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New Zealand-born oboist Thomas Hutchinson began his studies in Auckland with Martin Lee and Alison Jepson before moving to Melbourne for further study at the Australian National Academy of Music with Jeffrey Crellin, during which time he won the concerto competition and the most outstanding recital prize.
Following the advice of his teachers he then moved to Paris, where he was unanimously admitted to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, entering the classes of Jacques Tys, David Walter and Frédéric Tardy. Following his final exam in 2015 he was awarded a mention très bien à l’unanimité, avec les felicitations du jury.
Immediately after his studies he returned to Melbourne to take up the position of associate principal oboe with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra under Sir Andrew Davis, and in 2017 was joint-winner of the 66th ARD competition in Munich, also winning the prize for the best performance of the commissioned work by Thierry Escaish.
Since returning to Melbourne he has taught at the Australian National Academy of Music and the University of Melbourne, and has been invited to teach at the international oboe summer school in Wellington, New Zealand.
He has made numerous appearances as soloist, including with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Münchener Kammerorchester, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Bach Musica NZ, Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.
Highly praised for her sensitive and expressive playing, New Zealand pianist Betty Lee has established herself as a prominent collaborative pianist throughout Europe and New Zealand. She has performed at major venues including the Herkulessaal of Munich's Residenz, Vienna Konzerthaus, Prinzregententheater in Munich and Aachen Opera House, and important festivals such as the Kurt Weill Festival in Dessau, Carl Orff-Festspiele in Andechs, and A•DEvantgarde festival in Munich. Ms. Lee has performed as soloist with the Sinfonieorchester Aachen, Münchner Symphoniker, Bad Reichenhaller Philharmonie and Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, and her performances have been featured on Concert FM (New Zealand), BR Klassik Radio, ARD Television (Germany), Kulturradio vom rbb and Deutschlandfunk.
An avid chamber musician, Betty Lee has collaborated with members of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bavarian State Orchestra, the Orquestra Simfònica del Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Distinguished artists she has worked with include Agnes Baltsa, Veronika Eberle, Dag Jensen, François Leleux, András Adorján, Andrea Lieberknecht and Ulf Rodenhäuser.
In addition to her performing schedule, Ms. Lee is a passionate advocate for charitable causes, regularly organizing and performing benefits for various organizations. From 2000-2007 she was a member of Live Music Now; founded by Yehudi Menuhin to bring the joy and inspiration of live music to a wider audience, especially those who have limited access to conventional concert venues.
Betty Lee graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree with First Class Honours from the University of Auckland. Studying under Bryan Sayer, she won the New Zealand National Concerto Competition in Christchurch, as well as numerous scholarships and other national awards before embarking on graduate study in Europe. The recipient of a German Academic Exchange (DAAD) Scholarship, Ms. Lee worked with renowned pianists Gerhard Oppitz and Helmut Deutsch at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich, Germany.
Since her graduation with Meisterklassendiplom in solo and Liedgestaltung, Betty Lee joined the faculty at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München in 2000. Currently based in Munich, she is the official pianist for the prestigious ARD International Music Competition, Aeolus International Competition for Wind Instruments and International Theobald Böhm Competition for Flute.