Principal Viola

Serenity Thurlow

(Ngāi Tahu, Ngati Porou)
Serenity began violin at age 5 with the Suzuki Method and viola at 15. At the University of Canterbury, she studied violin and viola with Jan Tawroscewicz and she was part of the inaugural Graduate Ensemble Programme at Victoria University, studying string quartet with the New Zealand String Quartet.
Serenity moved to Austria in 2006 to undertake further study at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. She completed her Masters there with Peter Langgartner and postgraduate studies with Thomas Riebl. She was a prizewinner in the Lionel Tertis viola competition in Salzburg. While in Austria, she was an active chamber and orchestral musician, performing across Europe and the USA with orchestras such as the Salzburg Chamber Soloists, Camerata Salzburg, Deutsche Kammerakadamie Neuss among numerous others. 
In 2010, she returned to Christchurch to take up the position of Principal Violist in the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra while occasionally returning to Europe to perform. In 2012, she was Principal Viola of the Aldeburgh World Orchestra, part of the Britten-Pears Festival, which subsequently toured Europe. 
She has been a regular tutor and performer at the International Akaroa Summer Festival since 2010 and teaches at the University of Canterbury and the Pettman National Junior Academy.
Serenity plays a Derazey viola and Malo bow with the generous support of Christopher Marshall.