2024 International Alfred Hill Festival
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(9am-3pm NZ Time + Repeat 12 hours later at 9pm-3am)
DONALD MAURICE, Emeritus Professor at Victoria University, Wellington, has performed internationally for five decades as a viola soloist, chamber musician, and conductor. Donald has been a major figure at 20 International Viola Congresses. His discography spans 20 CDs and two films and his live performance of Boris Pigovat’s “Holocaust Requiem” with Orchestra Wellington received critical acclaim here and in Europe and North America. With the Dominion Quartet he recorded on Naxos all 17 string quartets by Alfred Hill. In 2014 he was awarded MNZM for Services to Music.
SHERRY GRANT, a Taiwan-born New Zealand concert pianist, cellist and award-winning poet, is artistic director of the 2024 International Alfred Hill Festival. She is author of Bat Girl, Being Katherine and co-editor of Haiku Zoo Journal and Raining Rengay with her youngest daughter Zoe grant. Sherry is well published as a haiku, cherita and rengay poet. Through the Alfred Hill festival she wishes to not only celebrate Alfred Hill (father of classical music in both Australia and New Zealand) but also get the young musicians in NZ and Australia collaborating in concerts. This is the fifth multi-disciplinary festival Sherry has organised since 2019.
LUIS SAGLIE is an international composer with regular performances and projects in Europe, North America, South America, Asia and Oceania. Saglie is the recipient of international prizes and awards and acts as curator and adjudicator for international music festivals and competitions. He received formal studies as a composer, conductor and pianist at UCLA as well as Music and Arts University and Hochschule für Musik in Vienna. With over twelve years experience as a University Professor in different countries, Saglie has held positions as Head of Composition Department and Music Director/Conductor. Currently, he teaches at the University of Sydney in Australia.