Edward King


Edward King, cellist, is well known to New Zealand audiences, having played concertos with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Opus Chamber, and the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra among others – as well as touring throughout the country for Chamber Music New Zealand. A graduate - and Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar - of the University of Waikato, he won 1st prize at the 43rd National Concerto Competition; and 3rd prize at the 19th Gisborne International Music Competition whilst studying under James Tennant. In addition to his competition successes, Edward was a contract player for the New Zealand Symphony and Auckland Philharmonic Orchestras; and also principal cellist of the National Youth Orchestra for three seasons.

As part of the Leonari Trio, recipients of the ROSL Arts/Pettman International Scholarship for a NZ Chamber ensemble, Edward toured the UK playing concerts at venues such as St-Martin-in-the-fields and St. James Piccadilly, as well as at the Budleigh Salterton Summer Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Now, as a student of Julius Berger at the Leopold Mozart Centre in Augsburg, Edward has performed in 10 countries, winning the 2nd prize in the string section of the 10th Concorso Internazionale di Esecuzione Musicale “Premio Citta’ di Padova”, and the joint 1st prize at the Johann Andreas Stein-Wettbewerb. He was a semi-finalist at the Antonio Janigro International Cello Competition in Zagreb (2012). In February 2013, Edward gained a 3rd place in the prestigious the Lutoslawski International Cello Competition in Warsaw, where he also received a special performance prize.

In addition to his studies, artistic inspiration has come through the masterclasses of world-renowned musicians such as Franz Helmerson, Philippe Muller, Ralph Kirshbaum, Gautier Capuçon, Gyögy Pauk, Lluís Claret, and Benjamin Zander.

Edward’s postgraduate studies abroad are supported by generous grants from the Patricia Pratt Scholarship in Musical Performance and the Sir Henry Cooper Memorial Scholarship.