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Ms Tessa Petersen

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William Evans Senior Lecturer in Violin
MusB(Hons) (Otago) Postgraduate Diploma RCM(UK)
Joined the staff in 2008

Tel +64 3 479 8382
Email tessa.petersen@otago.ac.nz

Tessa has a broad career as a performer both internationally (mostly in the UK and USA) and within New Zealand: soloist, recitalist (piano/violin duo), chamber and orchestral musician, and Concertmaster. She has commissioned, recorded and premièred many new works by New Zealand composers involving violin, as well as recording soundtracks required for film and contemporary bands. She features on recordings for the Ode and Rattle CD labels in New Zealand.

Tessa’s students have gone onto further study and performance/teaching internationally (Malaysia, Sydney, Spain, UK), as well as teaching and working in orchestras, chamber ensembles and bands in New Zealand.

Teaching

Postgraduate student supervision

  • Master of Arts (MA) in performance violin
  • Co-supervisor for Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Musical and community activities

  • Concertmaster of the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra
  • Guest Concertmaster of the St Matthews Chamber Orchestra, Auckland
  • National Examiner for New Zealand Music Examinations Board (NZMEB)
  • Past examiner for the National Concerto Competition and Chamber Music NZ Chamber music competition

Creative output

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Publications

Petersen, T., & Van Buskirk, J. (2012). Release: The Mozart Fellowship by La Belle Alliance [CD-ROM]. Auckland, New Zealand: Ode Records. [Film/Digital Recording/CD-Rom].

Petersen, T. (violin), & van Buskirk, J. (piano) (2011, 29-30 July). La Belle Alliance: Legacy of Liszt, Mohawk Trail Concerts 42nd Summer Festival, Federated Church, Charlemont, Massachusetts.

Petersen, T. (violin), & Du Plessis, H. (cello) (2011, 2 April). Double Virtuosity!: Brahms Double Concerto for Violin and Cello, Southern Sinfonia, Dunedin Town Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Petersen, T. (violin), & van Buskirk, J. (piano) (2011, 9 April). La Belle Alliance: Works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Ritchie, Pruden, Ma Sicong & Kreisler, Tauranga Musica Concert Series, Otumoetai College, Bellevue, New Zealand.

Petersen, T. (violin), & Du Plessis, H. (cello) (2010, 30 May). Alexa Still in Concert with the Hawkes Bay Orchestra, Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Strings by Anthony Ritchie, St Matthews Church, Hastings, New Zealand.

Petersen, T., & Van Buskirk, J. (2012). Release: The Mozart Fellowship by La Belle Alliance [CD-ROM]. Auckland, New Zealand: Ode Records. [Film/Digital Recording/CD-Rom].

Film/Video/CD Rom

Petersen, T. (violin), & van Buskirk, J. (piano) (2011, 29-30 July). La Belle Alliance: Legacy of Liszt, Mohawk Trail Concerts 42nd Summer Festival, Federated Church, Charlemont, Massachusetts.

Performance

Petersen, T. (violin), & Du Plessis, H. (cello) (2011, 2 April). Double Virtuosity!: Brahms Double Concerto for Violin and Cello, Southern Sinfonia, Dunedin Town Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Performance

Petersen, T. (violin), & van Buskirk, J. (piano) (2011, 9 April). La Belle Alliance: Works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Ritchie, Pruden, Ma Sicong & Kreisler, Tauranga Musica Concert Series, Otumoetai College, Bellevue, New Zealand.

Performance

Petersen, T. (violin), & Du Plessis, H. (cello) (2010, 30 May). Alexa Still in Concert with the Hawkes Bay Orchestra, Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Strings by Anthony Ritchie, St Matthews Church, Hastings, New Zealand.

