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Manawatu Sinfonia Concert - 10th September 2022

Conductor: Reuben Brown

Soloist: Yuri Park

Mozart - Violin Concert no.3

Schubert - Symphony no.4 'Tragic'

Young - Douce Tristesse


Reuben Brown - Conductor:

Hailing from the depths of the South Island, Reuben Brown has recently completed his Honours degree at Te Koki - New Zealand School of Music. Here, Reuben has pursued his passions for orchestral conducting and euphonium performance under the tutelage of Associate Professor Martin Riseley and euphonium artist Byron ‘Buzz’ Newton. He is now the Artistic Coordinator at Te Tira Puoro o Aotearoa - New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, assisting in current and future projects. Beginning in strong brass banding communities, Reuben has climbed the ranks with his playing and conducting, landing a euphonium seat with New Zealand’s premiere Wellington Brass Band. In 2021, he became the Band Manager and Assistant Musical Director (under David Bremner). Reuben has also been a member of the National Youth Brass Band since 2020 with both performance and administrative duties. He has recently been announced as the Assistant Musical Director for the National Secondary Schools’ Brass Band for 2022/23. In 2022, he successfully applied for and was awarded an NZSO’s Conducting Fellowship, working with the orchestra over sessions lead by Hamish McKeich and various visiting conductors. 

Yuri Park - Soloist (violin)

Yuri is an experienced violin teacher and performer.
She began to study piano at the age of 5 and later started learning violin at 12.
She graduated from the Sookmyung Women's University with a Bachelor of Music (Department of Orchestra Instruments -Violin Performance) in Seoul in 1996. 
She moved to Palmerston North from South Korea in 2000. While she was living in Palmy, she played in MSO, Musica Viva concerts, trio, quartet, and baroque chamber as the principal violinist. 
After she moved to Auckland with her family in 2011. She graduated The University of Auckland with a Postgraduate Diploma (with Merit) in Music in Performance. She has been teaching many students privately and was the after school violin class teacher at the Auckland Normal Intermediate School. She was also the conductor for the 10th anniversary concert of the Joyful Youth Orchestra. 
She moved back to Palmerston North recently and is a registered violin teacher with IRMTNZ. 


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