Baroque Music Community and Educational Trust of New Zealand presents a new chamber music series with commentary by Peter Kearns showcasing Christchurch artists in different venues around Christchurch.
Back To Baroque
Music by Handel, Corelli, Telemann and other gems of Baroque music. Featuring two emerging artists; Rakuto Kurano and Daniel Cooper who will play alongside world renowned violinist and Head of Music Performance at UC, Mark Menzies (pictured) with Tomas Hurnik and Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick on cello.
Tickets also available at the door - cash only
Maximum 1 child can attend free with Adult or Senior attendee.
Violin I - Mark Menzies
Violin II - Rakuto Kurano
Cello - Tomas Hurnik
Harpsichord - Daniel Cooper
Guest Cello - Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick
Mark Menzies-Violin (pictured)
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.
Rakuto is a student at UC studying Composition and Violin Performance with Professor Mark Menzies, he also takes lessons with Christchurch Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Martin Riseley. Alongside performing, Rakuto has won awards for composition including winning the NZ Harp Duo composition competition two years in a row. Once Rakuto finishes his studies at UC, he wants to undertake post-graduate studies overseas. In the future Rakuto wants to be able to combine his passions for performance and composition in his future work and make a career as a performer-composer. Rakuto also has a special interest in Baroque music
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 has a rich musical career beginning in Europe where he played and recorded as a soloist with various orchestras and as a member of chamber groups for Czech radio and concerts both in Czech and abroad (Germany, Austria, Japan and France). He has performed with an array of period instrument groups such as Musica Florea, Capella Regia Prague and Solamente Naturali with which he toured around Europe. Since living in New Zealand, Tomas has been passionately bringing Baroque music in authentic interpretation concerts and workshops to South Island audiences.
Erika has performed throughout the US, Europe, Japan and New Zealand including Tanglewood, Aspen, Ravinia, and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festivals, and at the Kennedy Center. From 1992-98 she was principal cellist and soloist with the Santa Fe Pro Musica. She is also a founding member of the CalArts faculty ensemble Bach's Circle, with whom she has performed at the Oregon Bach Festival and Chamber Music Northwest. She was a featured performer at the Dartington Summer Music Festival, the Sospeso Chamber Series at Carnegie Hall, and with pianist Eric Huebner at the Ojai Festival. Erika is also active in the film industry, having recorded on over 900 motion pictures and television series over the past thirty-five years.
Next concerts in the series:
Back to Classic, 30th of September
Back to Romantic, 4th of November