Meet the CSO

Recognised nationally, and celebrated locally, for the depth of its work, the CSO believes that music can enrich lives in different ways and aims to share these experiences with as many people as possible through providing a wide range of ways in which our audiences can discover, encounter, and enjoy great musical experiences.

The orchestra contributes to the cultural diversity of the community through a full and varied concert season, as the orchestra of choice for many touring artists and other arts organisations, including the Royal New Zealand Ballet, and through its extensive Community Engagement programme, including school residencies, collaborations with other organisations such as Jolt Dance, library and retirement village performances, and at civic events.

In 2016 and 2019, the CSO received a Highly-Commended certificates in the Arts Access Awards for their collaboration with Christchurch dance company Jolt. The orchestra was also twice a finalist in the New York Festival Radio awards, along with Radio New Zealand, and, in 2020, won the gold award for the live broadcast of the CSO’s 2019 opening Lamb & Hayward Masterworks concert, Phoenix.

Orchestra

VIOLIN 1

Gretchen Anderson

Susan Endres

Jennie Goldstein

Amandine Guerin

Cathy Irons

Rakuto Kurano

Anne Lardner

Natalia Lomeiko

Karla Norton

Claire Shatford

Jonathan Tanner


VIOLIN 2

Milana Kornienko — Associate Principal

Gina Crawford

Cornelia Didenco

Bistra Dimitrova

Nicola Fogden-Smith

Pamela Hooper

Rebecca McCartney

Julie Pettitt

Juno Pyun

Isaac Shatford

Iryna Ionenko— Principal Violin 2 Emeritus


VIOLA

Serenity Thurlow— Principal

Sharon Baylis — Associate Principal

Iselta Allison

Ian Bolton

Kerrin Brizzell

Elizabeth Charters

Beth Goodwin

Philippa Lodge

Valeriy Maksymov

Andrew Metaxas

Pippa Mills

Sandra Radford

CELLO

Galyna Zelinska — Principal

Jane Brown

Naomi Hnat

Tomas Hurnik

Jay Lee

Maggie Ma

Syliva Nissen

Caroline Turner

DOUBLE BASS

Ross Radford — Associate Principal

Yuri Lomeiko

Toni St Clair

Helen Stevenson

Michael Story

Viktor Filippochkin — Principal Emeritus



FLUTE

Hannah Darroch — Principal

Margo Askin — Associate Principal

Anthony Ferner — Principal Emeritus



OBOE

Jennifer Johnson — Principal

Ashleigh Mowbray — Associate Principal

Susan McKeich

CLARINET

David McGregor — Principal

Jonathan Prior — Associate Principal

John Robinson



BASSOON

Selena Orwin — Principal

Julie Link — Associate Principal

Melanie Chua

HORN

Emma Eden — Principal

Antonio Dimitrov

Alexander Morton

Bernard Shapiro

Julian Weir



TRUMPET

Thomas Eves — Principal

Slade Hocking — Associate Principal

Barrett Hocking

Cameron Pearce


TROMBONE

Karl Margevka — Principal

Scott Taitoko

BASS TROMBONE

Pablo Ruiz Henao — Principal



TUBA

Nigel Seaton

Philip Johnston

TIMPANI

Mark La Roche — Principal



PERCUSSION

Brett Painter — Principal

Roanna Funcke — Associate Principal

Jeremy Thin — Sub Principal

Vicki King

Robert Petch

HARP

Helen Webby — Principal

PIANO AND KEYBOARDS

Hamish Oliver

CSO Chorus

CSO Chorus

Soprano

Josie Yau

Donna Alley

Jenna Baxter

Shannon-Aimee Bradley

Heather Brown

Erin Callanan

Isabel Carlyon

Katherine Doig

Rachel Doig

Elizabeth Ellison

Holly Evans

Deirdre Fell

Catherine Gerslov-Wright

Sarah Grondona

Sam Hickford

Vivien Hicks

Margot Holcroft

Tara Jones

Jeehee Kim

Andrea Koorey

Olivia Leonard

Tara Martin

Bella Moolenaar

Leanne O'Mahony

Rachel Palmer

Shannon Peck

Ana Pereira

Sarah Pownall

Amelia Ryman

Amelia Schiavuzzi

Emily Scott

Eleanor Sim

Gillian van Voorthuizen

Lyn Wain

Hannah Wheeler

Matilda Wickbom

Caitlin Wright

Alto

Julia Baars

Sally Blake

Pip Boleyn

Elizabeth Braggins

Jo Casey

Laura Caygill

Jessie Chu

Meghan Dunn

Chloe Ellis

Georgia Finch

Julie Gaudin

Janet Geddes

Steph Gilks

Jillian Hewson

Leonie Jackson

Nina Koele

Francesca Lee

Hannah Mason

Emily McCulloch

Rosamund McDonald

Elizabeth Moolenaar

Kaori Omura

Fran Paget

Lesley Parker

Louisa Pilkington

Tamzin Roe

Michelle Ruske-Anderson

Kelly Stanton

Emma Suzana

Katie Symons

Karyn Taylor-Moore

Joy Trimmer

Karen Twenion-Smith

Ella Wallace

Olivia Wilson

Sarah Wilson-Coutts

Caitlin Wright

Tenor

Stephen Belkin

Dann Bublik

Julian Chu-Tan

Ed Dempsey

Mike Donaldson

Jason Eager

Steve French

Andy Fu

Matt Halverson

Will Harris

Peter Hewson

Paul Hobbs

Andrew Jefferies

Stanislav Klevtsov

Will Lynch

Quinn Mannix

Thomas McCabe

Blair McHugh

James-Paul Mountstevens

Chris Symon

Bass

Zachary Chyr

Maurice Barnes

Michael Bayly

John Bayne

Liam Braithwaite

Harry Burt

Reuben Casey

Nicolas Davey

Benjamin Davey

Martin Dixon

Kieran Elms

Antonios Eskander

Bob Gaudin

Rory Humm

Gavin Hurley

Ben Johnson

Trevor Jones

Kieran King

Malcolm Leitch

Ian Lester

Nigel Mahoney

Malcolm McCulloch

Mike McLeod

Nathan Mehrtens

Adam Moore

Shane Morrow

Ben Olijkan

Dann Olykan

Sam Quirk

Alex Robinson

Nicholas Ryan

Douglas Shields

Liam Tyrrell

Kane Xie

Christopher Zhu

Board

Administration

Board

Rénee Walker 
Chair
James Baines
Steve Clarke
Vanessa Doig
Claire Evans

Kathy Meads
Dame Adrienne Stewart

Advisor

Administration

Gretchen La Roche
Chief Executive Officer
Paul Christ
Chief Operating Officer
Kerry Dellaca
Finance Manager
Clare De Courcy
Artistic Administration Assistant
Jenny Johnson

Librarian
Scott Spensley
Production Supervisor
Michelle Walsh
Head of Marketing & Development
Francesca Lee
Marketing & Communications Co-ordinator
Rosamund McDonald
Sponsorship Executive
Thomas Hamill
Head of Community Engagement
Selena Orwin
Community Engagement Assistant