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Sherry & Viola


Ever since the end of 2018, Sherry fell in love with the viola and it remains her favourite orchestral instrument, despite the fact she is a pianist and cellist.

In 2019, Sherry organised 14 concerts, performed in 12 and 10 of which were with principal violists (Milan Milisavljević, Principal Viola from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra  (USA) and Robert Ashworth, Principal Viola from Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (NZ), performing 4 different viola recital programmes that covered the three renowned 1919 viola sonatas by Hindemith, Rebecca Clarke and Bloch, Brahms sonatas and trio, Shostakovich viola sonata, 5 new viola commissions by 4 NZ composers Chris Artley / David Hamilton / Ben Fernandez / Carvin Knowles & a German composer Matthias Hutter, and many more.

In 2021 during Auckland Covid lockdown, Sherry organised her first online music festival for Hindemith & Copland, to celebrate these two composers' 125th and 120th birth year in 2020 (one year late due to Covid), through introducing H&C's pupils' music compositions over 3 days. This decision to celebrate Hindemith was also mainly because he was a violist. American composer Samuel Adler (pupil of both H & C) was invited to be the festival patron. 

Since 2022, Sherry has continued her journey in exploring the viola repertoire, performing concerts as pianist of 'Taioro' regularly with Wellington violist Donald Maurice and Māori poet Sharn Maree both in NZ and overseas at International Viola Congresses (so far 2022 in USA and 2023 in Thailand). In Feb 2022 Taioro gave the world premiere of David Hamilton's 'Avec Amour' for viola d'amore, spoken words and piano, setting Sherry's poem 'Avec Amour' to music. Anthony Ritchie (NZ) composed 'Taioro ki te Ao' that earned the trio a standing ovation at its world premiere at the National Art Gallery (Ottawa, Canada, 2022) as well as three nominations are the Wellington Fringe Festival (2023). 

Sherry is currently planning a South American concert tour with Dutch violist/scholar Emlyn Stam following their world premiere at the 49th International Viola Congress (Brazil, July 2024) of viola/piano works by several composers of South American descent yet living overseas that Sherry has commissioned.

Sherry has decided to learn to play the viola herself from 2024, since so many people thought she was already a violist, with all the viola recitals she's played in (as the pianist) and over 10 pieces of viola music written for her since 2019!

Viva la Viola!

(Last updated on 2023-09-27)

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2019 Viola Events
(1) 23rd to 31st of May 2019 (Auckland/Wellington, NZ)

War and Peace Arts & Music Festival

(Facebook Page)

(2) 6th to 27th of October 2019

100 Years Journey Concert Tour

(Facebook Page)
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Upcoming Events
The Alto Nova Duo
in South America
(World Premiere of VioLatino)


To be announced soon. Stay tuned!

(Last updated on 2023-09-27)

List of Viola Works Composed for Sherry
(1) Chris Artley (NZ): An Anzac Reflection (2019)

*Dedicated to those fallen in the two World Wars, Sherry's first ever commission for a musical piece

​**Premiered: 2019-05-23 with Milan Milisavljević (USA) @ Pah Homestead, Hillsborough, Auckland, NZ


(2) Matthias Hutter (Germany): Nocturne oublié (2019)


*Dedicated to Toni Morrison (USA/1931-2019)

**Premiered: 2019-10-06 with Robert Ashworth (NZ) @ All Saints Church, Howick, Auckland, NZ

***VIDEO of Composer's Words

(3) Ben Fernandez (NZ): Summit (2019)

* Dedicated to Sir Edmund Hillary (NZ/1919-2008)

​**Premiered: 2019-10-06 with Robert Ashworth (NZ) @ All Saints Church, Howick, Auckland, NZ

***VIDEO of Composer's Words

(4) Carvin Knowles (NZ): Der Dybbuk Doina (The Diabolical Ghost) (2019)

*Dedicated to
John Ure (NZ/1952-2019)

​**Premiered: 2019-10-10 with Robert Ashworth (NZ) @ Adam Concert Room, Victoria University, Wellington, NZ

***(VIDEO of Composer's Words)
(6) David Hamilton (NZ): Avec Amour (2020)

*The first time Sherry's poem has been set to music.

​**Premiered: 2022-02-16 with Donald Maurice (NZ/viola + viola d'amore) & Sharn Maree (NZ/spoken word poet) @ St Andrews on the Terrace, Wellington, NZ

(7) Massimiliano Messieri (Italy): Waiting Room, Suite for viola and piano on six haiku by Sherry Grant (2022)

*Inspired by 6 published haiku by Sherry Grant (1) A Goldfish (2) The Seashells (3) A Black Swan (4) The Waves Rise (5) Rainbow (6) Chess Game

​**Cello/piano version premiered
“Waiting Room II” Suite for cello and piano on six haiku by Sherry Grant – Nicola Giaquinto, piano; Amelia Sharp, cello – World Premiere on 2022-11-12 @  il Teatro Titano, Città di San Marino

***Scores available here (Universal Editions)
2021 Viola Events
(3) 14th to 16th of November 2021 (Online)

International Hindemith & Copland Music Festival

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2022 Viola Events
(4) 16th February 2022 (Wellington, NZ)

Taioro Ensemble Lunchtime Concert @ St Andrew's on the Terrace

including world premiere of David Hamilton's Avec Amour setting Sherry's poem Avec Amour (Op.607, written 2020-09-22) to music for viola d'amore and piano with spoken words...

(Taioro Webpage)
(5) 30th May 2022 (National Art Gallery, Ottawa, Canada)

Taioro ki te Ao World Premiere

World premiere of Anthony Ritchie's Taioro ki te Ao setting Maori spoken word poet Sharn Maree's poetry to music for viola, piano and spoken words took place in Ottawa, Canada at the invitation of the NZ High Commissioner in Canada. The premiere got standing ovation!

(Facebook Livestream Video)

(Concert Review)
(6) 2nd June 2022 (Columbus State University, Georgia, USA)

Taioro ki te Ao @ 47th International Viola Congress

Following its world premiere, Anthony Ritchie's Taioro ki te Ao was performed at the 47th IVC in USA, after several delayed international and domestic flights!

(Taioro IVC 2022 Review Source)
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2023 Viola Events
(7) 23rd - 26th February 2023 (Wellington, NZ)

Taioro ki te Ao @ Bats Theatre, Wellington Fringe Festival

The five performances of Taioro ki te Ao at the Bats Theatre at the Wellington Fringe Festival got nominations to three awards! Composer Anthony Ritchie attended the lunchtime matinee on the final day.

(Taioro @ Bats Theatre Webpage)
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(7) 8th June 2023 (Mahidol University, Salaya, Thailand)

Taioro Performing @ 48th International Viola Congress Salaya

Taioro trio performed music by NZ composers Alfred Hill, Douglas Lilburn and Anthony Ritchie.

(Taioro @ 48th IVC Webpage)

(Concert Review)
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