Brigitte Balzat

25, Violin

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Brigitte Balzat

25, Violin

Brigitte Elise Balzat completed her Master’s degree in Violin Performance at the Hochschule für Musik Theater und Medien Hannover under Prof. Elisabeth Kufferath by the age of 23. 

Brigitte has performed all around the world including Europe, USA, China, Switzerland, Ukraine, and the Pacific. She has performed in venues such as the Helsinki Musiikkitalo, the Elbphilharmonie, and Konzerthaus Berlin. Brigitte performed in masterclasses with many great musicians such as Jeremy Menuhin, Michael Barenboim, Ning Feng and Anthony Marwood. 

Brigitte has attended numerous competitions including the Gisborne International Music Competition. She has received a number of prizes such as 1st prize two years in a row in the Chamber Music New Zealand competition which led to an invitation to make a debut concert tour in China. The majority of Brigitte’s career has been focused on chamber, ensemble, and orchestral work, however, she has also performed as soloist with orchestras such as the Luhansk Philharmonie and Opus Orchestra.

Semi-Final Round 1
Moszkowski
Ballade, from Zwei Konzertstücke, Op. 16 No. 1

John Psathas
Gyftiko

Semi-Final Round 2
Prokofiev
Sonata for Violin solo, Op. 115
Moderato

Mozart
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 22 in A Major, K. 305
Allegro di molto
Tema. Andante grazioso
Allegro

Final Round
Kapustin
Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op. 70
Allegro
Andantino
Con moto

Schnittke
Polka

Diane Huh

24, Violin

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Diane Huh

24, Violin

Diane grew up in a musical family and began learning the violin at the age of seven. Among her many successes in 2019, Diane won; the Michael Hill International Violin Competition NZ Emerging Artist Award, the National Concerto Competition, the University of Auckland Graduate Gala competition, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra’s Young Soloist of the Year prize and Chiron’s Young Artist scholarship. 

Her chamber group, the Korimako Piano trio, won the Royal Overseas League Chamber Competition and participated in a five-week cultural experience in the United Kingdom. After being selected as Concertmaster for the University of Auckland Symphony Orchestra, Diane crowned 2019 by graduating from the University of Auckland with a First Class Honours degree in Music.

Semi-Final Round 1
Bach
Sonata No. 1 in G Minor for Solo Violin, BWV 1001
Adagio

David Farquhar
Earth, Air, Water

Fauré
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in A Major, Op. 13
Allegro molto

Semi-Final Round 2
Stravinsky
Duo Concertant for Violin and Piano
Cantilene
Eglogue I

Mozart
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 32 in B Flat Major, K. 454
Allegretto

Prokofiev
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in D Major, Op. 94
Allegro con brio

Final Round
Mendelssohn
Sonata for Violin and Piano in F Major
Allegro vivace

Ravel
Tzigane

Christine Jeon

14, Cello

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Christine Jeon

14, Cello

Christine Jeon was born in Christchurch and started learning the cello at age 6. She has received tutelage from James Tennant since January 2019. She passed both her piano and cello (ABRSM) grade 8 exams with distinction in the same year and received the Noel Newson Award in the High-Scorers’ Concert in 2017. In 2019, she passed her dipABRSM Performance Piano exam. In both 2016 and 2017, she was awarded the most promising female in the IRMT Music competitions.

Christine was awarded the Soroptimist Music Scholarship for the SMP (Specialist Music Programme) during her years at Westburn School. In 2020, Christine made it to the national final of the NZCT Chamber contest, performing the Ravel Piano Trio in A minor. In 2020, she passed her LTCL examination. Christine has been given a music scholarship to St Andrew’s College for both intermediate and high school.

