Cellist plays at free concert
A free concert by the Auckland Youth Orchestra will feature one of New Zealand’s best young cellists.
Edward King began playing when he was 3, with a tiny violin-sized cello.
King went on to study music at the University of Waikato at age 16 and decided to become professional a year later.
The 23-year-old recently won a special prize at the International Penderecki Cello Competition in Krakow, Poland for his interpretation of Penderecki’s Divertimento, which was presented by the composer himself.
‘‘I felt very lucky to be on the podium alongside cellists of such a high calibre,’’ King says.
As well as being a solo performer, King was a part of the Leonari Trio when he was 20.
young musicians comprised King, Hilary Hayes on violin and Maria Mo on piano.
The New Zealand group toured the United Kingdom in 2012 for five weeks after winning the Pettman/Royal Overseas League International Scholarship.
King is studying in the soloist masters programme at the Universitat der Kunste in Berlin.
Much of his study fees have been covered by various scholarships.
King is back in New Zealand for a month during his summer holidays.
He is performing with various orchestras around the country and is doing cello and chamber music coaching at the University of Waikato.
See King perform in the free Auckland Youth Orchestra HeartStrings concert on August 10.
It will be held at the Auckland Town Hall at 2pm.
Cello master: Edward King will join the Auckland Youth Orchestra for a free concert at the Town Hall.