The New Zealand Guitar Quartet (2012)

• Sunday 27th May 2012, 7.00pm Past
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Jane Curry, Christopher Hill, Owen Moriarty, Tim Watanabe
The New Zealand Guitar Quartet has come into being with the combined forces of four of NZ's finest guitarists. All members have gained acclaim as soloists on concert stages around the world and in a multitude of international guitar competitions. Now all in residence in Wellington, they are each contributing their individual strengths towards an exciting, dynamic and engaging repertoire with the quartet.

Jane Curry

In 2010 Jane completed a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Arizona and is head of the classical guitar department at the New Zealand School of Music, Wellington. During her time in the US she studied with Scott Tennant, Bill Kanengiser, Prof. Tom Patterson, David Russell, and Sergio and Odair Assad. She has placed in several international guitar competitions including 2nd Prize, Portland International Guitar Competition (OR), 2nd Prize, California Guitar Panorama International Competition (CA), 3rd Prize, Rantucci International Guitar Competition (NY), and has received the Creative NZ Jack McGill Music Scholarship (NZ), the International Arts Foundation Scholarship (NZ), Medici Scholar Award (University of Arizona), and a Creative NZ Grant to commission composer John Psathas. She has performed in New Zealand, England, Scotland, Spain, Mexico, Tahiti, Canada, Malaysia, and throughout the United States.

Christopher Hill

After growing up in Hawkes Bay, Christopher Hill came to Wellington and completed an Honors Degree in classical guitar in 2001 at Victoria University studying under Bill Bower. In 2004 he travelled to Spain to study flamenco guitar and while he was there he also gave performances in Italy and Portugal. In June 2010, Christopher toured on behalf of Chamber Music NZ with the Wellington Guitar Duo. A member of numerous groups/ensembles, Christopher is a creative composer with a keen interest in new music and (more recently) guitar building. He currently plays as a classical/flamenco guitarist and all-round versatile studio musician.

Owen Moriarty

Born and raised in Wellington, Owen began his formal guitar studies in 1997 at Massey University, graduating in 2003 with a Masters degree in performance music. In August 2003, Owen headed to the US where he studied towards a Graduate Certificate at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles). While there, he studied under James Smith, and with LA guitar Quartet members Scott Tennant and Bill Kanengiser, with subsequent / additional tutelage from Brian Head, Martha Masters, and Pepe Romero.
Owen has also participated in masterclasses with the likes of: the Assad Duo, Jason Vieaux, and most recently with Grammy award winning guitarist David Russell.
Apart from his general public performances, Owen's self-titled debut (double) CD was released in 2003 and in 2012 he released his second CD (Da Chara - violin/guitar) through ODE Records. In 2010 Owen completed his fifth tour on behalf of Chamber Music NZ, two tours as a soloist, two as a member of 'Tango Virtuosi', and lastly with the 'Wellington Guitar Duo'. Having performed all around New Zealand, in recent years Owen has also given performances in Australia, USA, Portugal, Mexico, Thailand, Spain and the United Kingdom.

Tim Watanabe

Tim graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree from the Massey University Conservatorium of Music in Wellington, New Zealand, studying under Matthew Marshal and Gunter Herbig. He has been an active member of the Conservatorium Guitar Orchestra, and has played as a soloist in the Guitar Orchestra tours around New Zealand. Since then he has completed a teaching diploma and a BTh in theology and philosophy, to complement his interest in the classical liberal arts. Tim has also taken part in masterclasses by Jason Vieux, David Leisner, John Couch, Anthony Field, and other international guitarists.

The programme consists of works by Boccherini, Bach, Utting, de Falla, Assad, Krouse and Rimsky Korsakov.

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