Through an audition process, we will invite 12 New Zealand music talents ages 16-26 (orchestral instruments, piano and voice) to participate in the Festival’s Young Artist Programme.  In Queenstown from 1-7 June, they will receive coachings from our Festival artists, rehearse and perform chamber music with one another and participate in career development workshops to hone their professional skills.  Each Young Artist will also receive a 30-minute public performances that is professionally recorded for the young artist’s future use (eg auditions, profile-building, etc.) and broadcast by RNZC with syndication to international media outlet The Violin Channel.

There is no cost to participate. Young Artists will be billeted with local families.  Some travel scholarships are available on a financial needs basis.

To submit Application

General criteria:

  • Age 16-26 from 1 June 2021 (any minors need a their guardian accompanying and providing their accommodation)
  • NZ citizen, resident, or minimum living in NZ for two years
  • Orchestral instruments, piano and voice
  • Classical musician

Important Dates

6 April Deadline for application
10 April Young Artists announced
12 April Young Artists confirm their acceptance
16 April Programme announced

Application Materials

  • Audition video (individual tracks, previous videos accepted from 1 June 2020 or later)
  • Pianists are advised they will be expected to collaborate with other musicians in the festival.
  • Audition repertoire to be a selection of contrasting works that represent different genres and musical styles (20- 30 min total duration).  An example of collaborative work (eg chamber music, sonata movement) is appreciated.
  • 1–2-minute video of applicant expressing their career goals and why they believe they will benefit from participating in the 2021 Wakatipu Music Festival Young Artist programme.
  • Proof of NZ citizenship or residency (scan of passport, residency documents, or a letter from the applicant’s school verifying they have been enrolled continually for a minimum of 2 years.
  • 300-word biography.
  • High Resolution photograph suitable for publication.
  • List of the applicant’s repertoire covering last three years and up to six works the applicant would suggest they would like to perform (solo or chamber music).
  • Non-refundable Application fee of NZ$100 (US$75 payable on the audition platform)

Note – the online application portal requirement includes a letter of recommendation.   We note that this requirement was not made clear on our website until recently and may have come as a surprise late in your submission, so if you are not able to obtain one easily by the deadline we will accept your application with a referee whom we can contact for information.

To make this work in the site, please upload a document with your referee’s name, email and phone number and how the referee will know you and your playing.