Dr Jane Curry

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Senior Lecturer; Guitar coordinator School of Music

Qualifications

BA Waik, BMus Massey, BMusHonsAuck, MMus Ariz, DMA Ariz

Role

  • Senior Lecturer, Classical Performance - Guitar

Profile

Born in the UK and now based in New Zealand, international award-winning classical guitarist Jane Curry is Senior Lecturer in Music at the New Zealand School of Music at Victoria University of Wellington. Jane balances a busy schedule of solo and chamber music engagements with the coordination of the largest classical guitar programme in New Zealand. Her committed teaching ethos has resulted in her students regularly achieving high honours in their studies, winning competition prizes and scholarships as they develop their professional careers.

Recent concert engagements include concertos with the Orkiestra Ars Longa (Krakow Music Academy, Poland) the Capital Concert Orchestra (Canberra) the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra, the Nelson Symphony Orchestra and the Kapiti Concert Orchestra (New Zealand). Her chamber music collaborations include Archi d’Amore Zelanda, the New Zealand Guitar Quartet (NZGQ members Owen Moriarty, John Couch and Vladimir Gorbach) and the Linkwood Guitar Duo (with Owen Moriarty). Archi D’Amore Zelanda, (Donald Maurice - viola d’amore and Inbal Megiddo-cello), recently returned from concerts in Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and Poland. The trio were visiting artists at the International Viola d’amore Congress held at the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music (Poland). While in Poland the group recorded several Vivaldi and Graupner concertos with the Polish record company Acte Prealable. NZGQ highlights include performing at the 2018 Guitar Foundation of America Convention (Louisville Kentucky), and concerts in Beijing at Centennial Hall, Peking University and the Sunrise Concert Hall, Beihang University (2016). All groups are committed to commissioning and recording new works and have several CD releases 2016-2018.

After successfully auditioning to study postgraduate performance at the Royal College of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music, and the University of Southern California, Jane chose to study with Scott Tennant at USC. She was subsequently offered a full scholarship to study towards a Master’s and Doctorate with Professor Thomas Patterson (University of Arizona). David Russell and Sergio and Odair Assad both hold annual artist residencies at the University of Arizona which has given Jane the opportunity to study closely with these Grammy winning musicians.

Research Interests

The development of solo and chamber music for classical guitar through live performance, commissions (by both New Zealand and international composers) and CD publications.

Engaging and collaborating on research interests with colleagues from other institutions in both national and international settings. 2016 collaborations include concerts with the New Zealand Guitar Quartet, Archi d’Amore Zelanda, Continental Drift (guitar trio) and Marek Pasieczny (programme of Polish and New Zealand music for two guitars). These collaborations included concerts in the UK, Beijing, Poland (Kalisz, Poznan, Luslawice, Krakow and Warsaw) including the Bielany Chamber Music Festival (Warsaw) and the International Viola d’Amore Congress in Luslawice. Repertoire features world premieres of pieces written specifically for Archi d’Amore Zelanda and the New Zealand Guitar Quartet

Research supervision

  • Virtuosity and the Guitar: late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries in Europe and the complex relationship between performer-centered practices and Romantic aesthetics.
  • Collaboration between performer and composer: the analysis of both established repertoire as well as ethnographic documentation on the creation of new works with non-guitarist composers.

Proposals welcome

  • Classical guitar performance
  • Guitar history and pedagogy
  • Composer/performer collaborations
  • Guitar music and culture

Performances

Curry, J & Moriarty, O. (Linkwood Guitar Duo) 2018 August 12, Mulled Wine concert series, Kapiti (NZ)

Curry, J & Maurice, D. (Archi Zelanda) 2018 July 22, The Japanese Association Cultural Hall, Singapore.

Curry, J & Maurice, D. (Archi Zelanda) 2018 July 19, Khon Kean University, Khon Kean, Thailand.

Curry, J & Maurice, D. (Archi Zelanda) 2018 July 17, New Zealand Embassy, Bangkok, Thailand.

Curry, J & Maurice, D. (Archi Zelanda) 2018 July 16, Concerti with the Salaya Chamber Orchestra, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand.

Curry, J & Maurice, D. (Archi Zelanda) 2018 July 15, Seacon (Mahidol University), Bangkok, Thailand.

Curry, J & Maurice, D. (Archi Zelanda) 2018 July 13, Sunway University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Curry, J & Maurice, D. (Archi Zelanda) 2018 July 12, Concerti with the Arioso Symphonia, New Zealand High Commission, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Curry, J & Maurice, D. (Archi Zelanda) 2018 9/10 July, Australian String Teachers Association conference, Perth (WA, AUS)

Curry, J (New Zealand Guitar Quartet) 2018 22 June, Guitar Foundation of America, University of Louisville (KY, USA)

Curry, J (New Zealand Guitar Quartet) 2018 15 June, Museum of Abstract Art by Manuel Felguerez (auditorium) Zacatecas (MEX) 16June, Masterclass Zacatecas (MEX)

Curry, J (New Zealand Guitar Quartet) 2018 12 June, Pinacoteca University, Colima (MEX) 13 June, Masterclass Colima (MEX)

Curry, J (New Zealand Guitar Quartet) 2018 9/10th June, Concerto Andaluz with the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra, King's and Queen's Performing Arts Centre, Dunedin (NZ)

Curry, J (New Zealand Guitar Quartet) 2018 6 June, The Piano, Christchurch (NZ)

Curry, J (New Zealand Guitar Quartet) 2018 2 June, Brisbane International Guitar Festival, Magna Community Arts Centre, Brisbane (QLD, AUS)

Curry, J (New Zealand Guitar Quartet) 2018 31May, Wesley Music Centre, Canberra (ACT, AUS)

Curry, J (New Zealand Guitar Quartet) 2018 28 May, Cooma Classical Guitar Society (NSW, AUS)

Curry, J & Maurice, D. (Archi Zelanda) 2018 9 May, St Andrew’s on the Terrace, Wellington (NZ).

