The thirty year old NZSQ was one of the ensembles that this Concert Series was founded to serve 23 years ago. We welcome them back as a cornerstone of our Series. Always energetic, insightful and colourful, their recordings feature in top ten charts and they are admired internationally.
Serenity Thurlow is principal viola in the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. She is an accomplished Chamber musician and soloist. Recently she performed Chris Cree-Brown’s Viola Concerto, and earlier the Schnittke Concerto Grosso with the CSO.
A teacher of violin and viola, she is a regular performer and tutor at the Pettman Akaroa Summer School & Festival. She studied at the University of Canterbury under the late Jan Tawroszewicz, then with Peter Langgartner and Thomas Riebl at the Salzburg Mozarteum, where Serenity was in demand as a chamber orchestral musician and played with The Salzburg Chamber Soloists, Camerata Salzburg, and Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss.
She plays a French viola by Honore Derazey Circa 1865 with bows by Gary Leahy, Ireland and Francois Malo, Canada.
The Christopher’s Classics programme, founded by Christopher Marshall, has become a mainstay of the Christchurch chamber music scene, showcasing some of New Zealand’s finest musicians. Following this concert, the 2018 series features pianist Richard Mapp (13 September), and NZ Barok with cellist James Bush (16 October).