Guitar and cello concert
One of the country’s finest classical guitar players stars in the next Globe Sunday Matinee Concert.
Educated in Palmerston North, Fuminori Watanabe went on to study guitar at the Wellington Conservatorium of Music where he gained a Bachelor of Music with Honours.
A member of the New Zealand Guitar Quartet from 2011 to 2015, Watanabe teaches guitar and music theory at the Raroa Music Centre in Johnsonville and is also a web developer, founding The Popularizer. An advocate of computer and internet technologies, his interests combine teaching, music, logic, philosophy and theology.
Watanabe is joined on Sunday afternoon by well-known cellist Sasha Routh.
Routh moved from Durham, England in 2002 to become Itinerant Teacher of Strings at secondary schools in Palmerston North and Feilding.
Now living in Otaki, she continues teaching in Palmerston North and at the Kapiti Music Centre in Paraparaumu, and plays regularly as a cello soloist and chamber music player, including appearances with the Manawatu Sinfonia, Schola Sacra and the Renaissance Singers.
Sunday’s programme includes solo and duo works by Mendelssohn, JS Bach, Arvo Part, Ravel, and Granados among others. Admission to the 2.30pm concert is by donation.
Classical guitarist Fuminori Watanabe is joined in concert by cellist Sasha Routh for the Globe Sunday Matinee concert series.