International Euphonium Artist
- SM4U euphonium mouthpiece
Riki McDonnell lives in New Zealand and has devoted most of his life to music. His musical career started as a boy soprano and his first professional engagement was singing in the stage show Oliver.
A large family of brass band players influenced Riki’s entry into the ‘brass band world’ in 1969. Within two years the NZ Junior Tenor Horn title was under his belt and the very next year Riki claimed the NZ Open Horn title. This win was the start of twenty Open titles (5 on tenor horn, 8 on flugel horn and 7 on euphonium). Riki has won more titles than any other competitor in New Zealand’s 120 plus years history. He is the only person to win the Champion of Champions on three different instruments.
Other successes have been enjoyed in Australia, winning their Open, Champion of Champions and the Ern Keller Memorial (1993) titles.
Riki has represented New Zealand in three National Youth Bands and four National Bands, touring North America, Asia, Europe and UK, featuring as soloist.
Clear musical highlights for Riki are, performing to 250,000 concert goers at “Symphony Under the Stars” and winning the Errol Mason Memorial Brass Musician of the Year (1991).
Many prominent composers and arrangers have been commissioned to write for Riki which prompted CD recordings:- Midnight Euphonium with Faireys, Operatic Euphonium with Grimethorpe Colliery and Euphonium Songbook with The Marple Band. Major Peter Parkes directed Midnight Euphonium, Garry Cutt directed Operatic Euphonium and Euphonium Songbook. Philip Sparke expertly produced all three CDs.
Riki has performed many times with the Auckland, Christchurch and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras and has performed with brass and concert bands throughout the world. In 2001 he joined Grimethorpe Colliery on their Brassed Off tour of New Zealand and Hong Kong, playing baritone.
Solo performances are continually in abundance for Riki with piano, brass band, concert band and orchestra. Performances in Finland and North Carolina, USA helped Riki receive the prized ‘International Euphonium Player of the Year’ (2002).
Riki has a lot more music to make … new music, CDs in the pipeline, and a willingness to perform world-wide.