Kia Ora Foundation
Kia Ora Foundation was founded in 1997. Its primary goal is to enable post-graduate study in musical performance while its secondary purpose is to assist in education in applied sciences. The Patricia Pratt Scholarship is named after Ms. Campbell-White’s mother, a talented pianist who had hoped as a young woman to become a physician, but was prevented from doing so by the exigencies imposed on New Zealand by the Second World War. The Charles Campbell-White Scholarship is named after Ms. Campbell-White’s father, who, after serving as a fighter pilot for the RAF and RNZAF in the Second World War, studied Mining and Metallurgical Engineering at the University of Otago in Dunedin. These two people believed that education is the key that unlocks the future, and it is to honour this conviction and to honour Charles and Patricia Campbell-White that Kia Ora Foundation and these Scholarships exist.

In addition to the Scholarships, the Foundation funds special projects, which support activities involving New Zealand artists. Such projects range internationally regarding appearing in musical performance or in undertaking further study not specifically related to an academic institution.

Patricia Pratt Scholarship—For post-graduate study in musical performance at an internationally recognised academy. Awarded annually, applications should be made in March through Te Pokai Tara - Universities New Zealand (TPTUNZ), which administers the Scholarship. Renewable for up to two years’ post-graduate study at an international academy.

Campbell-White Scholarship—Purposed for undergraduate study in Applied Sciences at University of Otago. Awarded annually, applications should be made in March through University of Otago.

Special Grants and Awards—These are awarded by the Trustees and have ranged from support of New Zealand artists appearing in internationally staged opera productions through to special grants for study and master class projects such as the Pacific Opera Programme in Christchurch in 2011.

Kia Ora Foundation Board of Trustees

Ms. Annette J. Campbell-White
Ms. Campbell-White established the Kia Ora Foundation in 1997 to assist New Zealand students in post-graduate study in the fields of musical performance, science and engineering.

She has been since 1986 the Managing Partner of MedVenture Associates I to V, which are venture partnerships investing primarily in early stage businesses in the health care field. Previous experience in investment banking concerned chiefly positions as securities analyst and General Partner of Hambrecht & Quist, an investment banking firm in San Francisco. Ms. Campbell-White has a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering and M.S. degree, both from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of a number of privately held companies. Ms. Campbell-White participates on the Boards of several performing arts associations, including serving as Director of the San Francisco Opera Association and of Cal Performances, a major presenter of the performing arts at the University of California, Berkeley.
Matías Tarnopolsky
Matías Tarnopolsky became Director of Cal Performances in August 2009. He served previously as Vice-President, Artistic Planning, at the New York Philharmonic, where he was instrumental in creating the inaugural season of incoming Music Director Alan Gilbert. From 1999 to 2006, Mr. Tarnopolsky was Director of Programming, and later, Senior Director of Artistic Planning, at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO), where he worked closely with Music Director Daniel Barenboim and was responsible for Symphony Center Presents, the CSO’s prominent presenting series.

He also created the CSO’s new music series, MusicNOW; brought the West-Eastern Divan Workshop and Orchestra to Chicago; spearheaded collaborative projects with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Northwestern University and University of Chicago, among others; programmed the CSO’s training orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and led the artistic planning of the CSO’s education and community programs.

Mr. Tarnopolsky previously worked at BBC Radio 3 and the BBC Symphony Orchestra as a producer, and has written extensively about music, including material for liner notes, program notes and articles for magazines and other publications. He received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music and musicology, respectively, from King’s College, University of London.
Mr. David Bremner
David Bremner was appointed Principal Trombone of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in 2002. Prior to this appointment he was Principal Trombone of the Auckland Philharmonia.

Born in New Plymouth, David is a past winner of the Junior and Open Champion of Champions’ Solo competition at the New Zealand Brass Band National Contest, and was a member of the 2003 and 2005 National Band of New Zealand. He was awarded third place in the New Zealand Young Musicians Competition, performing two concertos with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and was a finalist in the Gisborne Concerto Competition.

