
A native of New Zealand, Martin Riseley began violin studies at the age of six, and gave his first solo concert when he was ten. After several years of study with the English violinist Carl Pini, he entered the University of Canterbury School of Music as a pupil of Polish violinist... 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

Grant Baker

Viola 1, Mozart String Quintet in C major

Sunday September 3, 2017 20:00 - 22:00 NZST
St Andrew's on The Terrace 30 The Terrace