Aorangi Symphony Orchestra

In concert, award-winning Conductor Sarah Bisley Schneider has directed the State Opera Burgas in Bulgaria (“La Traviata”, October 2018), the Savaria Symphony Orchestra of Szombathély Hungary, Mariahilfer Oper in Vienna, the orchestra of L'Opéra de Massy in Paris, the State Hermitage Orchestra of St Petersburg, Ensemble Polymnia in Austria, France and New Zealand, the Aorangi Singers, the Nelson Symphony Orchestra and Opera Waikato.

In 2017 she received the prestigious “Pro Cultura Hungarica” prize from the government of Hungary at a ceremony in Budapest. A rare distinction, this prize honours artists for excellence in their promotion of Hungarian culture – and was granted to a Conductor for the first time ever in the Southern Hemisphere. 

[Click on the "acceptance speech" photo for the New Zealand Herald´s article of 16 August 2017]

 A highlight of her activity in the Paris and Versailles region was a “Concert Exceptionnel” in 2004 with Ensemble Polymnia, featuring the sensational World Première of the CPE Bach “Flute Concerto in D major, Wq 13”. Bisley Schneider founded the Ensemble Polymnia Trust with the trading name of the Aorangi Symphony Orchestra on 19 August 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand. She is also its Musical and Artistic Director, and usually the Producer of this organisation.

Teachers of conducting, have been Maestri Dominique Rouits (Ecole Normale de Paris), Alexander Polianichko (Mariinsky Theatre), Otto Werner Mueller (Curtis Institute), and Ernst Smole with Werner Thärichen (Berlin Philharmonic) and Sergiu Celibidache (Mainz 1989, as an observer). She received special critical mention for her part in "Noye's Fludde" in Vienna, (Wiener Zeitung, May 2005).

From reviews in New Zealand: "Here was a concert full of moments of sheer pleasure, of intense emotion, of continuing delights", and: ".....conductor Sarah Bisley's string ensemble, performers full of passion and energy and driven by a collective wisdom and an individual understanding of the works they were offering…" (Waikato Times, 2013 and 2014). 

Pro Cultura Hungarica award ceremony:

Maestra Bisley received the Pro Cultura Hungarica prize at the Kodály Museum in Budapest on 26 May 2017. The prize was presented by Professor Mihály Ittzés, the President of the Hungarian Kodály Society, and Mrs Anikó Krucsainé Herter, Deputy State Secretary in the Ministry of Human Capacities, on behalf of Minister Zoltán Balog. The laudation speech was delivered by Professor Erzsébet Szőnyi, the famous composer and teacher who was a colleague of Zoltán Kodály.

Hungary’s Ministry of Human Capacities covered the award ceremony on 27 May 2017 in its online publication kultura.hu. The article may be found at http://www.kultura.hu/hid-epult-uj-zeland

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