Kerry Martin currently works with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and casually with the Sydney Symphony. Kerry received a . She was the First Prize Winner of the New Zealand National Concerto Competition in 2001 and a prize-winner at the Gisborne International Music Competition in NZ in the same year. She has appeared as soloist with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Christchurch Youth Orchestra and the Sydney Chamber Orchestra, performing concertos by Khatchaturian, Beethoven and Lalo. In 2007 Kerry lead the strings in Vivadi’s “Summer” for the Documentary Film ’4′.Kerry was the recipient of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra’s Alex Lindsay Memorial Award in 2004, allowing her to spend two months in London having lessons with David Takeno, Felix Andrievski and Hu Kun. She was also selected to have master classes with Regis Pasquier in Sydney.
She formed the Aoraki Duo with cellist Daniel Morris from 2003-2007, giving numerous performances in the Art Gallery of NSW Sunday Lunchtime Concert Series, and concerts in the South Island of NZ, including premiering a work written for them by New Zealand Composer Patrick Shephard.Kerry teaches violin at the Australian Institute of Music, and tutors for the Conservatorium High Orchestra. She has performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and directed the ‘Parramatta String Players’ from ’09-’11 as part of the ACO’s education programme, culminating in a premiere of a work by Matthew Hindsin in collaboration with the YouMove DanceCompany. Kerry is a founding member and Artistic Director of ARCO Chamber Orchestra since 2006, who have performed annually on ABC Sunday Live and regularly as part for the Art Gallery of NSW Sunday Lunchtime Concert Series.
Hailing from New Zealand, Kerry completed her Bachelor of Music degree at Canterbury University in Christchurch, 1999, studying with Jan Tawroszewicz. She was Concertmaster of the Christchurch Youth Orchestra for 3 years, and also of the New Zealand National Secondary School’s Symphony Orchestra, and the Unversity of Canterbury Chamber Orchestra. In 1999 her piano trio (with cellist Rachel Johnston) won the Adam National Chamber Music Competition, NZ, coached by Alexander Ivashkin and they were broadcast nationally on Concert FM. In the same year Kerry won the New Zealand Post ‘Young Musician of the Year Award’, and the Wamakariri District Arts’ Council’s ‘Young Achievers’ Award’.
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