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May 19th 2019 Manawatu Sinfonia

Speirs Centre, 2.30pm

Our first concert, conducted by Peter van Drimmelen, will feature the NZSO cellist Ken Ichinose playing Dvorak's cello concerto, as well as a Hamish MacCunn overture, Saint Saens's Danse Macabre and Prokofiev's Lieutenant Kijé.

MacCUNN, The Land of the Mountain and the Flood

SAINT SAENS, Danse Macabre

PROKOFIEV, Lieutenant Kijé Suite

DVORAK, Cello concerto


Soloist, Ken Ichinose

British cellist Ken Ichinose is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London having studied with Paul Watkins. During this time Ken co-founded the Galitzin String Quartet with whom he performed for ten years completing major tours in the UK, Germany, Holland, Portugal and France. The Quartet were first prize winners of the 2007 Charles Hennen International Chamber Music Competition. Ken is also co-founder of an annual chamber music festival in Brignac near Montpellier, France. Before joining the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra as Associate Principal in 2014, Ken enjoyed 10 years freelancing with London orchestras including the Philharmonia, Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields, and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Ken plays on a Lorenzo Carcassi Cello, made in Florence, 1747. (

Conductor, Peter van Drimmelen

Born in Holland, Peter studied violin at the Rotterdam Conservatory and viola at the Utrecht Conservatory. He was Sub-Principal viola in a choir-accompanying orchestra in Delft and then a member of the Auckland Philharmonia from 1983 to 1987, with two years as violist in the Auckland String Quartet. He conducted three ASQ Summer School orchestra projects during that time. While in the NZSO, which he joined in 1987, he conducted the Wellington Chamber Orchestra numerous times and also the St Matthews Chamber Orchestra (Auckland), the Nelson Symphony Orchestra, and the Manawatu Sinfonia on a near-annual basis since 2003. He also adjudicated for local ensembles and since 2014 has done this on an annual basis for the KBB Festival in Auckland. In 1996 Peter set up the Michael Monaghan Young Musicians Foundation, to encourage young musicians to audition for an opportunity to play a concerto movement with a professional orchestra made up of volunteers from the NZSO and Wellington Orchestra. Over 100 teenagers availed themselves of this opportunity in the 14 years that Peter ran the Foundation. Peter has made numerous recordings for Radio NZ. He retired from the NZSO in 2014 and since then has written his memoirs ‘Driving for Music’, where he recounts his life in a professional orchestra and behind the wheel of a bus. If you are interested, the book is still available at In 2018 Peter was made a life member of the Manawatu Youth Orchestra Inc.


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