Uwe Grodd is one of New Zealand’s best-known musicians – not only here but internationally.
The German-born New Zealander is a flutist, conductor and prolific recording artist – particularly regarded for his recordings of 18th Century music and the rehabilitation of composers such as Ferdinand Ries, a Beethoven pupil and fine composer in his own right.
Uwe Grodd has won several international awards for his work in 18th century music, including a Cannes Classical Award, Recordings of the Month in Gramophone Magazine and an IRR Outstanding award from International Record Review.
He has a remarkable musical pedigree, having been influenced by Bach specialist Helmuth Rilling in Stuttgart, and studying with renowned composer and flutist Robert Aitken and legendary conductor Sergiu Celibidache.
Up until recently, Uwe Grodd was Professor of flute and conducting at Auckland University’s School of Music, but his position was disestablished in a restructure earlier this year.
Uwe Grodd is currently conductor of Auckland Choral, and also the founding Music Director of the Manukau City Symphony Orchestra.
That orchestra’s turned 25 this year, and on Saturday there’s a celebratory concert entitled “Fireworks”