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artistry and achievement: maxima 2013 update

Marc Taddei: new website -

Conductor Marc TaddeiMarc gave his New York City Ballet debut in the Nutcracker last December, and heads back to the US for another debut (Springfield Symphony Orchestra) in May. Marc's own orchestra in Wellington has undergone a major rebranding (now Orchestra Wellington), and with responsibilities there and guest conducting in Nelson, Adelaide, Dunedin, Auckland and Hobart, Marc has little free time this year. But the indefatigable maestro has begun a blog and now introduces the new: Marc Taddei Website!

Xiao Ma: apo, hong kong debuts

Countertenor XIAO MaMaxima welcomes brilliant young counter tenor Xiao Ma to its roster. China's first counter tenor, Xiao Ma is suddenly in great demand. He gives his Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra debut on 8 March in Jack Body's fabulously conceived Songs and Dances of Desire: In Memoriam Carmen Rupe. At the end of the month he makes his Messiah debut with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Not to be missed!

Cyprien Katsaris: taiwan and china

Pianist Cyprien KatsarisCyprien takes time from his busy European and Japanese touring and recording schedules for a Taiwan debut in both Taipei and Taichung this May, and shortly afterwards will appear at the Shenzhen Piano Festival in China.

Rave reviews continue to recognize one of the world’s great pianists.

Andrew Mogrelia: MD, cinderella

Conductor Andrew MogreliaAndrew was named music director and principal conductor of the Queensland Ballet and took up his post 1 January. He'll conduct three seasons in Australia in addition to new and repeat engagements in other parts of the world. Last year he stepped in at the last moment for performances in Perth of the Australian Ballet with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. This year he returns to the Irish Radio National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin and to Paul Dean's tutti beijing in July.

Michael Endres: grieg and gershwin

Pianist Michael EndresMichael plays the Grieg Piano Concerto on 4 March with the Auckland Philharmonia and Eckehardt Stier to showcase the new acoustics of the revamped ASB Theatre at the Edge. He's also just announced his spectacular new recital programme for 2014, which follows the critically acclaimed release of his Gershwin album last year.


John Chen: rhapsody in blue

Pianist John Chen

John has made his home in Hamburg for the foreseeable future, and is making a name for himself in recital, as a chamber musician and with orchestra. He gave his Chinese debut last year in Shanghai during the first ever New Zealand Music Festival (concurrently supporting the debut of New Zealand quartet Geist at the same time). He performed under Muhai Tang with the Hamburger Symphoniker last year, and this year returns to New Zealand for recitals and to perform Rhapsody in Blue with the Auckland Philharmonia.

Pedro Carneiro: dudamel and LA phil

Percussionist Pedro Carneiro

Too long absent from our part of the world, Pedro's international career is still in high gear. He is music director of the Portuguese Chamber Orchestra in Lisbon, and in October this year he works with the world's number one music director, Gustavo Dudamel, at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, giving the world premiere (4 performances) of Peter Lieberson's Shing Kham.

Touring Projects

David Geringas and the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra

Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra

Tour of China in October / December 2013.




The Tallis Scholars

The Tallis Scholars

Plans are in preparation now for a countrywide tour of China in October 2014.





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Plans for a return to Australia in May 2013 are now underway.



Wu Xing (五行) Five Phases

China's and New Zealand's premiere chamber ensembles, the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra and the New Zealand String Quartet join forces for a festive presentation of New Zealand and Chinese composers works specially commissioned for the occasion. READ MORE




More tours on our special projects page.

Every good wish!

John Ballard

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