LINKWOOD GUITAR DUO
NZGQ members Jane Curry and Owen Moriarty have been performing as a duo since 2001. Their most recent creative collaboration has been a 2019 CD release featuring several world premiere recordings of music for two guitars by New Zealand composers John Psathas, Jack Body and Anthony Ritchie (NAXOS 8.579041).
Born in the UK and now based in New Zealand, Jane balances concert engagements with the coordination of the classical guitar programme at Victoria University, Wellington New Zealand. Concerto engagements include performances with Orkiestra Ars Longa (Poland), the Salaya Chamber Orchestra (Thailand), the Arioso Ensemble (Malaysia), the Capital Concert Orchestra (Canberra) and with national orchestras throughout New Zealand. Chamber music collaborations include the New Zealand Guitar Quartet (NZGQ) and Archi d’Amore Zelanda. The NZGQ is one of the most active quartets in Australasia, with recent concerts at Peking University, Beihang University (Beijing), Pinacoteca University (Mexico), the NZGQ also featured at the Guitar Foundation of America Convention (Louisville, Kentucky). Archi D’Amore Zelanda, with Donald Maurice (viola d’amore), has performed in Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Poland and throughout New Zealand. Jane has recorded six CD’s including a disc of Vivaldi and Graupner concertos with Archi D’Amore Zelanda and Orkiestra Ars Longa (Poland). She completed a MMus and DMA with Professor Thomas Patterson (University of Arizona). Her teachers include Katya Skandera, Matthew Marshall, Gunter Herbig, Scott Tennant, David Russell and Sergio and Odair Assad, (Russell and Assad hold artist residencies at the University of Arizona).
A sought after chamber musician, Owen regularly tours with Arts on Tour and Chamber Music New Zealand as a member of the New Zealand Guitar Quartet, Duo Tapas (violin and guitar) and the Wellington Guitar Duo. He has given concerto performances with the National Capital Orchestra (Canberra), the Nelson Symphony Orchestra, the Devonport Chamber Orchestra and the Dunedin Symphony. Owen has released five CD’s - a self-titled debut (double) CD, "Da Chara" and "Incantation" (Duo Tapas), "The Storm" (Ode Records) and “The Passing of a Black Star” (Rattle Records) (New Zealand Guitar Quartet). He completed a MMus from Massey University (New Zealand) before continuing his studies at the University of Southern California (USA) with Jim Smith, Scott Tennant and Bill Kanengiser. During his time in the USA he also studied with Brian Head, Martha Masters, and Pepe Romero and participated in master classes with guitar luminaries Odair and Sergio Assad and Grammy winning guitarist David Russell. Prize winner in competitions including the Rotorua Concerto Competition, the Gisborne International Music Competition, the ASTA/Green Competition (California), the Bangkok International Guitar Competition, and the Ivor Mairants Guitar Competition (London), Owen has performed throughout New Zealand, and in Australia, USA, Portugal, Mexico, Thailand, Spain, China, and the United Kingdom.