The third concert in the Auckland Town Hall Free Organ Concert Series features Kemp English, one of New Zealand’s leading concert performers, and violinist Yuka Eguchi, assistant concertmaster with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
Over the last few years Kemp and Yuka have given over 50 concerts together, delighting audiences with that extra special chemistry that comes from being partners, both on and off the stage. Celebrated in their own right as soloists, they are dynamic together, on a mission to spread the joys of the violin and keyboard repertoire.
About the Organist
Although based in New Zealand, Dr Kemp English is much in demand as a solo organist, collaborative pianist, and specialist fortepiano exponent worldwide. He is an honours graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, holds a Master of Arts degree in Music Performance from the University of York and PhD from the Elder Conservatorium in Adelaide. For eleven years he was Dunedin city organist and Executant Lecturer in Performance at the University of Otago. Kemp English has made many recordings and comes to Auckland following a tour in France.
About the Violinist
Yuka Eguchi is Assistant Concert Master of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Prior to that, she was one of Japan’s foremost concertmasters having led both the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and Tokyo Mozart Players. Yuka is a graduate of both Toho High School in Tokyo and Indiana University in the United States. She won first prize in the 55th Japan Music Competition and was third in the 1993 International Paganini Competition. Her favourite performance venue in New Zealand is the Auckland Town Hall.