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Baroque Music Community and Educational Trust of New Zealand invites you to come and enjoy a beautiful concert featuring Beethoven's String Quintet in C major op.29 and other gems from Classical era.
Tres Cordes String Ensemble with guest violin - Amandine Guerin and guest viola – Rakuto Kurano.
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.
Rakuto Kurano is a versatile violinist, violist, pianist, composer, and conductor. He is a violinist in the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and makes regular appearances on violin, viola, & piano as a chamber/orchestral musician and soloist.
Professional experience in a wide field of music ranging from Baroque to contemporary. Experiences include touring the South Island performing on Baroque viola with international artists Szabolcs Illés and Edita Keglerová, performing in 8 cities as part of a quintet. As a contemporary music artist, he has been invited to the CANZ (Composers Association New Zealand) Nelson workshop as a violinist/violist in both 2019 and 2020 to perform new works written by living New Zealand composers. As of 2020, he has performed works by more than 30 New Zealand composers.
As a recording artist, he released two singles: Fantail in Tokyo & Violin Sonata No.1 and an album: Five Bagatelles, in 2020. He also has experience playing in recordings for other artists – including UK singers Aled Jones and Russell Watson.
In 2021, he was commissioned by the Baroque Music Community and Educational Trust of New Zealand to compose a 15 minute Concerto Grosso for the 2021 Baroque summer workshop and tour. The work was the final piece in the programme on the tour, and was met with a standing ovation. It was deemed a “splendid work” by Peter Mechen for Middle-C, in review of its Wellington performance.
Amandine Guerin is a graduate of the Conservatoire National de Région of Montpellier, France. As well as her study and teaching activities, she was concertmaster of the Ensemble Instrumental Contrepoint.
From 1998 Amandine lived in Tokyo, Japan where she taught violin and coached young chamber groups at the International Music School Solfran. She was also a freelance player in various orchestras and ensembles.
Moving to Dunedin, New Zealand in 2004, she played first violin and was acting concertmaster in the Southern Sinfonia.
Since 2009 Amandine has played first violin with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. She is also a founding member of the chamber ensemble Les Bons Vivants, which in 2017 completed an extensive tour of the country for Chamber Music NZ.