Curry, J (New Zealand Guitar Quartet) 2018 18 January, Taranaki Classical Guitar Summer School, 4th Wall Theatre, New Plymouth (NZ).

Curry, J & Deseret String Quartet. (2017 3 Sept) - Boccherini, 44th International Viola Congress. St Andrew’s on The Terrace, Wellington.

Curry, J. (New Zealand Guitar Quartet) (2017 1-23 July) Arts on Tour concert series, Onekaka, Picton, Balcairn, Darfield, Lincoln, Invercargill, Oamaru, Hokitika, Motueka, Featherston, Wanganui, Geraldine, Wanaka, Ashburton, Alexandra.

Curry, J. Maurice, D. Meggido, I. (2017 14 June) Archi d'amore Zelanda - Williams, Hamilton, Bach. St Andrew’s on The Terrace, Wellington.

Curry, J. Moriarty, O. (2017 17 May) NZ Music for Two Guitars – Ritchie, Psathas, Body. St Andrew’s on The Terrace, Wellington.

Curry, J. (2017 18 February) Concierto Aranjuez, Joaquin Rodrigo, Aorangi Symphony, Auckland Town Hall Concert Chamber, Auckland, New Zealand.

Curry, J. & Maurice, D. (2017 8 February) CD Launch Concert Vivaldi and Graupner concertos, St Andrew’s on The Terrace, Wellington.

Curry, J. (New Zealand Guitar Quartet) (2016 14-18 December) 5 Concerts in Beijing: Centennial Hall, Peking University, Sunrise Concert Hall, Beihang University, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), 798 Art Zone, La Plantation, Shunyi, China.

Curry, J. & Pasieczny, M. Guitar duo concert tour of Polish and New Zealand music (2016 1-16 July) Concerts with Guitar Societies in Hamilton, Warkworth, Auckland, New Plymouth, Timaru, Christchurch, Wellington and the Polish Consulate in Sydney, Australia.

Curry, J. & McGrath, L. Sanderson, H. (Continental Drift Guitar Trio) (2016, July 3) Concert at the University of Surrey, Guildford, UK. http://www.surrey.ac.uk/content/continental-drift

Curry, J. & McGrath, L. Sanderson, H. (Continental Drift Guitar Trio) (2016, July 2) Concert at the Friends Meeting House, Canterbury, UK.

Curry, J. & Maurice, D. (Archi d’Amore Zelanda) (2016, June 20) Concert for New Zealand Embassy in Warsaw, Poland. [Live performance] Wilanów Centre http://www.kulturawilanow.pl/index.php/component/content/article/2-strona-gowna/1272-trio-archi-damore-zelanda-koncert.html

Curry, J. & Maurice, D. (Archi d’Amore Zelanda) (2016, June 19) Concert at Bielany Festival in Warsaw, Poland. [Live performance] Bielany Church http://www.bielanypogodzinach.pl/page/25,dla-seniorow.html?id=831

Curry, J. & Maurice, D. (Archi d’Amore Zelanda) (2016, June 17) Concert in Krakow, Poland. [Live performance] Europeum Museum

Curry, J. & Maurice, D. (Archi d’Amore Zelanda) (2016, June 15) Concert at the International Viola d’Amore Congress in Luslawice Poland. [Live performance] Penderecki Centre for European Music

Curry, J. & Maurice, D. (Archi d’Amore Zelanda) (2016, June 14) Concert at the International Viola d’Amore Congress in Luslawice Poland. [Live performance] Penderecki Centre for European Music

Curry, J. & Maurice, D. (Archi d’Amore Zelanda) (2016, June 11) Concert in Poznan Poland. [Live performance] Paderewski Music Academy

Curry, J. & Maurice, D. (Archi d’Amore Zelanda) (2016, June 9) Concert in Kalisz Poland. [Live performance] Kalisz University

Curry, J. & Maurice, D. (2016, March 9). Archi d’Amore Zelanda concert at the Gallagher Performing Arts Centre, University of Waikato. [Performance]. Gallagher Performing Arts Centre, University of Waikato

Curry, J., & Maurice, D. (2016, February 18). Archi d'Amore Zelanda Trio concert Bentley Academy of Music, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia [Performance]. Bentley Academy of Music, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Curry, J., & Maurice, D. (2016, February 21). Archi d'Amore Zelanda Trio concert Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand. [Performance]. Bangkok, Thailand.

Curry, J., & Maurice, D. (2016, February 23). Archi d'Amore Zelanda Trio concert New Zealand Embassy Residence, Bangkok, Thailand. [Performance]. Bangkok, Thailand

Publications

The Passing of a Black Star, New Zealand Guitar Quartet, RATTLE Records RAT-D071 (June, 2017)

Graupner - Vivaldi Concerti for viola d'amore, guitar and viola AP0373 Acte Préalable (December 2016)

Archi d’Amore Zelanda, ACD817 ATOLL (June 2016)

Ring Round the Moon – Music by David Farquhar RAT-D062 (November, 2015)

THE STORM, New Zealand Guitar Quartet, ODE Records. CDMANU5153 (September, 2013)

New Zealand Guitar Quartet website