Baroque violin – Shelley Wilkinson
Shelley Wilkinson started her violin tuition as a schoolgirl in Nelson, continued to study it at University of Auckland and eventually went to Holland for post graduate studies on baroque violin. She gained considerable orchestral experience whilst there and continued this once returning to New Zealand and Australia. She has continued to play baroque violin (and viola) in various ensembles around New Zealand, has toured several times for Chamber Music New Zealand as an ensemble member as well as adjudicator. Shelley works half time for Radio New Zealand Concert and has recently swapped living on top of a hill in Wellington for a new life in Auckland.
Baroque cello – Tomas Hurnik
Tomas Hurnik was born in Ostrava, Czech Republic. He received his masters at the academy of Music in Prague. While studying Tomas was an active performer, playing and recording as a soloist with various Symphonies (Janacek Philharmonic, Moravian Philharmonic) and as a member of chamber groups (such as string quartets, piano and string trios) for Czech radio and concerts both in Czech and abroad (Germany, Austria, Japan and France). With peers he created Chamber Orchestra of Young Soloists with whom he performed throughout the Czech Republic. Also while studying he took part in various competitions. In 1992 he received second place at the Mozart Competition of Chamber Music in Prague (Czech Republic) as a member of a string quartet. With the same quartet he received first place in 1993 at the International Beethoven Competition in Hradec nad Moravici (Czech Republic) and the Bohuslav Martinu Prize as a soloist.
In 1998 he was hired as the principal cellist for the Malaysian Philharmonic in Kuala Lumpur with which he played for four years. He then returned to Europe to study Baroque cello in Frankfurt with Rainer Zipperling. He continued to actively perform with a variety of period instrument chamber groups such as Musica Florea, Capella Regia Prague, Musica Aeterna and Solamente Naturali.
He now plays as the Associate Principal Cellist for Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.
Theorbo – Jonathan Le Cocq
Jonathan Le Cocq studied music in London at Goldsmiths' College and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and at Oxford where he took his doctorate in early French music. Aside from scholarly publications, he has been editor of the longest-standing early music journal The Consort, and performs on lute, theorbo, and other historical and modern plucked stringed instruments. He is senior lecturer in music at the University of Canterbury, Dean of Faculty, and currently Acting Pro-Vice Chancellor of the College of Arts.
He is playing a baroque guitar by Barber/Harris (2005) after Alexandre Voboam, 1680, and a theorbo by David Van Edwards (1997) after Martinus Kaiser (Venice 1609).
Harpsichord – Douglas Mews
Douglas Mews is a freelance musician in Wellington, teaching organ and harpsichord at the New Zealand School of Music. He graduated from Auckland University with a M.Mus in organ and harpsichord, having studied with the late Anthony Jennings. This was followed by two years' post-graduate harpsichord study with Bob van Asperen at the Hague Conservatorium.
As harpsichordist he has given many recitals in NZ as well as performing with various visiting musicians, including baroque violinist Stanley Ritchie, early flautist Rachel Brown, singer Richard Wistreich, recorder player Peter Holtslag, and violist Nobuko Imai.
As organist he has performed at St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, St Nazaire Cathedral, Beziers, St Jacobi Church, Hamburg, as well as all major venues in NZ.
Voice – Pepe Becker
Pepe Becker, renowned for her vocal purity and flexibility, began her musical training in Nelson, as a Cathedral Choir chorister, pianist and oboist. Completing a BMus (in Composition) at Wellington’s Victoria University in 1987, she then studied (baroque) singing - with Jessica Cash in London, and at The Hague’s Koninklijk Conservatorium.
She has sung professionally with a number of early music groups overseas; has been a soloist alongside renowned international singers such as Emma Kirkby and Andreas Scholl, and continues to appear regularly as soprano soloist with chamber groups, choirs and orchestras throughout New Zealand. Pepe also directs her own vocal ensemble, Baroque Voices (founded in 1994); is a recording artist for Radio NZ Concert; has featured as a soloist on several commercial CDs; is a member of Voices NZ Chamber Choir; composes music, teaches piano, theory and singing, and is a practising Astrologer at the Wellington Astrology Centre.