Festival Artists

Drawing upon major international and Australian ensembles, including the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Lyrebird Trio and each of the major Australian symphony orchestras, our Festival Artists are among Australia's leading musicians.

Berlin-based New Zealander Edward King began to play the cello at the age of three, and is now a graduate of the University of Waikato, the Leopold Mozart Center (Augsburg), and the University of the Arts in Berlin, where he studied under James Tennant, Julius Berger, and Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt respectively. Regularly invited to perform as a chamber musician and as soloist in his home country - including with the New Zealand Symphony, Opus Chamber and Christchurch Symphony Orchestras - Edward also maintains a busy schedule of concerts and festival appearances in Europe and in the UK.

Laureate of the Witold Lutoslawski International Cello Competition and the Markneukirchen International Competition, Edward also won a special prize at the International Penderecki Cello Competition for his interpretation of Penderecki’s Divertimento - presented personally by the renowned composer. Edward is both a prizewinner of the ROSL Music Competition and a recipient of the Pettman/ROSL ARTS International Scholarship. He is grateful for the support of many scholarships and awards which have supported his studies, including the Patricia Pratt Scholarship, Sir Henry Cooper Memorial Scholarship, the Australian Cello Awards, and the Sir Edmund Hillary Medal.

In 2017 he held the position of Associate Principal Cellist in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, based in the Sydney Opera House.