The Synthony Team
Erika Amoore – Co-Founder & Producer
Classically trained in concert Piano and Violin, and also a DJ for New Zealand’s biggest dance music station, George FM, Erika is a regular fixture in NZ’s music scene. Her classical music training and passion for electronic music has translated into the experience that is Synthony – she oversees all creative aspects of Synthony from track and artist selection to audio engineering and arrangements.
The crafting of setlists and mixing of the shows is a key strength Erika brings to the show and a feature reviewers have raved about. She uniquely understands the show from the audience’s perspective and ensures there are just the right amount of peaks and surprises to keep the audience on the edge of their seats.
Ryan Youens – Arranger
Ryan Youens is a music arranger and copyist with fifteen years experience working with composers, ensembles, publishers and musicians. He works regularly with leading orchestras around the world. He has produced music for ensembles such as the London Metropolitan Orchestra, Budapest Scoring Orchestra, Dutch Radio Chamber Orchestra and Sydney Symphony Orchestra; for composers such as Victoria Kelly, Rhian Sheehan, Wlad Mahulets and Anthony Ritchie; publishers such as G. Schirmer and Massey University Press; events such as the Rugby World Cup and Pan-Arab Games; on movies such as The Hobbit ‘An Unexpected Journey’ and ‘The Desolation of Smaug’; and has prepared music for the music stands at numerous scoring stages including Abbey Road.
Ryan has a masters degree in composition from the NZ School of Music, and as a composer is regularly commissioned, he is passionate about the concept and method that underpins Synthony’s success.
Peter Thomas – Conductor
Peter is a New Zealand based conductor and music educator and has directed many orchestras, including the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Auckland Youth Orchestra, St Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra, Devonport Chamber Orchestra and West Michigan University Symphony Orchestra.
Peter is currently the resident Music Director and conductor of the Auckland Symphony Orchestra. Though his repertoire is broad, he feels a particular affinity with Romantic and 20th century works and is particularly passionate about collaborations and performing new music. It’s this passion for new music that led him to be one of the key driving forces behind the Synthony project from its inception in late 2016. Peter is currently the Head of Music at Epsom Girls Grammar School. As music educator he inspires his students to strive for excellence, and also have fun while doing it – a philosophy which he extends to many other walks of life.
The Duco Team
Duco are the presenters of Synthony and the shows driving force. Duco Events, established 14 years ago by Founding Director David Higgins, has a considerable track record of establishing and promoting global events, with the company now being one of the Asia-Pacific’s most entrepreneurial and prominent promotional companies. Rachael Carroll, Director and Group CEO, brings a career in global events both from a government and private sector perspective, and delivers an ambitious agenda to the company.
David Higgins – Founding Director
A decade and a half ago David Higgins was an Auckland University graduate with big ideas and precious little capital. Today he is a director of the Asia Pacific’s most prominent and successful events company — Duco Events. Since founding Duco Events in 2004, David has played a leading role in establishing many of the regions most iconic events.
David’s entrepreneurial spirit has seen him build the career of world heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker, and in doing so, play an instrumental role in establishing New Zealand’s pay per view sports television market. David has also raised several million dollars for charitable causes while hosting major speaking events headlined by the likes of Sir Richard Branson, Andre Agassi, Al Gore and Sir Bob Geldof. With New Zealand’s events potential yet to be fully unlocked, David sees his achievements so far as merely the tip of the iceberg.
Rachael Carroll – Director and Chief Executive
Rachael has 20 years experience in major events, tourism and sport across Australia and New Zealand. As a senior executive, she has developed major events strategies for cities, led successful government bids for major events and executed host city planning for major events, including the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games and the New Zealand 2011 Rugby World Cup. After many years in executive level Government roles in major events and tourism, Rachael became a key strategy consultant to a number of companies including the National Rugby League, Rugby League World Cup 2017 and 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.
In early 2016 Rachael, led the expansion of Duco Events into the Australian market and is now the Group CEO of companies. Recent achievements of the Australian arm of the company includes the development, promotion and staging of multi-million, large scale stadium events from the annual and innovative Brisbane Global Rugby Tens, to the biggest event Australian Boxing History – the Battle of Brisbane, Pacquiao v Horn.
Having held executive leadership roles in major events, tourism, city marketing and sport, across both private and public sectors, Rachael offers a unique set of skills in managing complex government and commercial relationships for major events.
Rachael has a leadership style built on transparency, consistency and commercial performance and builds professional rigour throughout the organisation, while also maintaining the agile and innovative approach that has brought success over the years.