Kapi-Mana Music Festival Recitals Event 2021
Saturday, 2 October 2021
To be held at the Performing Arts Studio, Pātaka Art + Museum, Porirua.
Our recitals event is a unique opportunity for young musicians, Grade 6 and above, to perform a 10 or 20 minute programme of their choice. This event provides a stimulating environment for the players, and an exceptional experience for the audience.
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Adjudicators – Thomas Nikora and Robin Perks
Thomas Nikora is well known around Wellington and New Zealand as an accomplished pianist, conductor, and composer. He grew up in Masterton and attended Makoura College where he was awarded the school’s top Kia Manawanui award. He gained his LTCL certificate at 17 before attending Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music under Jian Liu. Thomas has since gained further recognition as a Pianist and Conductor by directing Cantoris Choir and as a soloist with different orchestras.
As well as being a regular concerto soloist, Thomas is the principal keyboard player for Orchestra Wellington and rehearsal pianist for Orpheus. He is a regular face at choral events around Wellington and is now in his sixth year as Music Director of Cantoris Choir. Thomas aims to one day be conducting on some of the big concert stages of the world directing opera and oratorios.
Robin Perks grew up in Christchurch, where he studied violin, and was a member of the John Ritchie String Orchestra and the Christchurch Civic Orchestra, before moving to Wellington to join the then NZBC Symphony at age 20. He was also a member of the National Youth Orchestra for 8 years, and was its concertmaster for the final 3 years. Later he spent seven years studying violin and playing in symphony, opera and ballet orchestras in Germany and England, before returning to New Zealand and rejoining the NZSO from 1975 until his retirement in 2011. Since then he has renewed his involvement in chamber music, and has performed throughout New Zealand as a member of The Kugels Klezmer band.