Semi-Final Round 1
Chopin
Sonata for Cello and Piano in G Minor, Op. 65
Allegro Moderato

Martin Lodge
Epitaph, in memoriam Douglas Lilburn

Popper
Polonaise de Concert

Semi-Final Round 2
Beethoven
Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 5 in D Major, Op. 102 No. 2
Allegro con brio

Chopin
Sonata for Cello and Piano in G Minor, Op. 65
Scherzo – Allegro con brio

Martinů
Variations on a Theme by Rossini

Final Round
Bach
Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009
Prelude

Schumann
Fantasiestücke, Op. 73
Zart und mit Ausdruck
Lebhaft, leicht
Rasch und mit Feuer

Cassadó
Requiebros

Andrew Kelly

24, Violin

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Andrew Kelly

24, Violin

Andrew Kelly has enjoyed playing the violin ever since he began learning at age 5 from celebrated Suzuki teacher Lynley Culliford. Growing up in Wellington, he also learned from NZSO Associate Concertmaster Donald Armstrong before moving to Auckland to study under Stephen Larsen at The University of Auckland where he was the Alumni Scholar. 

Musical highlights include being in the NZSO National Youth Orchestra since the age of 15 and selected Principal 1st Violin in 2017, playing as a soloist alongside Opera singer Malvina Major in 2011 and competing in the National Finals of the NZCT New Zealand Secondary Schools Chamber Music Competition in 2014 with the ‘Elegiac Trio’. He was also awarded the NZSO Erika Scholes Award winning a 1749 Gagliano violin for 2 years. This September he will be commencing a Masters in Performance at the Royal College of Music, London.

Semi-Final Round 1
Bach
Sonata No. 1 in G Minor for Solo Violin, BWV 1001
Adagio
Presto

Ravel
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in G Major
Allegretto
Blues. Moderato

Semi-Final Round 2
Beethoven
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24, ‘Spring’
Allegro

John Psathas
Gyftiko

Final Round
Bach
Sonata No. 1 in G Minor for Solo Violin, BWV 1001
Fugue

Franck
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major
Allegretto ben moderato

Stravinsky
Danse russe, from Petrushka

Hyein Kim

22, Cello

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Hyein Kim

22, Cello

Hyein Kim was born in 1999 in Seoul, South Korea and moved to Christchurch in 2007. Hyein started his musical adventure at the age of 6 with lessons on the piano. At the age of 8, he switched to studying the cello and he has since moved to Hamilton in 2016 where he continued his studies with James Tennant and has been accepted into the Soloist Stream Specialization programme at the University of Waikato. 

At 13, he was awarded 1st prize at the International Padova Competition in Italy. In 2016, Hyein had a very successful year, winning the New Zealand Secondary Chamber Music Competition with his Yerevan Trio from Hillcrest High School as well as being selected as 2nd prize in the 50th National Concerto Competition. After that, he was awarded 2nd prize in PACANZ in 2018 and in 2020, he was awarded 1st prize in the Gisborne International Music Competition.

Semi-Final Round 1
Beethoven
Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 3 in A Major, Op. 69
Allegro ma non tanto

Ginastera
Pampeana No 2, Rhapsody for Violoncello and Piano
Lento e Rubato

Semi-Final Round 2
Bruch
Kol Nidrei, Op. 47
Adagio ma non troppo

Gareth Farr
Shadow of the Hawk

Final Round
Bach
Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009
Prelude

Schumann
Adagio and Allegro

Paganini
Variations on a theme from Moses in Egypt

Anne Lee

20, Violin

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Anne Lee

20, Violin

Anne Kyoungeun Lee is studying for a Bachelor’s degree of music at the University of Auckland with violinist and concertmaster of the APO, Andrew Beer. She received a Young Scholarship Program enabling her to begin her tertiary studies early and has subsequently received scholarships, such as the Sagar-Vandewart Prize for String Players, also earning top placings for her performance courses.

In previous years and as a young soloist competition winner, Anne has performed at many venues such as the Auckland Town Hall, Palace of Versailles, and other concert halls where she toured with an orchestra as a soloist in France.

Anne is a member of the APO Young Achievers Program and was awarded Gold at the National Round of the NZCT Chamber Contest.

