Graham McPhail

baroque violin

Graham McPhail

Graham McPhail is a long-standing member of Restoration and has been at the forefront of historical performance practice in New Zealand since his return from study in Holland with Sigiswald Kuijken in the 1980s.  He was a founding member of Extempore, one of New Zealand's first ensembles devoted to early music performance. Graham has worked extensively with other early music players in New Zealand and has led Bach Musica NZ and Pipers Sinfonia in Auckland, who explored baroque style on modern instruments under his guidance. In 2004, along with Helen Brinkman, he formed NZ Barok, New Zealand’s baroque orchestra, and has been artistic co-director during its 17 years of concerts throughout New Zealand, Radio New Zealand broadcasts, and their three CD recordings. Graham has taught most of New Zealand’s current generation of baroque string players, including Miranda Hutton, Lara Hall, and Amelia Giles. Graham is now Senior Lecturer in music education at the University of Auckland, Faculty of Education and Social Work.

  • “The performance was near perfection ... a flowing, beautifully integrated sound”

    Evening Post
  • “The violin of Graham McPhail is most captivating ... a warm tone and secure intonation make for a stylish performance”

    The Recorder
  • “A ravishing duo ... Graham McPhail is to be congratulated on an affecting performance”

    Evening Post
  • “The baroque violin was balanced to perfection”