Dunedin born, Bridget is the Principal Flute of the NZSO. After completing studies at Victoria University, Bridget went to New York and Chicago for further studies. In the USA, Bridget won several competitions including the Artists International Award, resulting in a debut recital at Carnegie Hall. Bridget is also a member of the harp/flute duo Flight and the contemporary ensemble Stroma. She has released three CD’s: Syrinx French music for flute and piano; Taurangi music by New Zealand composers (both with pianist Rachel Thomson) and Flight with Carolyn Mills.
Dr Kirstin Eade is the Associate Principal Flutist, joining the NZSO in 2003. Originally from the Waikato, Kirstin completed undergraduate degrees in Music and English in New Zealand before moving to the United States. She received a Master’s degree from the University of Michigan and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University in Texas. Prior to her study in the States, Kirstin was a finalist in the TNVZ Young Musician’s Competition, the National Concerto Competition and won the Rotorua Concerto Competition. She is currently an Artist Teacher of Flute at the New Zealand School of Music.
Kirstin was invited to perform at the American National Flute Convention in 2010 and was the guest Artist at the Hamilton Flute Festival. She performs with the Wellington-based contemporary ensemble, Stroma and is a member of Kontiki Tangle, a celtic-influenced band.
Currently the principal oboe, Robert has also held the posts of principal cor anglais and associate principal oboe since he joined the NZSO in 1995. Robert has played as guest principal oboe with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and as an extra in the London Philharmonic, The Philharmonia and the City of London Sinfonia. He is an established recital artist and soloist having appeared for the New Zealand Festival, Christchurch Festival, Chamber Music New Zealand, Southern Sinfonia and the NZSO. Aside from playing the oboe, Robert enjoys photography, particularly capturing the sunrise from one of the many bays around Wellington.
Peter Dykes, born in North Yorkshire, England, studied oboe under Stephane Rancourt and Stephen West at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, graduating in 2000.
During his time in Scotland, he made regular guest appearances with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
Peter was also a member of the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra, touring extensively in Europe and America, and has made concerto performances with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the European Union Chamber Orchestra.
For three years he held the position of solo oboe in the Slovenia National Theatre Opera and Ballet Orchestra, and has also played with the Slovenia Radio Television Symphony Orchestra and Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2003, he was appointed to the position of Principal Oboe with Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, where he was also oboe professor at the University of Canterbury and the Pettman Junior Academy of Music.
In 2010 Peter moved to Wellington to take up his new position as Associate Principal Oboe with the NZSO, and is also a member of the Wellington contemporary music group Stroma.
Away from the oboe, Peter is a junior football coach, avid supporter of the Wellington Phoenix football team, real ale fan, and a keen swimmer.
Prior to joining the NZSO in 2006, Michael played both Cor Anglais and Principal Oboe with numerous major ensembles along the eastern seaboard of the United States, including the Florida Orchestra, the Florida West Coast Symphony, and the New World Symphony, among many others. He has also performed regularly as a chamber musician in New York City and the New England area. Michael is the co-founder and artistic director of the critically acclaimed Sky Meadow Chamber Players based in Vermont. He graduated from the Juilliard School as a Lambert Prize recipient, having studied with John Ferrillo and Thomas Stacy. Other major teachers include Robert Atherholt, Elizabeth Camus, and John Mack. Before attending Juilliard, he was a National Merit Scholar pursuing medicine at Rice University in Houston, Texas.
When not making reeds, Michael enjoys soccer, basketball, tramping, and sculptural ceramics.
Born in Washington State, Patrick took up his position as Associate Principal Clarinet in 2000, and was appointed Co-principal in 2002. He is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he studied with David Neuman and Luis Baez. During his studies, he had the opportunity to perform with members of the Grateful Dead in a performance of John Cage’s music circus, and Renga with Apartment House in 1997. Patrick was a winner of the 1994 Corbett Concerto Competition and was awarded a fellowship to the Tanglewood Music Center in 1997. Patrick first performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto at the age of 17 with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra in the USA. He has since performed the same concerto with the NZSO on tour around the North Island. New Zealand composer Dylan Lardelli was commissioned in 2005 to write ‘Tumbu’ for performance by Patrick in an NZSO subscription season tour.
Philip joined the NZSO as Co-Principal Clarinet. He has performed with several of Australia and New Zealand’s leading orchestras including the Sydney Symphony, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonia. He graduated in 1998 from Sydney Conservatorium, Sydney University after studying with Francesco Celata and Mark Walton. He has appeared as soloist with the NZSO on the Lion Foundation and Wrightson tours and performed as part of the contemporary music ensemble Stroma.
Principal Bass Clarinet
Rachel Vernon studied at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne before moving to London to study with Antony Pay. In Britain, she worked as a freelance player, performing with orchestras including Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Scottish Opera Orchestra. In 1989, she took up the position of sub-principal clarinet in the NZSO before returning to London in 1991. In 1995 she became Principal Bass Clarinet with the NZSO.
Born in England, Robert immigrated at an early age to New Zealand where he completed his schooling in Auckland. His first professional orchestral work as a bassoon player was at the premiere concert of the newly formed Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Robert then undertook tertiary study at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. While in Melbourne he played frequently with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Victorian Philharmonic and various freelance groups before accepting a position in the Victorian Wind Quintet.
In 1987 he moved to Perth, Western Australia, where he worked as Associate Principal Bassoon with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra until 2000 when he returned with his family to live in Napier. After several years freelancing with all of the New Zealand orchestras, Robert was appointed as Associate Principal Bassoon in the NZSO in 2007 and Section Principal in 2011.
David is probably the only member of the NZSO to own 3 milling machines. His deeply felt (some would say unnatural) love of machinery has left his personal life a shattered wasteland of missed opportunities and broken dreams! His other interests include visiting his family and exploring cures for baldness.
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