Semi-Final Round 1
Beethoven
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24, ‘Spring’
Adagio molto espressivo

Bach
Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004

Semi-Final Round 2
Jack Body
Aeolian Harp

Franck
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major
Allegretto poco mosso

Wieniawski
Scherzo – Tarantella

Final Round
Beethoven
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in D Major, Op. 12 No. 1
Allegro con brio

C Schumann
Three Romances, Op. 22
Andante molto

Franck
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major
Allegro

Christine Lee

20, Violin

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Christine Lee

20, Violin

Christine Lee is currently a Bachelor’s student studying at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin with violinist Ning Feng. As the winner of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra’s Young Soloist of the Year Competition, Christine played the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in the Auckland Town Hall. She has performed in other renowned venues such as the Musikverein in Vienna and Konzerthaus Berlin. 

Orchestrally, Christine has been concertmaster of the NZSO National Youth Orchestra and was selected as a member of the Fellowship Programme with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. She is also an active casual player with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.

Semi-Final Round 1
Kreisler
Praeludium and Allegro

Bach
Sonata No. 2 in A Minor for Solo Violin, BWV 1003
Andante
Allegro

Prokofiev
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in D Major, Op. 94
Allegro con brio

Semi-Final Round 2
Beethoven
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 8 in G Major, Op. 30 No. 3
Allegro assai

Gareth Farr
Wakatipu

Tchaikovsky
Valse Sentimentale

Wieniawski
Polonaise No. 1 in D Major, Op. 4

Final Round
Lutoslawski
Subito for Violin and Piano

Schubert
Nacht und Träume

Franck
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major
Allegro

KiHei Lee

22, Violin

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KiHei Lee

22, Violin

KiHei Lee, a recent first-class honours graduate from the University of Auckland, has been learning under Stephen Larsen for the past 5 years. KiHei is part of a violin duo, Felice Duet, who are the recipients of the 2019 Royal Overseas League Scholarship. The duet can also be found as players in the 2020/21 Adam Troubadour Quartet being the highlight of the Summer School and performed in the 2021 Adam Summer Celebration. Further in 2020, KiHei won the Holdsworth Family Bach prize at the Gisborne international music competition. 

KiHei continues to play with her family for the community church and her goal as a musician is to bring the best of her abilities to give herself and others a great experience in music. KiHei plays on a violin made available through a generous loan by the Hill Family Foundation for Art and Music.

Semi-Final Round 1
Mozart
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 24 in F Major, K. 376
Allegro
Andante

Schumann
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 105
Lebhaft

Szymanowski
La Fontaine d’Aréthuse, from Mythes, Op. 30

Semi-Final Round 2
Bach
Sonata No. 2 in A Minor for Solo Violin, BWV 1003
Andante
Allegro

Gillian Whitehead
Torua

Zarzycki
Mazurka in G Major, Op. 26 No. 1

Final Round
Debussy
Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Minor

Lutoslawski
Subito for Violin and Piano

Harris Leung

24, Violin

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Harris Leung

24, Violin

Harris Leung is a recent graduate of the University of Waikato and was an Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Fellow in 2019. He has played in numerous orchestras throughout the North Island and enjoys reading music in a chamber setting. Any remaining time he spends daydreaming about buildings. Harris is currently studying under Lara Hall at the University of Waikato and is supervised by Jeroen Schillewaert at the University of Auckland.

Semi-Final Round 1
Mozart
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 32 in B Flat Major, K. 454
Largo-allegro

Jack Body
Caravan

Janáček
Sonata for Violin and Piano
Ballada

Semi-Final Round 2
Ravel
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in G Major
Allegretto

Saint-Saëns
Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28 (arr. Bizet)

Final Round
Fauré
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in A Major, Op. 13
Allegro molto

Waxman
Carmen Fantasy (arr. Bizet)

Rose Light

16, Violin

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Rose Light

16, Violin

Rose Light  was awarded her Licentiate in Music Diploma (LMusA) with Distinction in 2020 and her Associate in Music Diploma (AmusA) with Distinction in 2019 when she was 14 years old. Rose’s string quartet was awarded First Prize at the Queensland International Chamber Music Competition 2019.   She was selected for the Australian Chamber Orchestra Academy 2020, she played as a soloist with the Australian Haydn Ensemble and the Australian Honours String Orchestra and performed as a first violinist with the Australian Youth Orchestra NMC. 

