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Since its formation in 1987, the group's dynamic style and vivid interpretations have won the hearts of audiences on four continents, filling an ever expanding international schedule with tours to North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. 

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Diedre Irons was born in Winnipeg, Canada. A child prodigy, she played the Schumann Concerto with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra at age 12 and made her official debut with that orchestra at age eighteen. She studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia with Rudolf Serkin, joining the faculty following her graduation and teaching there for the next seven years, meanwhile touring Canada and the United States as a soloist and as a chamber music player. 

In 1977 she moved to New Zealand where she has made numerous appearances with the major orchestras, toured many times under the auspices of Chamber Music NZ, appeared regularly on Radio and Television New Zealand, and travelled globally, playing concerts in 25 countries through IDRIART, an international organization engaged in the production of intercultural festivals. 

Her awards include an MBE for services to music in 1989, an OMZM in 2011, and a Doctorate of Music (honoris causa), in 2007 from Manitoba’s Brandon University ‘in recognition of outstanding contributions in the world of music through superlative achievement as a talented, dedicated and passionate pianist’. 

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Feldenkrais Method Instructor

Students of the Adam Summer School will benefit from expert instruction on the Feldenkrais Method by Elke Dunlop (MNZFG Dip IYTA).

Elke Dunlop's involvement in movement education spans more than 25 years and includes teaching at Toi Whakaari (NZ Drama School) and the NZ School of Music for many years.  She has a busy private Feldenkrais clinic in Wellington and has been working with members of the NZSQ since 2002.

The Feldenkrais Method of "Awareness through Movement" allows people from all walks of life to fine tune the most sophisticated "instrument" - themselves. 

Some of the themes explored will be:

  • Prevention of overuse through the aid of self help

  • Discovery of new options of movements and therefore expanding self image

  • Reducing aches, pains and stress

  • Improving inner communication 

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