Meet the Orchestra

Dianna Cochrane

second violin, Section Principal

For over 10 years Dianna has been Principal Second Violin with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO) and Concertmaster of the Auckland Chamber Orchestra. Prior to this she was contracted as Principal First Violin with the APO. She teaches and mentors both privately and through the APO Education and Sistema programmes.

During her teens she won 2nd prize in both the Gisborne Solo Competition and the NZ Violin Competition, 3rd prize in the National Concerto Competition and was a finalist in both the NZ Young Achiever’s Competition and the TVNZ Young Musicians Competition. Dianna has subsequently performed as both soloist and chamber musician in NZ, the UK, Europe, Japan and the USA.

After gaining her BMus degree in performance from Auckland University she furthered her postgraduate studies and became teaching assistant to Eudice Shapiro, at the University of Southern California (USC), herself a student and teaching assistant of Heifetz.

After being awarded numerous awards and honours scholarships during her studies in both NZ and the USA, she then went on to become a founding member and the very first Concertmaster of the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra In 1990 under Leonard Bernstein and Michael Tilson-Thomas, studying and playing chamber music with members of the London Symphony and Vienna Philharmonic.

Further studies and master classes with the Amadeus Quartet, Kronos Quartet, Victor Liebermann and David Takeno, among others, followed.

She has worked professionally both as a section and titled player in many orchestras throughout Europe and Australasia and was previously first violin in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Associate Concertmaster/Principal Second violin in the NZ Chamber Orchestra.

Currently residing north of Auckland, Dianna balances the “down under” beach lifestyle here with regular snowy stints performing back in Scandinavia.

Brett Henshaw




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