Multi award-winning performer-composer


  • Licentiate of Trinity College London (Distinction)
  • Associate of Trinity College London (Distinction)
  • Bachelor of Music (University of Canterbury 2020)


  • $70/hour, $40/half hour


  • All ages, beginner to advanced


Beckenham, Christchurch

Teaching Information

Rakuto adapts his teaching style for all students, and teaches the importance of versatility as a musician – the ability to perform many different types of music.

Experience teaching at the following schools:

Burnside Primary School

Burnside High School

Burnside High School Specialist Music Programme String Class

Medbury School

Student successes include:

Entry into the prestigious Specialist Music Programme at Burnside High School

– Entry into the Westburn Primary School SMP Programme

– Music Scholarship at Shirley Boys High School

Artistic Biography

Rakuto Kurano is a versatile violinist, violist, pianist, and composer. He is a violinist in the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and makes regular appearances across many concert halls on violin, viola, & piano as both a chamber/orchestral musician and soloist. He has held concertmaster positions in more than 10 orchestras throughout his life, and has led the orchestra in musicals such as Fiddler on the Roof and Chicago. He also has orchestral experience performing for NZ Opera and Royal New Zealand Ballet.

Rakuto has extensive professional experience covering a wide field of music ranging from Baroque to contemporary. Experiences include touring the South Island performing on Baroque viola with international artists Szabolcs Illés and Edita Keglerová, performing in 8 cities as part of a quintet. As a contemporary music artist, he has been invited to the CANZ (Composers Association New Zealand) Nelson workshop as a violinist/violist in both 2019 and 2020 to perform new works written by living New Zealand composers. As of 2020, he has performed works by more than 30 New Zealand composers.

As a recording artist, he released two singles: Fantail in Tokyo & Violin Sonata No.1 and an album: Five Bagatelles, in 2020. He also has experience playing in recordings for other artists – including UK singers Aled Jones and Russell Watson.

Solo appearances include performances in Japan, Vietnam, and around New Zealand.

In 2019, he was invited to Vietnam as a guest artist to perform for the Consulate General of Japan in Ho Chi Minh City. The performance was in collaboration with Vietnamese celebrity singer Nguyễn Phi Hùng, and was broadcasted by numerous Vietnamese news outlets, gaining national attention.

As a multi award-winning composer, he has had works performed by professional artists such as NZTrioNZ Harp Duo, and Mark Menzies. His compositions are frequently performed in New Zealand by professionals.

Rakuto is also the Managing Director of Seasoning Ensemble, a professional chamber ensemble which he co-founded in March 2019. Seasoning Ensemble specialises in the performance of Baroque music, and Rakuto plays viola & violin in the group.

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