Examiner Profile: KIM NADEN

KIM NADEN ARCM (HONS) LRAM (London)AIRMT After being awarded a scholarship at eighteen, Kim Naden left his hometown of Auckland New Zealand to study at the Royal College of Music in London, majoring in performance and piano accompaniment. After four years study and a successful career performing throughout England and teaching, he became repetiteur for the Royal Ballet School and worked with many Artists and Teachers from the Royal Ballet Company. Alongside his piano career, Kim worked in Children's Musical Theatre in the East End of London during the Summer vacations bringing this medium to children who may never get a chance at stage musical performance. From here he went on to become Assistant Musical Director during London's Pantomime season at the Theatre Royal. He has written a musical for Children and had it performed in Kingston upon Thames. Since his return home to Auckland, Kim has set up a large teaching practice and is demand as accompanist and adjudicator in many NZ Arts festivals. He has lectured for the Institute of Registered Music Teachers (IRMT) as well as tutor in Teaching Workshops and was asked to give a performance of 20th Century piano Music for their 2002 Conference. He has had teaching positions in both Saint Kentigerns Senior College for 7 years from 1992 to 1999 and Avondale College from 1997 till 2005 also acting as accompanist for their school shows and performance situations. He is now teaching at Kings College Otahuhu. Apart from a busy career in piano, Kim was the Artistic Director of Opera in the Pa Rotorua for nine years, a successful event which takes place at Tamatekapua Marae, set on the lake at Ohinemutu as well as Opera on Mokoia Island which premiered in 2004. In 2002 it was awarded a New Zealand Tourism Award for Innovation and Ingenuity and a subsequent Television documentary made of the event. In 2005, he was asked to produce the 50th Anniversary Mardi Gras concert in Rotorua. A record 20,000 audience proved it to be one of Rotorua's most successful public concerts. In this 5 hour production, Kim introduced the Legends of the Maori people with Choreography and Firework spectacular, a never before seen synchronized event in New Zealand. ACCOMPANYING & TEACHING EXPERIENCE 1981-2009 Kim is one of Auckland's top accompanists working with major Opera singers and instrumentalists. He is constantly in demand throughout all of the main Festivals here in Auckland. He has performed in the Town Hall and Aotea Centre as well as many performing concert Halls around Auckland and New Zealand. His teaching experience began in London and he has taught from complete beginner's right through to Diploma and beyond. A number of his students have gone on to study in both Julliard, New York as well as in London. ADJUDICATING AND EXAMINING Kim has been constant on the adjudicating scene throughout New Zealand since his return from England. Last year he was requested to attend and adjudicate in the new Christchurch Competitions that were on hold after the Christchurch quake. This year he will be adjudicating in the NSPACS North shore, WAPAC West Auckland and SAPAC South Auckland competitions societies.