Associate Principal Cello

Tomas Hurnik

Tomas Hurnik has a rich musical career performing with Czech symphonies, recording for radio and television, winning various chamber music competitions and taking part in prestigious chamber groups such as Talich Chamber Orchestra.

After graduating with a Masters degree in fine arts in Prague AMU, Tomas accepted the position of second principal cellist with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra in Kuala Lumpur with which he stayed for four years. He then decided to return to Europe to follow his passion for period instrument playing. He began studying baroque cello with R. Zipperling at the University of Frankfurt in 2003. He also joined various period instrument groups such as Musica Florea, Capella Regia Prague and Solamente Naturali with which he performed and toured around Europe. In 2005 he prepared the 2005/2006 concert series with Theodor Kuchar for Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra in Ostrava Czech Republic as the Artistic Advisor.

He is now the associate principal cello in the CSO. Tomas continues to be passionate about period instrument playing.  However, very few such concerts take place in New Zealand. He thus began to organize and perform concerts, workshops and masterclasses of Baroque music. He did a concert tour in 2010 with Edita Keglerova (harpsichord), a concert tour in 2011 playing solo Bach, a concert tour in 2013, “Music for a While”, with D. Mews, P. Becker, S. H. Wilkinson and J. Le Cocq and concerts with the ensemble Baroque Brilliance, a concert tour in 2015’s Trio Sonatas and a workshop with two European renowned musicians, Szabolcs Illes from Hungary and Edita Keglerova from the Czech Republic.