Rakuto Kurano, of Christchurch, is Wanaka’s Aspiring Lifestyle Village’s first artist in residence.
Kurano will make a weeklong visit to the village three times a year to work on his master of music thesis and share his musical passions with residents and the community.
Some of his ideas include forming a local string quartet, master classes, composing and recording a solo violin piece around Ruby Island and sharing his composition process.
He also wants to do outreach work with local schools.
Village resident Lyn Milne was instrumental in facilitating the residency.