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Kemp English

New Zealand

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James Tibbles

New Zealand

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Douglas Mews

New Zealand

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Michael Tsalka

Spain/China

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Paul Downie

New Zealand

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Australia

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Richard Mapp

New Zealand

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Dr Kemp English (Festival Artistic Director)

Kemp English is one of New Zealand’s leading concert performers and recording artists. He tours the world regularly as an organist, fortepianist and collaborative modern piano player. His discography of 23 critically acclaimed CDs on the Naxos, DECCA and Ode record lables includes the complete cycle of 50 solo keyboard sonatas by Leopold Koželuch.

James Tibbles

James is one of New Zealand’s leading players of historic keyboards (harpsichord, clavichord, fortepiano and organ), and a key figure in New Zealand’s Early Music scene. James has an active performing career, both in this country and overseas. James is Head of the Early Music Department in the School of Music, Artistic Director of Age of Discovery,  and a member of the baroque chamber ensemble Extempore.

James holds a B.Mus (Perf) and MMus in Organ and Harpsichord from the University of Auckland. Subsequent to studying in New Zealand he undertook postgraduate study at the Royal Conservatory, the Hague, as well as pursuing studies in historic organ and fortepiano.

Formerly Director of Music at Auckland's Holy Trinity Cathedral, he is now Organist & Director of Music at St Patrick's Cathedral, as well as Assistant Music Director of New Zealand Choir. James established the vocal ensemble Voices of Age of Discovery in 2011; the group is rapidly gaining a reputation for its outstanding performances of Renaissance polyphony.

James has an extensive discography, including recordings of English organ music on the 1779 Avery organ in Ponsonby, Auckland, Bach harpsichord works on the University of Auckland's Zell copy, North German Organ Music, on the Ahrend organ at Melbourne's Monash University, and the complete F. Couperin organ masses, on the 17th century organ at Rozay-en-Brie, France.

 

Douglas Mews

Douglas studied organ and harpsichord with the late Anthony Jennings at Auckland University (New Zealand) followed by harpsichord studies with Bob van Asperen at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague.

He is now a freelance musician, teaching at the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington and directing the music at St Teresa's Catholic Church.

Until the Wellington Town Hall was closed in 2013 because of earthquake risk, Douglas was Wellington City Organist.

In 2016 he toured NZ with Catherine Mackintosh (former co-leader of Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment) playing Mozart violin sonatas on period instruments, and in August 2016 he performed at the Bolzano Festival, Italy. In January 2018 he  appeared at the Organs of Ballarat Goldfields Festival. In June 2019 he performed music of Bach and Handel at the NCMA on their organ and harpsichord.

Michael Tsalka

Winner of multiple prizes and grants, acclaimed Dutch/Israeli early keyboard performer and pianist Dr. Michael Tsalkais a versatile musician, who performs solo and chamber music repertoire from the early Baroque era to our days. After studies in Israel, Germany and Italy, he graduated in 2008 from Temple University (U.S.A) with a D.M.A. in Piano Performance and an M.M. in Early Keyboard Performance and Chamber Music. Dr. Tsalka maintains a busy concert schedule, making presentations throughout Europe, the U.S.A., Canada, Asia, Russia, Australia, South Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. Recent performances include the Grosser Saal of the Mozarteum, the Grosser Saal of the Elbphilharmonie, the Metropolitan Museum of New York and the Forbidden City's Concert Hall in Beijing.       

Dr. Tsalka has recorded 24 CDs for labels such as NAXOS, Grand Piano, Paladino (Vienna), Brilliant Classics (Amsterdam), IMI (Tel-Aviv), Sheva Collection (London), Wirripang (Sydney), and Ljud & Bild (Stockholm).Recently, Naxos asked mandolin virtuoso Alon Sariel and Michael Tsalka to record all of Beethoven’s works for mandolin and fortepiano for their 2020 CD release with all of Beethoven’s works.

In 2013, his “Goldberg” Vatiations CD (PMR0032) was selected as CD of the year by MusicWeb International. Dr. Tsalka has been the artistic director of festivals in Mainland China, Sweden, Spain, and Finland. Since 2014, he is the artistic director of the Geelvinck International Fortepiano Festival (Netherlands). He is also Head of Piano and Early Keyboard Studies at the Vanke Meisha Arts Academy in Shenzhen, and a guest professor at the Celaya Conservatory in Guanajuato, Mexico, and at the Nelson Center for Musical Arts in New Zealand. www.michaeltsalka.com

To Be Confirmed

Watch this space as we announce an exciting addition to the teaching team.

Richard Mapp

Richard Mapp was born in Christchurch, and studied the piano there with Ernest Empson and with Maurice Till. After completing his Honours degree at the University of Otago, Richard spent four years as a post-graduate student of Gordon Green at the Royal Academy of Music, London. After the completion of his studies there, he also held a teaching fellowship for three years at the RAM.

Richard lived in London for thirteen years, and in Italy for three years, and during this time he performed widely throughout the UK as well as in Germany, Sweden, Finland, Canada, Italy and Malta. He recorded several programmes for BBC Radio Three, and gave concerts at the Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room and the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

In 1991 Richard returned to New Zealand, and was based in Northland where he helped to co-found the Bay of Islands Arts Festival, toured for Chamber Music NZ and performed concertos with the NZSO and other orchestras. In 2000 he was appointed Head of Piano at the Massey Conservatorium of Music in Wellington, and later joined the staff of Victoria University.

He has also taught piano at Canterbury and Waikato Universities.

Richard has recently moved to Nelson.

Paul Downie

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