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Monday, September 10, 2012

RNZB Announces Music Director

RNZB are delighted to announce that following an extensive search process, respected ballet conductor Nigel Gaynor has been appointed to the position of Music Director for the Royal New Zealand Ballet.

Royal New Zealand Ballet is delighted to announce that following an extensive search process, respected ballet conductor Nigel Gaynor has been appointed to the position of Music Director for the Royal New Zealand Ballet.

Nigel has enjoyed an international career as a specialist conductor for ballet and is also a highly accomplished ballet accompanist.  Nigel is originally from Australia and worked with The Australian Ballet for 15 years.  For the past decade he has been based in the United Kingdom and has worked extensively with Northern Ballet, English National Ballet and The Royal Ballet. 

In 2011, Nigel was engaged by the Royal New Zealand Ballet for The Meridian Season of The Sleeping Beauty.

"Nigel Gaynor is a fine ballet conductor, reading the dancers not the score, and their resulting musical phrasing of movement is deeply satisfying"- Jennifer Shennan, Dominion Post

Nigel will take up this role from 1 January 2013.  This appointment represents an exciting new era for the RNZB music department and we very much look forward to welcoming Nigel to New Zealand.