Julien Van Mellaerts and James Baillieu
New Zealand baritone Julien Van Mellaerts is the only person to have ever won first prize in both the Kathleen Ferrier Awards and the Wigmore Hall Kohn Foundation International Song Competition.
Together with world renowned South African pianist James Baillieu, professor and head of piano accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music in London, these are two of the leading young performers of art song and lieder.
The Wanaka programme centres on Schubert and Vaughan Williams; the performance in the gorgeous Bannockburn Hall focuses on Schumann and Britten.
But common to each will be a brand new sequence of short comic songs about four New Zealand birds, based on poems by Bill Manhire with music by Gareth Farr. The Festival of Colour has specially commissioned The Tui! Come and hear a premiere performance.
Presented in association with Chamber Music New Zealand.