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.

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