South Waikato Music Society

Saxophone Marimba Duo

Saxophone Marimba Duo

Sunday 10 June 2018 2.30PM


Adults $25
Members $20
Students Free
Door Sales Only


George Gershwin        Three Preludes
Akira Yuyama               Divertimento
Gareth Farr                  Kembang Suling
Michael Jamieson       Axe
David Maslanka          Song book
Astor Piazzolla            Histoire du Tango


Michael Jamieson – Saxophone

Michael started playing saxophone at age 14. He studied at Victoria University (Bachelor of Music) and Massey University (Honours, 1st class) with Deborah Rawson.
He received a Massey University Cultural Award, a grant from Creative NZ, and the prestigious Patricia Pratt Music Scholarship, enabling him to undertake Masters study with Johan van der Linden at the Messiaen Academie in the Netherlands.

During his study at the Messiaen Academie, Michael also received lessons from Arno Bornkamp, Niels Bijl and Willem van Merwijk from the Aurelia Saxophone Quartet. He undertook an exchange for a semester at the Conservatoire National de Région, Strasbourg, France, where he studied with Phillippe Geiss. While in France, Michael participated in masterclasses and perfomances with Etienne Rolin, Elipsos Saxophone Quartet and Jean-Marie Londeix. Michael also took lessons from Claude Delangle, Christian Wirth, Vincent David and Philippe Bracquart at the French Saxophone Summer School at Gap.

Michael is in demand as an orchestral and chamber saxophonist, working regularly with groups such as the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Radio Chamber Orchestra (NL) and Netherlands Symphony Orchestra. He is the soprano saxophonist and founding member of the Hanumi Saxophone Quartet, and member of the Four Baritones and Rata Trio.

Michael is the saxophone section leader of the Royal New Zealand Navy Band. Michael teaches classical saxophone performance at Auckland University School of Music, and is a D’Addario Woodwinds (RICO Reeds) and Selmer-Paris (saxophones and mouthpieces) performing artist.

Yoshiko Tsuruta – Marimba

Starting at the age of 9, Yoshiko learned Marimba privately in Japan. After relocating to New Zealand in 2004, she graduated from the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington in music performance. She moved to Austria in 2010 and has completed her Master’s Degree (1st Class) on Percussion at the Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität.

Yoshiko has won several prizes, including the 1st prizes in both the New Zealand School of Music Concerto Competition and the New Zealand National Concerto Competition. She reached the semi- final of the International Marimba Competition in Salzburg. Most recently, she received the 2nd prize and all the extra prizes at the International Australian Marimba Competition.

As a soloist, Yoshiko has performed in several concertos on marimba with different orchestras, including Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. In September 2018, she will be world premiering a new marimba concerto, written for her by Gareth Farr. (with OPUS orchestra, in Hamilton, Tauranga and Rotorua)

Since returning from Europe Yoshiko endeavours to promote classical percussion in New Zealand, especially the marimba. As one of the very few dedicated“marimbists” in the country, she gives solo performances as well as chamber music with various artists. In 2016, she formed a marimba/percussion duo and toured NZ for Chamber Music New Zealand. Her repertoire includes her own arrangements, with which she explores the expressive possibilities of the marimba beyond the stereotype as a percussion instrument.


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