Sunday, May 10, 2009

Congratulations Tecwyn

Tecwyn Evans.NZSO Media Release, 8 May 2009: NZSO Conductor appointed to prestigious European Orchestra and Opera House

The NZSO is proud to congratulate Auckland-born conductor Tecwyn Evans on his appointment as Erste Kapellmeister und stellvertretender Chefdirigent of the Graz Symphony Orchestra and Opera House in Austria.

Following his debut with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra earlier this year conducting concerts with acclaimed cellist Nicolas Alstaedt, Evans is the first New Zealander to have been appointed to such a prestigious position since John Matheson was appointed Erster Kapellmeister in Mannheim, Germany, in 1977.

Tecwyn Evans will begin his tenure in Graz in August 2009 and his first year will see him conduct productions of celebrated operas Die Meistersinger Madama Butterfly, Tosca and The Marriage of Figaro.

Speaking today NZSO Chief Executive Peter Walls said:

"This is an outstanding appointment for Tecwyn and a real coup for New Zealand to be producing stars of such exceptional quality. We were delighted to present Tecwyn to New Zealand audiences this year and we look forward to having him return to conduct the NZSO in 2010."

Born in 1971, Tecwyn Evans studied composition and conducting at the University of Otago, obtaining a 1st class Honours degree and a Masters degree with distinction. In 1997 he took up a Fulbright Scholarship to study conducting at the University of Kansas and was appointed Chorus Master for Glyndebourne Festival Opera in 1999 - a position he held for four years.

He has conducted some of the best orchestras in the world and has now established himself as one of the most successful New Zealand musicians of his generation.

The City of Dunedin Choir has a proud history of association with Tecwyn. His late mother, Elizabeth, had been a member of the soprano ranks of the Choir for many years and Tecwyn has conducted some of our recent performances with the Southern Sinfonia, namely:

February 2008 "Last Night of the Proms" concerts
"Gloria" by Poulenc, in May 2007 in Dunedin and Invercargill

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