Festival Featured Guest Artists
New Zealand Violinist Donald Armstrong is Associate Concertmaster of the NZSO. He was formerly Principal Second Violin of the Tivoli Sinfoniorkester in Denmark and Co-Concertmaster of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice in France. He performs regularly in New Zealand with his own chamber group, the “Amici Ensemble” and has taught as an artist teacher at the New Zealand School of Music.
German Pianist Michael Endres performs worldwide as soloist and chamber music partner. He gained a Master’s degree at the Juilliard School in New York under Jacob Lateiner and studied with Peter Feuchtwanger in London. His solo recordings include cycles of the complete sonatas by Mozart, Schubert, Weber and the rarely heard English composer Arnold Bax, the complete works of Ravel and Gershwin as well as works by Schumann.
Claire Chiu is currently an professor of the piano department at Xinghai Conservatory of Music and has a reputation throughout China and the world as a "piano talent".