Trio Éclat

Trio Éclat is an enthusiastic group of music professionals committed to performing new and existing repertoire for wind trio. Our intent is to provide informative and exhilarating music to the community, strive for artistic excellence as professional musicians, and to foster creative musical ideas to young musicians through example. The group is made up of experienced musicians who both perform and teach music throughout the Auckland community, and the rest of New Zealand.

 

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Musician Biographies

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ROWAN MEADE is a masters graduate in performance clarinet with highest honours from the Sibelius Academy of Music in Helsinki, Finland. He was the only clarinetist to be accepted into the Sibelius Academy Masters Program for Performance Clarinet in 2010.

During his education Rowan studied with clarinetists such as Asko Heiskanen, Olli Leppäniemi and Harri Mäki, and concluded his studies by performing John Adams Gnarly Buttons Clarinet Concerto with the Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra. Rowan has been frequently invited to play with orchestras such as the Finnish Radio Symphony Conductors Orchestra and Sibelius Academy Symphony, and since his return home to New Zealand in 2013 he has performed with orchestras such as the New Zealand and Christchurch Symphonies.

 

Rowan is an active chamber musician having won a many competitions including the Auckland Chamber Music Competition, and has traveled around Scandinavia touring with the chamber music group Marinis Quintet. He has also been a concerto soloist with orchestras such as the Hawkes Bay Orchestra, Auckland Youth Orchestra and the Waitakere Orchestra.

As an avid contemporary music performer Rowan has won the Lilburn Composition Competition Performance Prize. He has been part of many collaboration projects with New Zealand composers, and this will be a particular focus in his performing schedule over the coming year.

 

Rowan has taught clarinet at the University of Waikato, and has an established teaching studio in Auckland. 

MONICA CHANG is a well-known pianist and teacher formerly from the Waikato region.  She completed her Masters of Music at the University of Waikato, specializing in performance piano, principally under the tutelage of Katherine Austin. She subsequently studied under Rae de Lisle at the University of Auckland. 

 

Monica was awarded numerous awards and prizes including the Lili Kraus Piano Award, and was one of twelve pianists chosen to participate at the Yamaha Piano Competition in Kerikeri in 2006.  She has performed as a concerto soloist, including in support of community groups such as the United Youth Orchestra.

 

Monica has played in a number of master classes – including for prominent pianists such as Read Gainsford, Bryan Sayers, Piers Lane, Gerard Willems and Meng-Chieh Liu.  She has also premiered works for composers such as Nigel Keay and has been a guest orchestral pianist with the Opus Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Monica has been touring as part of the Emanon Duo to audiences nationwide.

 

Monica’s students have been successful in examinations and university auditions gaining entrance and high achievement awards. She has been involved in collaborative piano at the University of Waikato and was a former Accelerando Junior Academy tutor.  She currently supports a number of music teachers in Auckland as a collaborative

artist and coach and is a preferred pianist for the Suzuki Violin School in Auckland. She currently resides in Auckland and is an active chamber musician, solo and collaborative pianist. 

CHRISTINE KIM is a dynamic flautist who successfully completed her Advanced Studies with Professor Mirjam Nastasi at Freiburg Musikhochschule in Germany. She also holds a Bachelor of Music First Class Honours and Master of Music under the tutelage of Professor Uwe Grodd at the University of Auckland School of Music.

 

Christine has won numerous scholarships and awards including, the 74th Annual Society of American Musicians Competition in the United States, 1st place in the University of Auckland Graduation Gala Concerto Competition, 2nd place and Best Woodwind in the Rotorua National Concerto Competition and 2nd place with her flute and piano duo at the International Interpretations wettbewerb Verfemte Musik in Schwerin, Germany.

Whilst studying in Germany, Christine extended her musical development by playing as a popular casual member of the Johann Strauss Ensemble, as well as principal flute of the Freiburg, Tel Aviv and Padua Project Orchestra Ludus Danielus, giving World Premiere performances in Freiburg and Padua.

 

Throughout her career Christine was chosen to participate in numerous master classes with artists such as Marya Martin, Leone Buyse, Felix Renggli, Jean Ferrandis, Paul Edmund-Davis, Denis Bouriakov, Robert Aitken and Sir James Galway.

Since returning to New Zealand in 2013, Christine has been an active freelance musician, with a passion for teaching and a special love and knowledge of woodwind chamber music. She teaches students throughout Auckland and plays

with a variety of chamber groups.