Sponsors and Supporters

The Waikato Cello Fest 2016 would like to acknowledge the extremely generous support from a number of sponsors and partners, without whom the festival would not have been possible.

Principal Sponsor

The Graham Fund

The Waikato International Cello Fest would not have been possible without a generous grant from the Graham Fund. This fund was set up by the University in 2013 to manage a donation of $500,000 made by Ian Graham and Agi Lehár-Graham in support of the work of Conservatorium staff, and to provide scholarships for music students.

Ian and Agi are long-term supporters of music at Waikato, and have also made donations to the New Zealand Chamber Soloists and commissioned works for the members of the NZCS.

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The Wallace Foundation

The Wallace Foundation was established by The James Wallace Arts Trust and Sir James Wallace to foster, maintain, promote and advance the education and participation of New Zealand artists and New Zealand people generally in the creative arts including visual arts, creative writing, cross-disciplinary arts, performing arts, music, theatre, and film.

The Wallace Foundation and the James Wallace Arts Trust support many different music and other organisations and competitions throughout New Zealand with the aim, in the case of music, of expanding classical music audiences and supporting further education for talented young musicians.  The Foundation is excited to be supporting the Waikato International Cello Festival and in particular the inaugural Wallace International Cello Competition as both of these events give talented young cellists the chance to gain experience and insight from international guests and showcase their talents to audiences from around the country.

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Creative New Zealand

Creative New Zealand encourages, promotes and supports the arts in New Zealand for the benefit of all New Zealanders through funding, capability building, our international programme and advocacy. Creative New Zealand offers financial support for emerging and established artists, art practitioners, groups and organisations.

Creative New Zealand have granted money towards the masterclasses of the Waikato International Cello Fest 2016, which will assist in the musical, artistic and career development of New Zealand cellists.

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Gold/Rostroprovich Sponsors

Creative Communities Scheme — Creative New Zealand

Creative Waikato exists to ensure the Waikato has a thriving and distinctive creative sector, and our communities treasure its essential contribution to our lives. They can help help with information, advice, support, and funding for arts or cultural projects. Creative Waikato administers the Creative New Zealand Creative Communities Scheme (CCS) - Hamilton City to help fund local arts projects.

A grant from CCS - Hamilton City is being used to support the Festival Orchestra, featuring members of the Waikato musical community, for its concert of concertos with the international soloists at 7.30pm on Saturday 27 August.

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Goethe Institut

The Goethe-Institut is the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institute. It is active worldwide and promotes the study of German abroad and encourage international cultural exchange. The New Zealand branch of Goethe Institut is the proud cooperating partner of Wolfgang Schmidt's appearance at the Waikato International Cello Fest 2016.

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Silver/Du Pré Sponsors

Gregor Morandini

Ken Sheldrick

Bronze/Yo Yo Ma Sponsors

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Print House Hamilton

Print House Limited is the home of quality offset printing and digital printing in Hamilton, New Zealand. Print House provide our clients with a complete print management service, including not only printed products but also design, imaging, personalisation and data management, distribution, specialised finishing, CD-Rom presentations, website development and Video-in-Print®.

Print House Hamilton supports numerous projects and organisations in the Waikato every year. The company has generously provided their printing services for the festival souvenir booklet as well as donating funds towards Waikato International Cello Fest 2016.

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Supporting Partners of the Waikato International Cello Fest 2016

We are extremely thankful to the following businesses who are supporting the Waikato International Cello Fest 2016 by providing discounts to festival patrons during the event.

Official Accommodation Partners

The Narrows Landing

Moments away from Hamilton City, The Narrows Landing is a piece of paradise; a year-round delight offering exciting culinary developments in an amazing setting. The Narrows Landing is situated on a neighbouring site to the original homestead that was used in the 1800s as accommodation for those travelling the Waikato River by riverboat. These days they offer the same welcoming and relaxing environment but with 21st century style and opulence.

The Narrows Landing is proud to be supporting the festival and hosting guests Wolfgang Schmidt, Li-Wei Qin, Richard Aaron, Philippe Muller, Heleen du Plessis and Martin Rummel through the week.

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Festival Accommodation Providers

Albert Court Motor Lodge

Albert Court Motel is the perfect Hamilton motel accommodation for a family holiday, offering top quality comfort and a multitude of nearby attractions and activities, including the University of Waikato. Hosts Sue, Owen and Michelle East are offering up to 10% discount for visitors of the Waikato International Cello Fest 2016; mention this to them when you are making your booking.

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Aspen Manor Motel

Offering friendly, professional service, in a central location, the Aspen Manor Motel is perfectly suited for your trip to Hamilton and is situated close to the University of Waikato. Hosts Simon and Lornae Lowe are offering studio rooms for $125/night for visitors of the Waikato International Cello Fest 2016; mention this to them when you are making your booking.

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Official Festival Restaurant


Hamilton's hottest new restaurant, Gothenburg serves a great selection of tapas, all influenced by flavours from around the world and created by Head Chef Kylie Petterson and her team of creative chefs. Their staff is dedicated team of people who always work hard to give you the best service in town. Gothenburg is located just a short drive from the University of Waikato in the heart of the city and overlooking the beautiful Waikato River. Bring your festival tickets with you and receive a 10% discount on your bill.

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Supporting the Waikato International Cello Fest 2016

The Waikato International Cello Fest 2016 welcomes any support whether in terms of sponsoring a specific event within the festival, making a general financial contributions, or offering your services to guests and visitors of the festival. All support will acknowledged through various publicity channels; different levels of support will also be entitled to complimentary Festival Passes. For more information on different types of support and sponsorship, please see our Sponsorship Proposal below; or to talk generally about your options, contact Festival Manager Nick Braae at

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