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Andrew Beer and Sarah Watkins

Andrew Beer and Sarah Watkins

Winners of the 2020 Aotearoa Music Awards Classical Artists of the Year

Canadian-born violinist Andrew Beer has been described as a "musical gift" (NY Times) with a "glorious string tone" (Strad magazine). Having performed extensively throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australasia as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader, Andrew has served as Concertmaster of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra since 2014.

Sarah is perhaps best known as one of the original members of NZTrio though enjoys a wide variety of collaborations with musicians all over Aotearoa. She has been an official pianist for the Michael Hill International Violin Competition since its inception in 2001 and the Gisborne International Music Competition since 2008, and regularly appears as a freelance player in the APO.
A graduate of the University of Canterbury (NZ), Sarah went on to earn both MM and DMA degrees from the Juilliard School (NY). She maintains an active private teaching practice and is on staff at the University of Auckland.

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