He has a Bachelor of Music degree with First Class Honors from Victoria University (1994-97), studying with Marc Taddei and a Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (1998-00), studying with Mark Lawrence.

He was awarded the Patricia Pratt Scholarship to study in the United States, and while there he won the Shenson Young Musicians Competition and performed as soloist with the San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra. David was the guest soloist with the National Youth Brass Band of New Zealand on their tour of the United Kingdom and United States in April 2003.

He has performed with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Bay Brass Ensemble, and recorded with Crowded House. David is a founding member of Bonanza Trombone Quartet and New Zealand Brass, and performs regularly with Stroma. David is an Artist Teacher at Victoria University and is also Director of Education for Brass Bands New Zealand.
Dr. Ruediger Naumann Etienne
Dr. Naumann is the owner and Managing Director of Intertec Group, an investment company specializing in the medical technology field. Intertec Group has supported implementation of new growth strategies for companies such as Iridex, Ellex Medical Lasers, Encision, Quinton Cardiology, OEC Medical Systems, Laserscope and Diasonics.

From 2001 to 2010, Dr. Naumann was Chairman of the Board of Cardiac Science and Quinton Cardiology, one of its predecessor companies. From 1993 to 1999, he was the Chairman of the Board of Salt Lake City-based OEC Medical Systems. From 1995 to 1997, he was also Chief Executive and President of the company. OEC was sold to General Electric in 1999. From 1987 to 1990, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of Diasonics. From 1984 to 1987, he worked for Hambrecht & Quist, a San Francisco-based investment bank.

Dr. Naumann is a director of Varian Medical Systems, Iridex and Encision. He is also a trustee of the World Affairs Council of Northern California.

Dr. Naumann holds a Ph.D. in International Finance from the University of Michigan, a Master’s degree in Industrial Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology and did undergraduate studies in business administration at the Technical University in Berlin, Germany.
Ms. Sarah Billinghurst
Sarah Billinghurst is the Assistant Manager, Artistic of the Metropolitan Opera. Her career in opera administration started at the San Francisco Opera in 1972, when she became the assistant to the Artistic Administrator. In 1982 she was named Artistic Administrator, and in addition to her duties in that position, she undertook numerous special projects including co-productions with the Kirov Opera, producing concerts, recitals and special presentations sponsored by the San Francisco Opera.

Sarah moved to the Metropolitan Opera on August 1, 1994 and reports directly to General Manager, Peter Gelb and Artistic Director, James Levine. She is responsible for the running of the artistic departments, presentations, media, recording and touring. The artistic department is responsible for casting, conductors and new productions. As head of the media department, Sarah oversees the radio and television broadcasts and is involved in the current efforts to preserve past broadcasts. She also organizes the Kirov Festivals at the Metropolitan Opera, which have presented the Kirov Opera and the Kirov Ballet.

Sarah has also organized all the tours of the Metropolitan Opera in Japan and the MET Orchestra in Europe, within the United States and the season at Carnegie Hall. The special events she has organized include the James Levine 25th Anniversary Gala, Pension Fund concerts, New Year’s Eve celebrations at the Met and the anniversary celebrations of celebrated artists such as Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti.

Sarah Billinghurst was born in Wanganui, New Zealand and graduated from Victoria University with a degree in political science. She is the mother of a son, Alexander and a daughter, Rebecca.
Mr. Jonathan Lemalu
A New Zealand-born Samoan, Jonathan Lemalu graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Otago, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Advanced Opera (distinction) from the Royal College of Music, London, in 2002—winning the Gold Medal. Recent engagements include concert and opera performances with the London Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony and Academy of Ancient Music, under conductors such as Simon Rattle, Bernard Haitink, Sir Colin Davis, Andrew Davis, Zubin Mehta, Antonio Pappano, Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Charles MacKerras, Charles Dutoit, Vladimir Jurowski, Mark Elder and James Conlon.

