Guest Conductors & Visiting Artists

From time to time, NSO is lucky enough to have guest conductors and visiting artists.

Guest Conductors

A guest conductor

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Visiting Artists

Jane Curry

Jane Curry completed a Doctorate in Musical Arts (University of Arizona) and spent seven years studying and performing in the US before returning to New Zealand. During her time overseas she was prize winner in a number of international competitions in North America and received awards including the Creative New Zealand Jack McGill Music Scholarship and the International Arts Foundation Scholarship. She has performed in England, Scotland, Spain, Mexico, Tahiti, Canada, and throughout the United States.

Her travels have nurtured an interest in cultural and musical hybridism in classical repertoire. Her additional degree in theatre studies and time spent in both the United Kingdom and the United States has fostered a keen interest in the potential for collaborative and cross-disciplinary work in musicology, ethnomusicology and performance. She is head of the guitar programme at the New Zealand School of Music, Wellington.

Donald Maurice

Donald Maurice is Professor at the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington. He has performed for over four decades as viola soloist, chamber musician and conductor, has given world premieres of many solo and chamber music compositions and has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Silver Alto Clef of the International Viola Society in 2001 (only one awarded each year). He was made an honorary life member of the American Viola Society in 2007, and in the 2014 Queen's Birthday Honours became a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

His Atoll recording as viola soloist with the Vector Wellington Orchestra of “Requiem - The Holocaust” by Israeli composer, Boris Pigovat, has earned high praise from Fanfare Magazine (USA) and a Supersonic award from Pizzicato Magazine (Luxembourg). In 2011 he gave its German premiere in Wuerzburg, to critical acclaim. His recordings for Naxos of Alfred Hill’s complete string quartets with the Dominion Quartet are broadcast regularly around the world. They have received many favorable reviews from Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia. The final three quartets Nos 15-17 (Volume 6) are due for release in late 2015.

Donald has performed as either soloist or conductor in Australia, Britain, Canada, Fiji, Germany, Iceland, Malaysia, New Zealand, Poland and the USA, and has given recitals for NZ Embassies and High Commissions in Washington, New York, Ottawa, Berlin and Warsaw. He has recorded twelve CDs for Atoll, Kiwi Pacific, Naxos and Tantara Records and in 2007 he was invited to give the annual William Primrose Memorial Concert at Brigham Young University. His book on Béla Bartók, published in 2004 by Oxford University Press, is recognised internationally as an authoritative text and his publication of the Leipzig Diaries of Alfred Hill 1887-1891, along with his Naxos recordings of the quartets and conducting of several of his orchestral works, has made a major contribution to redefining the history of colonial New Zealand music.