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Get to know our team

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Bo Yang


Bo Yang is currently a PhD student at the New Zealand School of Music, with a focus in musicology and music technology, where he intends to explore the instruments of taonga puoro. He is an accomplished violinist with more than 20 years of teaching and performance experience. Bo completed his Master’s Degree in musical acoustics at the China Conservatory of Music. He has knowledge and experience in interdisciplinary research of music and mathematics, physics, and psychology.

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Elyse Dalabakis

Media and Marketing Manager

Greek-American violist Elyse Dalabakis is a multifaceted musician, educator, arts advocate, and performance scholar who has earned a distinguished reputation as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician and arts administrator.  Her enthusiastic and positive approach to her work and collaborations has garnered her a high level of respect within music education, performance, and arts management spheres within NZ and abroad.


James Jin

Deputy Director

Currently working as Associate Principal Second Violinist in the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and China Liaisons Coordinator in APO, Xin (James) Jin was born in China and came to New Zealand with his family in 2001. James is the co-founder of the annual New Zealand International Young Artists Festival and also curates the APO’s chamber music series Up-Close, and the APO Summer Piano and Chamber Programmes. Besides working for the APO, James is also an active soloist and chamber musician and enthusiastic educator in Auckland, New Zealand.


Freya Wang

Founder & Director

Freya is a well-known champion of Asian – New Zealand cultural activity, notably in the area of music where she has formidable experience and networks. After her conservatory training as a pianist, Freya acquired her business degree in the US. She then worked as a business development specialist and project consultant for various international companies in the US, New Zealand, and China.

She established FlyingDog Artistic Management in 2018 with the aim to connect and showcase a broad range of New Zealand creativity to diverse audiences, and to find innovative ways to inspire and educate young New Zealanders through arts and culture. Her unusual skill set, which combines a strong musical background and robust management qualifications, makes her efforts to promote intercultural activities through the medium of music efficient and effective.

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