In tune for a good cause

Central Leader - - NEWS - By CATHER­INE HEALY

A group of young peo­ple who share in­ter­ests in mu­sic and medicine are putting on a con­cert to fundraise for can­cer re­search.

Petr Tomek, Lisa Chung and Shyam Sankaran have been play­ing to­gether as Trio Po­hadka for a cou­ple of years.

Mr Tomek is from the Czech Repub­lic and is com­plet­ing his doc­toral can­cer re­search in New Zealand.

Mr Sankaran is a ju­nior doc­tor at Auck­land Hos­pi­tal who wants to spe­cialise in ra­di­ol­ogy.

Miss Chung is a cel­list com­plet­ing her doc­toral stud­ies in mu­sic per­for­mance who works part-time for the APO’s ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme.

‘‘I re­ally like play­ing with th­ese guys. They’re re­ally pas­sion­ate about mu­sic. It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing. I would say they’re even more pas­sion­ate about it than pro­fes­sional mu­si­cians,’’ she says.

Mr Tomek played pi­ano as a child but de­spite his ob­vi­ous tal­ent for it, was dis­cour­aged from pur­su­ing it as a ca­reer. Hav­ing a sci­en­tific ca­reer has turned out to be a good thing, he says.

‘‘I’m happy now. I wouldn’t say mu­sic is sec­ondary. I am pas­sion­ate about both and I’m try­ing to bal­ance ev­ery­thing equally.’’

As Trio Po­hadka & Friends, the group will rope in three more med­i­cal stu­dents for a spe­cial per­for­mance on July 20. They will per­form in var­i­ous com­bi­na­tions, as trios and as a quin­tet, at Auck- land Gram­mar School’s Cen­ten­nial Theatre on Moun­tain Rd.

Pro­fes­sor Bruce Bag­u­ley, the co-di­rec­tor of the Auck­land Can­cer So­ci­ety’s Re­search Cen­tre, makes a guest ap­pear­ance play­ing the cello.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

We three: Shyam Sankaram, Petr Tomek and Lisa Chung per­form to­gether as Trio Po­hadka.

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