She has performed twice at the Sydney Opera House with Staatskapelle Berlin and the Australian World Orchestra as Principal Second Violinist of the Regional Youth Orchestra of NSW. Rose was Concertmaster of the Bellingen Youth Orchestra from 2019-2020, Principal Violinist of Sinfonia, an advanced chamber orchestra, from 2019-2020 and Principal Violinist of the Academy at the Coffs Harbour Conservatorium from 2017-2019. 

After living in Australia for the past few years, Rose has moved back to Aotearoa and has since participated in the 2021 Adam Summer School and the NZSO National Youth Orchestra. She learns violin from Helene Pohl and plays on a Riccardo Bergonzi Violin ‘Vivace’ c.2005 made available through a generous loan by the Hill Family Foundation for Art and Music.

Semi-Final Round 1
Beethoven
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in D Major, Op.12 No. 1
Allegro con brio

Douglas Lilburn
Sonata for Violin and Piano
Andante

Bloch
Nigun from Baal Shem

Semi-Final Round 2
Tchaikovsky
Serenade Melancolique

Bach
Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001
Fugue

Final Round
Brahms
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in A major, Op. 100
Allegro amabile

Bach
Sonata No. 1 in G Minor for Solo Violin, BWV 1001
Presto

Cecile McNeill

20, Viola

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Cecile McNeill

20, Viola

A passion and curiosity for the arts have led violist Cecile McNeill to pursue a career in music. She is an avid chamber musician and has played with the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra where she is a current APO young achiever. Cecile has gone from thrice reaching the national rounds of the NZCT Chamber Contest, to winning the 2020 Auckland Chamber Music Society Prize. 

A student of David Samuel at the University of Auckland, Cecile has had the privilege of receiving lessons from renowned violists including Yura Lee, Misha Amory, Toby Appel, and Samuel Rhodes, and masterclasses from Silvia Marcovici and Elizabeth Kufferath. 

Solo successes include achieving the top marks for classical performance at the University of Auckland in both 2019 and 2020. Other prizes that were awarded to her include the Wilhelm Penseler Prize in Music, the Winifred Stiles Viola Prize, the Spring Prize for String Players, and the Adam Scholarship for Performance Excellence and Achievement.

Semi-Final Round 1
Schubert
Arpeggione Sonata, D. 821
Allegro Moderato

Chris Artley
An Anzac Reflection

Vieuxtemps
Capriccio ‘Hommage à Paganini’ for Solo Viola

Semi-Final Round 2
Penderecki
Cadenza for Solo Viola

Tchaikovsky
Souvenir d’un lieu cher, Op. 42 No. 3
Mélodie

Enescu
Concertstück

Final Round
Bach
Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009
Prelude

Hindemith
Sonata for Solo Viola, Op. 25 No. 1
Breit Viertel
Sehr frisch und straff

Brahms
Sonata for Viola and Piano n E Flat Major, Op. 120 No. 2
Allegro amabile

Sarang Roberts

21, Violin

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Sarang Roberts

21, Violin

Originally from Christchurch, Sarang Roberts currently studies at the New Zealand School of Music with Associate Professor Dr. Martin Riseley and previously, NZSO Associate Concertmaster Donald Armstrong. She has participated in several masterclasses with international violinists such as Augustin Hadelich and Ilya Gringolts. She is a keen orchestral player, having been a member of the NZSO National Youth Orchestra since 2015, playing with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and other orchestras around the country. 

Sarang has received a number of prizes and awards including the Victoria University Ensemble Performance Award, Best Performance of a New Zealand work, and the Freemasons Lankhuyzen/Whetu-Kairangi Music Award for her time in Europe with the Royal Concertgebouw concertmaster Liviu Prunaru.  Sarang has a keen interest in chamber music, collaborating with members of both the Te Kōkī Trio and Ghost Trio in 2021.

