Bianca Andrew

Mezzo soprano

Bianca Andrew is considered one of New Zealand’s most promising young singers to emerge in recent years.

A consummate actress as well as a singer she is known for her engaging and creative performances in many genres from classical music to cabaret and music theatre.

She graduated from the NZ School of Music in 2011 with a Bachelor and Postgraduate Diploma of Music (Distinction) under the tutelage of Margaret Medlyn. Pursuing her dream of a career in opera, Bianca auditioned and was offered a place at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In 2014 Bianca received a tuition grant from the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation which allowed her to move to London to commence an Artist Masters in vocal performance at the Guildhall where she will study with renowned soprano Yvonne Kenny.

Later she also received the Kiri Te Kanawa Scholarship as the singer judged to have outstanding potential for an international singing career. The award is given to one of 16 talented young singers who participated in the Lexus Song Quest masterclasses presented by the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation in the four main centres of NZ.

The masterclasses were conducted by international judge Kathryn Harries (Chief Judge of the Lexus Song Quest) who made the final scholarship decision. The scholarship, sponsored by the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation is a cash prize of $15,000 to be used for international study.

Presenting the award Kathryn Harries said "Bianca is the complete package. She is highly intelligent as a person, a singer and a musician, and she is a tremendously skilled communicator and a brilliant actress. She has all the talent to have a very successful international career."

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