Cellist plays at free con­cert

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By OLIVIA SHIVAS

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.

The

group

of

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.

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