End-of-year con­cert in so­ci­ety’s new home

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

It’s an end and a be­gin­ning for the South Waikato Mu­sic So­ci­ety on Fri­day when it presents its lat­est con­cert.

The last con­cert of the year will also be the first per­for­mance in the so­ci­ety’s new home, Pu­taruru Plaza.

The con­cert is en­ti­tled Two Cel­los and A Pi­ano and fea­tures San­ti­ago Canon Va­len­cia and Ed­ward King ac­com­pa­nied by Kather­ine Austin.

The two cel­lists are among the world’s most promis­ing. Cur­rently study­ing at Waikato Uni­ver­sity both have been in­vited among the top 40 in the world to com­pete at the Bei­jing In­ter­na­tional Cello Com­pe­ti­tion.

San­ti­ago be­gan play­ing orig­i­nally with the Bo­gota Phil­har­mo­nia at the age of 6 and is still only 15.

He has been trav­el­ling from Colom­bia to study with James Ten­nent of the New Zealand Cham­ber Soloists for three-to-six month pe­ri­ods over the last three years.

Ed­ward King has been a top cello stu­dent all the way through his stud­ies and this year won the NZ Na­tional Cello Con­certo Com­pe­ti­tion in March.

He has since been ful­fill­ing over­seas en­gage­ments as the cel­list with the Leonari Trio. He was prin­ci­pal cello with the New Zealand Youth Or­ches­tra for two years.

Photo: BARKER PHO­TOG­RA­PHY.

MU­SI­CAL COU­PLET: Cel­lists Ed­ward King (left) and San­ti­ago Canon-Va­len­cia are per­form­ing in Pu­taruru on Fri­day.

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