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Speakers and Performers

IRMT Waikato is pleased to announce an incredible line up of world-renowned presenters and performers who are involved in this year's conference.

Dr Katie Zhukov will provide the keynotes speech, Dame Malvina Major will provide the opening address.

Dr Katie Zhukov

Music Research Fellow and Associate Lecturer, The University of Queensland
Katie Zhukov has a PhD from UNSW and a Master’s degree in performance from the Juilliard... More

Katherine Austin

Pianist | Head of Piano Studies, NZCS | University of Waikato
Katherine Austin is one of New Zealand’s leading pianists and performs regularly as a... More

Lara Hall

Violinist | Lecturer in Violin, NZCS | University of Waikato
Dr. Lara Hall is the current concertmaster of the Opus Chamber Orchestra. She has performed as a... More

James Tennant

Cellist | Senior Lecturer in Cello. Head of Performance, Chamber Music and Orchestra, NZCS | University of Waikato
American-born cellist James Tennant is a concert soloist, chamber musician, teacher and one of... More

Rae de Lisle

Associate Professor of Piano, University of Auckland
Dr. Rae de Lisle is currently Associate Professor of Piano at the University of Auckland.... More

Gina Sanders

National Executive Councillor, NEWZATS
Well established in the performance, teaching and adjudication professions in NZ and... More

Jayne Tankersley

Hamilton based soprano Jayne Tankersley is one of New Zealand's most experienced singers of... More

Bill Stoneham

Bill began playing the trumpet at the age of eight under the guidance of his father, going on to... More

Glenese Blake

The Music Shed
Winner of several prestigious awards, including the inaugural Dame Sister Mary Leo Scholarship,... More

Michael Blake

The Music Shed
Michael Blake’s career as an international Tenor Soloist spans over 40 years. ... More

Francis Cowan

Accompanist, University of Waikato
Francis Cowan studied piano with Ruby Campbell and then Judith Clark at Victoria University.... More

Kath Woodley

Kath Woodley has had a very varied musical career. After piano, organ and University studies,... More

Martin Griffiths

Examiner, NZMEB
Martin holds music degrees from the University of Auckland (BMUS), the University of Maine (MM)... More

Coryn Knapper

Coryn holds an L.T.C.L. diploma in singing and runs a busy studio in Hamilton, preparing... More

Prof. John Drummond

Government Nominee, IRMT
Emeritus Professor John Drummond retired in 2014 after 28 years as Blair Professor of Music at... More

Andrew Buchanan-Smart

Andrew has a successful career in both management and music. His current involvements include:... More

Melody Deng

Melody completed a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance with First Class Honours in Studio... More

Rachael Griffiths-Hughes

Senior Lecturer, University of Waikato
Rachael Griffiths-Hughes is Senior Lecturer at the University of Waikato Conservatorium of... More