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Jonathan Tanner in Concert with Anna Maksymova

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After studies in Wellington and Switzerland, Nelson-born violinist, Jonathan Tanner, returns to perform at the Nelson Centre of Musical Arts joined by pianist Anna Maksymova.

The concert will be accessible to all with exciting and dynamic musicianship combined with light-hearted and informal commentary.


Programme Details:

Ysaye Sonata No. 4 for Solo Violin
Beethoven Sonata No. 7 for Violin and Piano
Franck Sonata for Violin and Piano

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Jonathan Tanner is a versatile violinist, violist and teacher based in Christchurch. He began violin lessons at the age of six in Motueka, moving to Christchurch ten years later where he attended Burnside High School (along with Anna Maksymova) and studied with Stephen Larsen. Becoming a professional musician was never the plan, but he enrolled at the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington with the intention of becoming a high school music teacher. Very quickly he discovered the possibilities of a performing career through playing professionally with Orchestra Wellington and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

He completed his Bachelor degree and Post-graduate Diploma in Wellington, during which time he was appointed as concertmaster of the National Youth Orchestra and accepted into the World Youth Orchestra in Italy. Chamber music involvement saw his string quartets perform concerts for Chamber Music New Zealand and the Adam International Chamber Music Festival.

In 2013, Jonathan moved to Switzerland to continue his studies. He received his Master degree from Bern University of the Arts in 2015, where he was awarded the top mark for his final recital.

Jonathan’s past teachers include Martin Prokopetz, Stephen Larsen, Helene Pohl, Vesa-Matti Leppänen and Monika Urbaniak. He has also participated in masterclasses with Yair Kless, Feng Ning, Benjamin Schmid and Shmuel Ashkenasi and has enjoyed extensive chamber music coaching with artists such as the Tokyo, Takács, Penderecki and New Zealand String Quartets.

Since returning to New Zealand, Jonathan has discovered a real love of teaching. He has also worked with many of the country’s professional orchestras and performs regularly with the Christchurch and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras. He plays a wide variety of musical styles including Classical, Irish and Bluegrass and enjoys improvisation. He also loves to play outside the classical genre and is equally comfortable in a rock or folk band.


Born into a musical household, pianist Anna Maksymova began her formal musical education at the age of six at the Donetsk Music School for gifted children in Ukraine. In New Zealand, she learned from Peter Nagy, Judith Clark and Dr Gao Ping. Anna has completed a Bachelor of Music with First-Class Honours with Professor Michael Endres at the University of Canterbury. She has recently come back from Germany, where she finished a Master of Music in Piano Performance at the Frankfurt Hochschule fur Musik, studying with renowned Russian pianist and teacher Lev Natochenny, himself a disciple of Lev Oborin. Further musical influences include masterclasses with Pascal Roge, Thomas Hecht, John Perry and Felix Gottlieb among others. Currently, Anna is living and working in Christchurch as a performing pianist and teacher. She has recently been involved in the Akaroa Summer School, the Dame Malvina Major Foundation and has performed as a soloist with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.

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14 July, 2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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