What are you currently doing?
I’m living and studying in Manhattan, New York. I just had my Masters graduation recital at the Manhattan School of Music where I presented pieces from different parts of the world I call home, this included New Zealand composer Helen Fisher’s “Te Tangi a Te Matui”. Currently, I am in preparation for the Fischoff Chamber Music competition which will take place in May. I am very excited to have been invited as a featured soloist in Brooklyn Metro Chamber Orchestra’s May concert specifically celebrating women composers.
What does a regular day look like for you?
I attend various classes and coaching; practice my repertoire, scales, and etudes; and I participate in orchestra or chamber rehearsals. Every week, I take the subway down to Lincoln Centre to watch the New York Philharmonic’s open rehearsals or concerts, which my teacher plays in!
What’s your most favourite memory of your time as an EGGS student?
My fondest memory would be when we started a flute quartet – Concordia – comprising all EGGS musicians, and we competed in the Chamber Music New Zealand. We were thrilled to make it all the way to the national finals that year and for the following 3 years in a row. I even had the chance to go back after I graduated from EGGS to coach another iteration of Concordia! I really think my passion for chamber music was sparked by this experience.
What advice do you have for current students?
In pursuing your own passions don’t be afraid to divert from the crowd. Be unique, be creative, be bold and ambitious.
Describe EGGS in 5 words.
The best and the brightest.