Serenity Thurlow
Serenity began violin at age five with the Suzuki Method and viola at fifteen.

At the University of Canterbury she studied violin and then viola with Jan Tawroscewicz, gaining her Bachelor’s Degree with First Class Honours in 2004. In 2005 she was part of the inaugural Graduate Ensemble Programme at Victoria University, studying string quartet with the New Zealand String Quartet.

With the help of the Patricia Pratt Scholarship, Serenity moved to Austria in 2006 to undertake further study at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. She completed her Masters there with Peter Langgartner and subsequently 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 all over Europe and the United States with orchestras such as the Salzburg Chamber Soloists, Camerata Salzburg, Deutsche Kammerakadamie Neuss, and numerous others.

In 2010 she returned to Christchurch to take up the position of Principal Violist in the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.

Serenity has returned regularly to Europe to perform. In 2010 she was invited to take part in the Aldeburgh Strings project and again in 2011 in the Britten Pears Orchestra as part of the Aldeburgh Festival founded in 1948 by Benjamin Britten. In 2012 she was named Principal Viola of the Aldeburgh World Orchestra and toured Europe with the organization.

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.

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