Performance

Petersen, T. (violin), Du Plessis, H. (cello), & Dennis, T. (piano) (2011, 25 May). Department of Music Showcase Series: TriOtago plays Debussy: Sonata for Cello and Piano (1915) & Piano Trio in G (1880), Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Performance

Idrus, F. (flute), Petersen, T. (violin), Van Buskirk, J. (piano), Buchanan, D. (engineer), Adams, P. (clarinet), Ellis, R. (conductor, editing, mixing), & Petersen, A. (cello) (2012). Promise & Promiscuity: A new musical by Jane Austen and Penny Ashton. Dunedin, New Zealand: Albany Street Studios, University of Otago. [Film/Digital Recording/CD-Rom].

Film/Video/CD Rom

Petersen, T. (violin), & van Buskirk, J. (piano) (2011, 10 April). La Belle Alliance: Works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Ritchie, Ma Sicong & Kreisler, presented by the South Waikato Music Society, The Plaza, Putaruru, New Zealand.

Performance

Petersen, T. (violin), Du Plessis, H. (cello), & van Buskirk, J. (piano) (2010, 28 May). Alexa Still and Friends Chamber Music Recital: Works by Mozart, Martinu and Ibert, St Matthews Church, Hastings, New Zealand.

Performance

Ritchie, A. (conductor), Petersen, T. (violin), & Adams, P. (clarinet) (2010, 25 August). Department of Music Showcase Series: The Soldier's Tale, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Performance

Petersen, T. (concertmaster & violin) (2010, 5-11 November). The Gondoliers or The King of Barataria, presented by the Really Authentic Gilbert & Sullivan Performance Trust with the Southern Sinfonia, Mayfair Theatre, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Performance

Dennis, T. (piano), Petersen, T. (violin), & Du Plessis, H. (cello) (2010, 28 November). TriOtago: Inaugural Concert, playing Beethoven and Brahms, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Performance

Petersen, T. (orchestra director) (2008, 1 October). Department of Music Showcase Series: Works for String Orchestra, Solo Piano and Solo Cello, with performance students, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Performance

Petersen, T. (violin), & Van Buskirk, J. (piano) (2008, 20 September). Oriental Phantasy: A Concert to Celebrate the Opening of the Chinese Gardens, presented by La Belle Alliance, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Performance

Petersen, T. (violin), Walton, M. (clarinet, saxophone), & Van Buskirk, J. (piano) (2015, 2 May). Menagerie South, presented by Waimakariri Community Arts Council and Chamber Music New Zealand, Chamber Gallery, Rangiora, New Zealand. [Performance].

Performance

Neale, E. (performer), Petersen, T. (violin), & Dennis, T. (piano) (2015, 8 May). Salutes to Seven Poets by Douglas Lilburn, at the Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival, St Paul's Cathedral, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Performance

Mayall, J. (composer, electronics), Petersen, T. (violin), Egenes, J. (pedal steel), & Burns, R. (bass) (2014, 29 November). Flutter (world première), presented by the University of Otago Mozart Fellow and the Otago Museum, Otago Museum Tropical Forest, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Performance

Ryan, R. (soprano), Petersen, T. (violin), & Van Buskirk, J. (piano) (2014, 13 July). Nelson Winter Music Festival: La Belle Alliance: Traditional & Contemporary Music (13 July), in association with Chamber Music New Zealand, Old St John's Church, Nelson, New Zealand. [Performance].

Performance

Petersen, T. (violin, ensemble leader), & Roberts, M. (set designer, lighting designer) (2014, 10, 12, 14 & 16 October). This Other Eden (world première) (10, 12, 14 & 16 October), by Anthony Ritchie (composer) and Michelanne Forster (libretto), with Opera Otago, Westpac Mayfair Theatre, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Performance

Petersen, T. (violin), & van Buskirk, J. (piano) (2013, 23 June). La Belle Alliance Recital, presented by Tauranga Musica, Exhibition Hall, Baycourt, Tauranga, New Zealand. [Performance].

Performance

Petersen, T. (violin), & Van Buskirk, J. (piano) (2012, 13 September). Concert du Quintette “Ensemble des Antipodes”: Works by Schubert, Ritchie, Marshall & Pruden, with Mark Oremland (viola), Lloyd Williams (double bass) and Andrea Mundy (cello), à la Résidence 9, rue Léonard de Vinci, Paris, France. [Performance].

Performance

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