Manawatu Sinfonia
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Manawatu Sinfonia Saturday May 28th 2022, 2.30pm

Conducted by Peter van Drimmelen, featuring Ken Ichinose as cello soloist

Venue: Speirs Centre, Palmerston North Boys' High School


Shostakovitch Cello Concerto 1
Tchaikovsky Symphony no.5 
Mussorgsky Great Gate of Kyiv

Peter van Drimmelen, conductor

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 in 2014-15 organised by 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 It will also be offered for sale at the desk during the interval and after the concert for $25.00. In 2018 Peter was made a life member of the Manawatu Youth Orchestra Inc.



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