Edward King is fast establishing himself as one of the foremost young cellists to emerge from Australasia. He has performed extensively throughout his home country and abroad, making solo appearances with the New Zealand Symphony, Christchurch Symphony, Polish National Philharmonic, and Vogtland Philharmonic orchestras, among others. He has also performed solo and chamber music recitals at festivals such as the Bad Berleburg Schlosskonzerte, Edinburgh Fringe, Asiago, and the Eckelhausener Musiktage. A versatile musician, Edward has been lauded for his musical interpretations ranging from authentic performances of Bach solos to premières and collaborations with contemporary composers such as Johannes X. Schachtner, Markus Schmitt, Martin Lodge, and Michael Williams.
A laureate of several prestigious competitions, Edward won the 3rd Prize and a special Lutosławski Prize at the Witold Lutosławski International Cello Competition, 3rd Prize Ex Aequo at the International Cello Competition in Markneukirchen, and 1st Prize at the New Zealand National Concerto Competition. At the International Penderecki Cello Competition, Edward was presented with a prize by Penderecki himself for his interpretation of Penderecki's Divertimento.
Edward is a graduate of the University of Waikato, New Zealand, where he studied under James Tennant; and the Leopold Mozart Centre in Augsburg, where he studied with Julius Berger. He is currently undertaking a Master of Solo Performance with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. Additional artistic inspiration has come through masterclasses with cellists such as Franz Helmerson, Jens Peter Maintz, Philippe Muller, Steven Isserlis, and Ralph Kirshbaum. Edward is grateful for the scholarships and prizes that have supported his studies, including the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, the Patricia Pratt Scholarship, the Sir Henry Cooper Memorial Scholarship, Creative New Zealand, the Australian Cello Awards, and the Sir Edmund Hillary Medal.
Schubert, Arpeggione Sonata
Walton, Cello Concerto
Piatti, Caprice No.7
Bach, Suite No.6, Prelude
Ginastera, Pampeana No.2
Bach, Suite No.6, Gigue