The Pettman Ensemble
The Pettman Ensemble is a flexible touring group of musicians affiliated with the PNJA. The ensemble provides an opportunity for New Zealand’s most talented young musicians to perform alongside musicians of international repute. Most recently the Pettman Ensemble consisted of University Senior Lecturers Stephen de Pledge, pianist and cellist Edith Salzmann, artistic director of the PNJA; Clio Gould, violinist and former concertmaster of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Amalia Hall, violinist and winner of the Pettman / ROSL Chamber Music Scholarship in 2007; Julie Park, violist and recipient of a full scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music, London, in 2018; and Benedict Lim, an outstanding young violinist and member of the PNJA since the age of seven.
In 2017 the success of the Pettman Ensemble was one of the year’s highlights for the PNJA. They toured the United Kingdom, including a performance at the opening concert of the Thursday Lunchtime Concert Series at St. John Smith’s Square, London, which received very positive reviews. The ensemble also performed at the Toll Gavel Church, Beverley, in the University of Glasgow’s Lunchtime Concert Series, with Opera North, and for the Royal Over-Seas League in London. Part of their programme for this tour was featured on the BBC website and also on BBC Radio 3 as part of their InTune series. The resounding success of this tour resulted in Julie Park being offered a hugely-competitive full scholarship to study violin in London, as well as numerous invitations for future tours to the United Kingdom. The Pettman Ensemble provides an opportunity for our talented young musicians to gain the vital experience of performing overseas with internationally-acclaimed artists, and we are excited about how these opportunities will develop over the coming years.