Semi-Final Round 1
Beethoven
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 4 in A Minor, Op. 23
Presto

Brahms
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 108
Allegro

Semi-Final Round 2
Paganini
Caprice for Solo Violin, Op. 1 No. 5

Prokofiev
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 80
Andante assai
Allegro brusco

Final Round
Saint-Saëns
Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28 (arr. Bizet)

Brahms
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 108
Adagio
Presto agitato

Claudia Tarrant-Matthews

23, Violin

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Claudia Tarrant-Matthews

23, Violin

Originally from Aotearoa, Claudia completed her Bachelor of Music in piano and violin performance at Te Kōki New Zealand School of Music in 2018. She is currently in her second year of a Master of Arts in violin performance at the Royal Academy of Music, where she is under the tutelage of Professor György Pauk. Claudia is currently a recipient of the Dame Malvina Major Wellington Arts Excellence Award, the Kiwi Music Scholarship, and is on a generous scholarship from the Royal Academy of Music. When in New Zealand, Claudia plays as a casual member of the NZSO.

Claudia has performed concerti with orchestra on occasions, including with the New Zealand School of Music orchestra and a local Wellington orchestra.  She was the pianist in Trio Fantasia, which reached the finals of the Pettman/ROSL Chamber Music Arts scholarship. The following year her string quartet won the Adam Troubadour fellowship programme. Claudia is currently first violinist of the Calathea Quartet, which is an ensemble formed at the Royal Academy of Music. In April 2021 they won first place in the Royal Academy of Music Historical Women Composers Prize.  Claudia has had leading positions for the Royal Academy Sainsbury Soloists, and Chamber Orchestra, and is now a member of the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Foyle Future Firsts scheme 2020/21.

Semi-final Round 1
John Psathas
Gyftiko

Bartók
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1
Allegro appassionato

Semi-final Round 2
Beethoven
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 7 in C Minor, Op. 30 No. 2
Allegro con brio

Debussy
Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Minor
Allegro Vivo
Finale

Final round
Bach
Sonata No. 1 in G Minor for Solo Violin, BWV 1001
Adagio
Presto

Bartók
Sonata for Violin and Piano No 1
Allegro

Kimberley Yuan

16, Cello

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Kimberley Yuan

16, Cello

Having been accepted into university at the age of fifteen, Kimberley is currently under the tutelage of James Tennant and is studying a Bachelor of Music and Finance at the University of Waikato. Kimberley started learning the cello at the age of eight and has since attained many awards. At the age of fourteen she received First Prize in the Golden Classical International Music Awards Competition, the Brussels Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition and First Equal in the Pacific International Music Competition. Kimberley has also performed in renowned venues, namely Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House, and was invited to perform in the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels.

Semi-Final Round 1
Beethoven
Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 4 in C Major, Op. 102 No. 1
Andante – Allegro vivace

Martin Lodge
Epitaph, in memoriam Douglas Lilburn

Chopin
Sonata for Cello and Piano in G Minor, Op. 65
Finale. Allegro

Semi-Final Round 2
Bright Sheng
Seven Tunes Heard in China
Seasons (Qinghai)
The Little Cabbage (Hebei)
Diu Diu Dong (Taiwan)

Rachmaninov
Sonata for Cello and Piano in G Minor, Op. 19
Andante

Cassadó
Requiebros

Final Round
Chopin
Sonata for Cello and Piano in G Minor, Op. 65
Allegro moderato

Bloch
Prayer

Brahms
Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 38
Allegro

Lorna Zhang

16, Violin

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Lorna Zhang

16, Violin

Lorna’s passion for violin started at a young age. She is currently a year 12 student in Macleans College and has participated in various musical groups. Over the years she has been rewarded with many school cultural awards, and has also won multiple awards in South Auckland Performing Arts Society and Te Awamutu. Lorna has been a scholarship holder of the Chiron Charitable Trust since 2019. In 2020, she entered the NZCT chamber contest as a part of Trio Achilles and won the Runner-up Helen Young Diamond Award.

Semi-Final Round 1
Bach
Sonata No. 1 in G Minor for Solo Violin, BWV 1001
Adagio
Fugue (Allegro)

Bartók
Rhapsody for Violin and Piano No. 1

Semi-Final Round 2
Beethoven
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 8 in G Major, Op. 30 No. 3
Allegro assai

Anthony Ritchie
Rhapsody, Op. 83

Kreisler
Tambourin Chinois

Final Round
Brahms
Scherzo from F-A-E Sonata for Violin and Piano

Sarasate
Carmen Fantasy, Op. 25