New Zealand cellist Heather Lewis assumed the role earlier this year

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The Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (CSO) in New Zealand has announced the appointment of Heather Lewis as its new principal cellist.

’We’re thrilled to welcome Heather to Ōtautahi Christchurch as part of our CSO whānau (family)!,’ the orchestra said in a statement.

Lewis received her initial cello education in Wellington from Euan Murdoch and Emma Goodbehere. She earned her Bachelor of Music at the New Zealand School of Music (NZSM) and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, studying with Umberto Clerici, between the years of 2012 and 2015.  At both institutions she also studied and performed as a baroque cellist.

At the age of 16, she travelled to Europe for academies, summer schools and private cello tuition, where she learnt from Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Claudio Bohorquez and Philippe Muller. She also enjoyed masterclasses and individual lessons from Steven Isserlis, Gautier Capuçon, Lynn Harrell, and Nicolas Altstaedt.

She was the winner of the 2013 NZSM Concerto Competition and a finalist for the 2015 Sydney Conservatorium Concerto Competition. The following year she was awarded Second Place and Audience Choice at the New Zealand National Concerto Competition.

Lewis takes up the role having served as a contract cellist for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

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