Ensembles

Duo Col Legno

Cello and Marimba Duo

New Zealand

Duo was formed in 2014 to perform the NZ premiere of Peter Klatzow's "A Sense of place".
Both players are recognized and their individual strengths form together a dynamic, charismatic duo.
The matching warm sonorities of their instruments inspired both players to explore further repertoire.
2019 CMNZ Tour

New Commission work by Gareth Farr

TAHUNUI A RANGI

Schedule

4th May Planetarium

Programme

Tahunui a Rangi by Gareth Farr

Sence of Place by Peter Klatzow

Fratres by Arvo Pärt

Rose of Sharon by Andrew Beall

Tanzologia by Atanas Ourkouzounov

Andante Cantabile by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Three Japanese Songs arr. Yoshiko Tsuruta

Apres un Reve by Gabriel Fauré

Sound Samples
Player Biographies
Heleen du Plessis
Cello
South African cellist Heleen Du Plessis is the newly appointed Williams Evans Executant Lecturer in Cello at the University of Otago, New Zealand.Heleen appears internationally as a soloist – both in recitals and with orchestras, and is part of TriOtago (the newly formed Piano Trio with professor Terence Dennis, piano and Tessa Petersen, violin) and principal cellist of the Southern Sinfonia in Dunedin, NZ. Before being appointed at the University of Otago, she was a lecturer at the University of Pretoria for 15 years as well as a member of one of the most prominent South African chamber music groups – the Musaion Trio.South African cellist Heleen Du Plessis is the newly appointed Williams Evans Executant Lecturer in Cello at the University of Otago, New Zealand.Heleen appears internationally as a soloist – both in recitals and with orchestras, and is part of TriOtago (the newly formed Piano Trio with professor Terence Dennis, piano and Tessa Petersen, violin) and principal cellist of the Southern Sinfonia in Dunedin, NZ. Before being appointed at the University of Otago, she was a lecturer at the University of Pretoria for 15 years as well as a member of one of the most prominent South African chamber music groups – the Musaion Trio.
Heleen’s post graduate studies were completed at the Conservatory of Geneva in Switzerland with Daniel Grosgurin and the Peabody Institute of the John Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA, with Amit Peled. Other mentors include Janos Starker, Mtislav Rostropovich, Heidi Litchauer, Antonio Ménéses, Carter Brey, Richard Aaron and Burton Kaplan.
Highlights of recent appearances include the Brahms Double Concerto with Tessa Petersen (violin) and Simone Over (conductor), with the Southern Sinfonia Orchestra in NZ, the Schumann Cello Concerto with the Cape Philharmonic under Martin Pateleev, a double concerto for violin and cello by New Zealand composer Anthony Ritchie, with violinist Tessa Petersen and the Hawkes Bay Symphony Orchestra, a concert tour with the Musaion trio in South Africa, with Zanta Hofmeyr (violin) and Malcolm Nay (piano), recitals in the Marama Hall, Dunedin, the Arts Festival of Otago, trio concerts with the newly formed TriOtago. Other solo performances include concertos with the Prince William Symphony Orchestra and the Nova Manassas Symphony Orchestra in Virginia, USA.
The Otago Daily Times commented that “Du Plessis possesses a relaxed, unpretentious delivery with an engaging stage presence, compelling her audience to become immersed in her music-making, …the pathways of constant instrumental dialogue were concise and intuitive.”
Yoshiko Tsuruta
Marimba
Starting at the age of 9, Yoshiko Tsuruta learned Marimba privately in Japan. After relocating to New Zealand in 2004, she graduated from the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington in music performance in 2010, having studied under Bruce McKinnon, Laurence Reese, Bud Jones and Jeremy Fitzsimons. She moved to Austria in 2010 and has completed her Master’s Degree (1st Class) at the Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität in Linz. There she studied marimba with Bogdan Bacanu and percussion with Leonhard Schmidinger.
Yoshiko has won several prizes, including the 1st prizes in both the New Zealand School of Music Concerto Competition and the New Zealand National Concerto Competition, and the Brass/Percussion Prize in Gisborne Competition. She reached the semi-final of the International Marimba Competition in Salzburg in 2012. Most recently, she received the 2nd prize and all the extra prizes at the International Australian Marimba Competition in 2016.
As a soloist, Yoshiko has performed in several concertos on marimba with different orchestras, including Christchurch Symphony Orchestra(Christchurch), St Matthew’s Chamber orchestra (Auckland), NZSM Orchestra (Wellington) and Waikato University Orchestra (Hamilton).
She was the principal Percussion of the National Youth Orchestra in 2008 and is currently the principal timpanist of Opus Orchestra.
Since returning from Europe Yoshiko endeavours to promote classical percussion in New Zealand, especially the marimba. As one of the very few dedicated“marimbists” in the country, she gives solo performances as well as chamber music with various artists, such as ‘Rata Trio’ (Saxophone, Bass Clarinet and Marimba). In 2016, she formed a marimba/percussion duo with Jeremy Fitzsimons and toured NZ for Chamber Music New Zealand. Her repertoire includes her own arrangements, with which she explores the expressive possibilities of the marimba beyond the stereotype as a percussion instrument.
Yoshiko also teaches and gives master classes/workshops on different occasions, such as the National Brass Band Championships, where she was the jury for the percussion solo/ensemble section (2013).