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Auckland Ensemble - Piano Quartet


Sun 17 May 2015, 2:30pm

Where: Waikanae Memorial Hall, 7 Pehi Kupa St, Waikanae, Kapiti Coast

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Public: $33.00
  • WMS members: $23.00
  • Students under 25: $5.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Auckland Ensemble

Leo Phillips: violin
Serenity Thurlow: viola
Edith Salzmann: cello
Caroline Almonte: piano


Mozart: Piano Quartet No 1 in G minor, K478
Brahms: Piano Quartet No 3 in C minor, Opus 60
Schumann: Piano Quartet in E flat, Opus 47

The Auckland Ensemble is a newly formed group of musicians associated with the University of Auckland. Although it is a new ensemble, its members have played together in numerous combinations over many years, particularly at the annual Akaroa International Music Festival. Internationally renowned violinist Leo Phillips teams up with leading Auckland cellist Edith Salzmann, Australian pianist Caroline Almonte and New Zealand violist Serenity Thurlow for a concert of favourite piano quartets.

A dedicated chamber musician, Leo Phillips was a founder member of the Vellinger String Quartet, and leader from 1996 to 2000 of the internationally regarded Nash Ensemble of London, with whom he toured extensively and made critically acclaimed recordings and broadcasts. He has appeared as soloist with many orchestras including the London Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata and L’Orchestre de Chambre de Geneve, and as Leader or Concertmaster with many more orchestras. At present he is guest lecturer at the University of Auckland.

Edith Salzmann studied in Germany and the US. She has recorded extensively and maintains a busy performing schedule as a chamber musician, soloist and teacher both nationally and internationally. She is Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland and the Artistic Director of the Pettman National Junior Academy and the International Akaroa Festival.

Widely acknowledged as one of Australia’s foremost pianists, Melbourne-born Caroline Almonte has a reputation as a gifted, versatile and sensitive artist. She completed her post graduate studies at the Juilliard School in New York and since then has developed a wide-ranging career of solo and chamber music performances that has taken her across Australia and around the world.

Serenity Thurlow studied in New Zealand and then at the Mozarteum in Salzburg where she performed with orchestras such as the Salzburg Chamber Soloists and Camerata Salzburg. She returns regularly to Europe where she has performed with the Britten Pears Orchestra as part of the Aldeburgh Festival, and as Principal Viola of the Aldeburgh World Orchestra that performed in the UK, the Netherlands and Germany. Serenity teaches viola at the University of Canterbury Music School and in Auckland at the Pettman National Junior Academy and is also principal violist with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.

The concert, in the Waikanae Memorial Hall, starts at 2.30pm. Door sales will be available, or tickets can be bought from Waikanae New World, Moby Dickens Books in Paraparaumu Beach, or at Lush Design Gallery in Raumati. Enquiries are welcome on 04 905 6070 or visit our website.