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National Chamber Music Contest Wellington Results

National Chamber Music Contest Wellington Results

The Wellington District Contest round in the annual NZCT Chamber Music Contest took place last weekend. The Contest attracted 32 ensembles involving 112 musicians and was adjudicated by Auckland University lecturer and principal bassoonist of the Sydney Omega Ensemble Ben Hoadley and Auckland Philharmonia section principal cello Eliah Sakakushev–von Bismarck. The results of the contest are:

Best Group Overall: Druz'ya Quartet
Lucas Baker - Violin (Home-schooled)
Andy Yu - Violin (Wellington College)
Lauren Jack - Viola (Wellington High School)
Milo Benn - Cello (Scots College)
Performed: String Quartet No. 8 (movements 1, 2 and 3) - Shostakovich

Highly Commended
Les Trois Amies (St Oran's College and Newlands College)
Bedriska Trio (Kapiti College)
FIRE (Hutt Valley High School, Scots College and home-schooled)
The Atmospherics (Kapiti College)

Adjudicator Awards
Flucelta Trio (Hutt Valley High School)
Virtuoso Strings Octet (Newlands College, Porirua College, Aotea College, Tawa College and Rongotai College)

KBB Awards
The Koloskatz (Kapiti College)
The Atmospherics (Kapiti College)

Best Performance of a New Zealand Work
FIRE (Hutt Valley High School, Scots College and home-schooled) performing Ahi Trio by Gareth Farr

Best Performance of an Original Composition Entry
Virtuoso Strings Octet (Newlands College, Porirua College, Aotea College, Tawa College and Rongotai College)
performing Toroa Rising/Piwakawaka Dancing by Benjamin Sneyd-Utting

The Wellington Contest is one of 15 district contests being held throughout New Zealand during June as the first round of the NZCT Chamber Music Contest. Once all the district contests have been completed, the top ensembles from the East Coast, Hawke's Bay, Whanganui, Manawatu and Wellington contests will travel to Wellington to compete in the Central Regional Finals on Saturday 24 June. The top 12 ensembles from the three Regional Finals held in Auckland, Napier and Christchurch will compete in the National Finals on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 August in Wellington.

The Contest is the longest running youth music competition in New Zealand. It is the only nationwide chamber music competition for young musicians and composers. As well as organising the contest, Chamber Music New Zealand also arranges coaching and open workshops for ensembles with the support of the Judith Clark Memorial Fund.

In presenting the NZCT Chamber Music Contest, Chamber Music New Zealand acknowledges the generous support of NZCT, University of Auckland, SOUNZ (Centre for NZ Music), CANZ (Composers’ Association of New Zealand), The Wallace Foundation, KBB Music and our regional funders who support events at District Contests.


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