End-of-year concert in society’s new home
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.
MUSICAL COUPLET: Cellists Edward King (left) and Santiago Canon-Valencia are performing in Putaruru on Friday.