Opera roles include title roles in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Handel’s Saul. Other roles include Papageno in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Leporello and Masetto in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Nettuno in Mozart’s Idomeneo, Samuel in Handel’s Saul, Jack Wallace in Puccini’s La fanciulla del West, Bartolo and Antonio in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Bartolo and Basilio in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, Colline in Puccini’s La bohème, Argante in Handel’s Rinaldo and Bottom in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Jonathan has worked at English National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, The Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Opera Australia, Bayersiche Staatsoper in Munich, The Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

As a recitalist, Jonathan has sung throughout Europe, Canada, North America and Australasia, including the Edinburgh, Tanglewood, Ravinia, Schubertiade and Munich Festivals and the Wigmore Hall in London and Carnegie Hall in New York. An exclusive EMI recording artist, his debut recital disc won the 2002 Gramophone Magazine Debut Artist of the Year.
Mr. Ara Guzelimian
Ara Guzelimian is Provost and Dean of the Juilliard School in New York City having been appointed to the post in August 2006. At Juilliard, he works closely with the President in overseeing the faculty, curriculum and artistic planning of the distinguished performing arts conservatory in all three of its divisions—dance, drama and music.

Prior to the Juilliard appointment, he was Senior Director and Artistic Advisor of Carnegie Hall from 1998 to 2006; in that post, he oversaw the artistic planning and programming for the opening of Zankel Hall in 2003. He was also host and producer of the acclaimed ‘Making Music’ composer series at Carnegie Hall from 1999 to 2008. In addition, he has given lectures at the invitation of the Metropolitan Opera, the Salzburg Easter Festival, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Chicago Symphony, the National Center for the Performing Arts in Taipei and the Jerusalem Music Center, where he was on the faculty of the 2000 International Chamber Music Encounter, led by Isaac Stern. He has also been heard both on the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts and, as a guest host, on public radio’s Saint Paul Sunday.

Previously, Ara Guzelimian was the Artistic Administrator of the Aspen Music Festival and School in Colorado from 1993 to 1998. In addition, he was Artistic Director of the Ojai Festival in California from 1992 to 1997. He was associated with the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 1978 to 1993—first as producer for the Orchestra’s national radio broadcasts and, subsequently, as Artistic Administrator—where he founded and edited the orchestra’s monthly publication for subscribers and helped to create its highly popular series of pre-concert lectures.

As a writer and music critic, he has contributed to such publications as Musical America, Opera Quarterly, Opera News, Symphony magazine, The New York Times, the Record Geijutsu magazine (Tokyo), the program books of the Salzburg and the Helsinki Festivals and the journal for the IRCAM center in Paris. Mr. Guzelimian is editor of Parallels and Paradoxes: Explorations in Music and Society (Pantheon Books, 2002), a collection of dialogues between Daniel Barenboim and Edward Said. His performing edition of Mendelssohn’s incidental music to Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream has been performed by the Chicago, Boston and London Symphony orchestras, conducted by Bernard Haitink. In September 2003, Mr. Guzelimian was awarded the title Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French government for his contributions to French music and culture.
Carmel Walsh O'Neill
Carmel Walsh O'Neill has practised as a barrister and solicitor, foreign registered counsel and solicitor advocate in New Zealand, Hong Kong and London. In London she specialized in large-scale international litigation and arbitration in the reinsurance/international risk and accountancy sectors. She co-authored a leading text on reinsurance, was secretary to the Negligence and Damages Committee of the International Bar Association and presenter at various industry conferences. In London in 2005 she was appointed to the partnership of an international law firm.

Carmel has a long and keen interest in the arts, opera in particular, and regularly attends opera performances and festivals worldwide. She is married to Wagnerian tenor Simon O'Neill and assists Simon in the management of the various legal and business issues arising from his international career.

Carmel divides her time between London and New Zealand where she and Simon raise their three children.