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Duo - Rob Zielinski & Manuela Centanni


Photo by Dan Eady

Season of youth - from Kiangardarup - The Torbay Suite

Robert and Manuela met in New Zealand in 2020. They play traditional music from Ireland and beyond on wooden flute and fiddle. They also focus on many of Robert's original compositions, including pieces from his much anticipated Kiangardarup - The Torbay Suite inspired by the remote south west coast of Western Australia. They are becoming known for their unique tone and unison playing, harmonies and arrangements. The duo was featured on the Otago Daily Times. Robert and Manuela have performed in Australia, New Zealand and Italy.

Manuela is a flute player from San Clemente, Rimini, Italy. She graduated from the Conservatoire of Bologna (Italy) in 2009, receiving a Masters with distinction in flute (Diploma in Flauto traverso). Manuela studied under Massimo Pasi.

In 2014, Manuela moved to New Zealand, where she found a vibrant traditional music scene in Dunedin. It was here she was able to pursue her lifetime dream to play traditional Irish music. Between local sessions, festivals and ceilidhs, this nurturing and friendly environment enabled her to quietly explore many aspects of this music. In 2018 she bought a wooden flute, which is now her principal instrument.

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