Pianist Rafaella Garlick-Grice is an Honours student at Waikato University where she is a Hillary Scholar and recipient of an Adastra Foundation scholarship for 2010. She is studying performance piano with Katherine Austin. In 2009 on completion of her undergraduate degree at the NZ School of Music in Wellington, Rafaella was awarded the Beckway Pianoforte Performance Award. During 2009 Rafaella also undertook three months of international travel as a member of 'Duo Giocoso', winners of the esteemed Pettman/Royal OverseasLeague Chamber Music Scholarship for 2008. The Duo's itinerary included three weeks at music summer schools in Lugano, Switzerland and Dartington, England.
While in the UK 'Duo Giocoso' gave performances at St James Piccadilly, the National Portrait Gallery, St Martin in-the-Fields and the Edinburgh Fringe Concert series. This year, Rafaella was invited to give a solo recital in the Lewis Eady Charitable Trust Emerging Artist Series'. She won the University of Waikato Concerto Competition and toured with the Opus Orchestra performing Saint-Saens Piano ConcertoNo.5 in Hamilton, Tauranga and Rotorua. She has recently been awarded a Wallace Corporation University of Waikato Blues Award, an Arts Waikato Scholarship and the Lili Kraus Piano Award for excellence in piano performance.
Adam Maha has recently completed a Bachelor of Music majoring in performance violin, and is currently studying for a Bachelor of Music with Honours majoring in chamber music as a violinist and violist with Dr Lara Hall. His String Quartet group last year was a finalist in the 2009 ‘Hillary Chamber Music Competition’ and he has been invited to play as a solo violinist with the Whitianga Choral Society under Dr. James Niblock in October 2010. He is also an active member of OPUS Chamber Orchestra and has been principal viola of Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra.
Adam is also a passionate composer and conductor. He wrote the incidental music for the play Fractur by David Foote which was performed in the 2010 Wellington Fringe Festival at Bats Theatre and has co-written two musicals with Mr Jeremy Mayall: a musicalisation of the e.e.cummings play Santa Clause and a musical called Life In The Key Of which was performed in the 2010 Hamilton Fringe Festival at the Meteor Theatre. He also regularly guest conducts the United Youth Orchestra, is the Assistant Conductor of the University of Waikato Chamber Orchestra and has been invited to be a Guest Conductor with the Whakatane Community Orchestra in 2011.
Sebastian Lowe is currently studying viola with Dr. Lara Hall at the University of Waikato (third year). His main interests are in chamber music and orchestral playing, as well as in the Baroque viola and Maori music. Sebastian has had ten years orchestral experience performing with numerous orchestras, including playing with Opus Chamber Orchestra since 2007 and with the National Youth Orchestra in 2009 and 2010. As well as domestically, he has also performed with orchestras in Germany, including the Jugendorchester Charlottenburg (2005), Akadmische Philharmonie and Die Deutsche Skandinavische Jugend Philharmonie in Berlin, 2008/09.
Seb’s other interests include anthropology and foreign languages, in which he completed a B.A. in 2009. Additionally, he was the recipient of a DAAD scholarship to study German and anthropology at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, in 2008/09. Future aspirations include undertaking more study overseas in the viola (Baroque viola), as well as aiming to complete a PhD in anthropology/ethnomusicology in the not too distant future. He would like to achieve a balance between his interests in chamber/ensemble music and academia, as well as having time to enjoy the other facets in life.
Santiago Canon Valencia
15 year-old Colombian cellist Santiago Canon-Valencia is already known around the world for his extraordinary virtuosic and musical cello-playing gifts. Making his debut as a concerto soloist playing Vivaldi with the Bogota Philharmonic at the age of 6 years old, Santi has performed with major orchestras many times since, including Haydn’s great D major Cello Concerto at the age of 9, Dvorak’s Cello Concerto age 12, making him probably the youngest cellist in the world to perform this huge and great work with orchestra, and Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto at age 14.
Santi was accepted to compete in the International Cello Competitions of Mexico (when he was just 11 years old). Adam International Cello Competition (NZ) (when he was 13 years old) and now the Beijing International Cello Competition which will take place in China in October this year, 2010. In all these competitions the upper age limit is 30 to 32 years old, so Santiago has been competing against cellists who have completed their full-time music studies and become professional cellists. Nevertheless, at age 11 he received one of the few prizes in the Mexico competition, and he went away with 2 of the 7 prizes in the Adam International Competition, at 13 years old.
Santi has been studying with James Tennant for 3 to 6 month periods over the last 3 years (travelling from Bogota, Colombia to do so), and in March of this year took his place (at age 14!) on the Bachelor of Music Degree course at the University of Waikato studying under James Tennant, in a special new ‘Soloist Stream’ designed to cater to very exceptional talent. Santi has played for a number of world-famous musicians including Yo-Yo Ma, Andras Dias, Pieter Wi spelwey, Aldo Parisot, Alban Gerhardt, Li Wei Qin, Franz Helmerson, and Wolfgang Schmidt.