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MUSIC DIRECTOR Antun Poljanich Born in Croatia, Antun studied piano and theory at Dubrovnik School for Musical Education then studied conducting at the University of Ljubljana. Following postgraduate studies in Austria, he won a scholarship which took him to Leningrad for a three-year Master Course in Conducting at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory. He has since worked with the Leningrad State Symphony Orchestra, the Veneto Philharmonia, the Slovene and Croatian National Orchestras and other prominent orchestras in Russia and Europe. Antun is the Orchestra’s fourth Musical Director.

SOLOIST Sara Lee

Photo: Gloria Tian

South Korean-born Sara Lee began her piano studies at the age of six and studied for several years with Soo Jung Shin. She performed in Accademia Pianistica Siciliana concerts in 2016 and reached the semi-finals of the Wallace National Piano Competition in 2016 and 2017. Sara is studying at the University of Auckland with Rae de Lisle and Stephen De Pledge. In 2017 she won the university’s Graduation Gala Concerto Competition. Sara was a participant in the 2018 Taiwan Maestro Piano Festival. She has been awarded a 2018 APO Haydn Staples Scholarship and was a semi-finalist in the recent 4th Asia-Pacific International Chopin Piano Competition in Korea. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

PROGRAMME NOTES Overture to Rienzi Richard Wagner (1813-1883) In a corner of Devonport, one of Auckland’s oldest suburbs, there lies a cluster of streets named after famous British writers, household names in their time, but who are little read today. So there is a Bulwer Street and a Lytton Street, named after the prolific and enormously popular Victorian novelist, politician and friend of Dickens, Edward BulwerLytton. His novel Rienzi, The Last of the Tribunes, made such an impression on the young Richard Wagner that he turned it into a libretto for an opera on the grandest scale, lasting over six hours in performance and needing the resources of a major opera house for any effective production. The circumstances behind the creation of the work make this all the more astonishing. In 1839 Wagner and his wife had fled from Riga, where he held the position of music director at the local theatre, in order to escape his creditors, leaving behind a mountain of unpaid debts. In Paris, which at that time was the centre of European artistic life, and where Wagner hoped to make his name, they lived a hand to mouth existence,

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Profile for Auckland Youth Orchestra

AYO 2018 May Concert Series  

AYO 2018 May Concert Series  

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