Meet the Ensemble

Daniel Cooper

Harpsichord & Organ – Musical Director

Daniel Cooper is a postgraduate student at the University of Canterbury, studying towards a MMus in conducting with Professor Mark Menzies. In 2018 Daniel graduated with a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours in performance organ from UC. Daniel works as a free lance performer, conductor, and teacher throughout Christchurch and holds numerous musical leadership roles within the community. Daniel thrives on pushing the limits of accepted practices and interpretations, to challenge audiences expectations and open them up to a whole new way of thinking and listening.

Rakuto Kurano

Viola & Violin – Managing Director

Rakuto Kurano is a 19-year-old violinist, violist, pianist, and composer. Originally from Japan, he moved to New Zealand at the age of eight. He is currently a second year music student at UC studying violin & viola with Professor Mark Menzies and composition with Dr Reuben de Lautour. He is Concertmaster of the UC Christchurch Youth Orchestra and also a violinist in the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. A passionate performer of Baroque music, he has participated in a masterclass with Baroque specialist Sigiswald Kuijken. He also performs frequently on piano as a soloist, and on the violin & viola as both a chamber and orchestral musician. He has performed in Japan, Vietnam, and many cities around New Zealand.

Lily Doak


Lily Doak is a recorder player and clarinetist who is completing her final year of Burnside High School who is also completing the first year of a music degree at the University of Canterbury majoring in performance music. Next year she will continue this degree and also begin a beginning a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. She has always loved performance on both clarinet and recorder. This year she was a national finalist in the New Zealand Chamber Music Competition and a member of the New Zealand Secondary Schools Symphony Orchestra and principal clarinet of the Burnside High School Orchestra. She has also taken up conducting this year, as the student conductor of the Burnside High School Junior Concert Band. She has been delving into both the contemporary and baroque techniques of recorder and will be traveling to Australia for a recorder workshop in early 2020.

Hijiri Yamamoto


Hijiri is in her first year at the University of Canterbury studying performance music on violin with Professor Mark Menzies. She began learning the piano at the age of 5 and the violin at the age of 7. She always had an interest in orchestral and chamber music where she was appointed the concert master of the New Zealand Secondary Schools Orchestra, Burnside High School orchestra and was a member of the NZSO NYO last year. She was a national finalist at the New Zealand Chamber Music contest with her group RAQS winning the KBB music award. She is currently a member of the Secret Sinfonia which was started by a group of university students. Hijiri has enjoyed being a member of the Seasoning Ensemble, exploring different baroque music working with the other talented musicians.

Kiel McEntee


Kiel McEntee is currently finishing off his degree this year, studying for a Bachelor of Music and hopes to one day teach, with the specific goal of teaching the lute, particularly to children, and helping to spread knowledge and love for this instrument in New Zealand, where little is known about it. Kiel has been playing lute for 3 1/2 years, initially exploring the Renaissance repertoire, where he developed a lot of the basics technique, and now with particular focus this year going on to the archlute and the baroque repertoire.

Matthew Harris

Double Bass

Matthew Harris is a multi-instrumentalist and conductor based in Christchurch. His musical career began as a member of the Christchurch Cathedral Choir at the age of eight and since then, has gone on to feature with a number of groups, including the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Leopard Coachlines Canterbury Brass, the Tallis Scholars and the NZSO National Youth Orchest