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Now in its 46th year and run by Chamber Music New Zealand, the contest provides a unique, positive and encouraging environment where young talent and creativity is supported and nurtured.  Close to 500 groups, involving more than 2000 students, entered nationwide across fifteen centres.

The National Final featured the six finalist groups in the Instrumental Performance section and a performance of the winning Original Composition.

Seen as a rite of passage for young musicians and composers in New Zealand, the contest has previously introduced New Zealand audiences to the likes of pianists Michael Houstoun and John Chen; violinists Wilma Smith and Lara Hall; and composers John Psathas and Alwyn Westbrooke.

Radio New Zealand Concert was there, along with a film crew, to cover the event.

Zarebski Quintet (Christchurch)

  • Amy Lee, piano – Rangi Ruru Girls’ School
  • Diane Huh, violin – Christchurch Girls’ High School
  • April Ju, violin – Burnside High School
  • Martin Qi, viola – Burnside High School
  • Catherine Kwak, cello – Villa Maria College

Quintet in G (1st movement – Allegro) by Juliusz Zarebski


Menagerie Trio (Napier)

  • Wei-Yan Fan, violin – Napier Girls’ High School
  • Phoebe Sparrow, voice – Napier Girls’ High School
  • Ella Sparrow, piano – Napier Girls’ High School

Five songs from No Ordinary Sun Song, Tangi, Importune the East Wind by Dorothy Buchanan


Zingaro (Auckland)

  • Maggie Han, piano – Epsom Girls’ Grammar School
  • Bruce Tsai, violin – Auckland Grammar School
  • Sophia Lee, viola – Westlake Girls’ High School
  • Peter Lee, cello – Auckland Grammar School

Piano Quartet No 1 in G minor Opus 25 (4th movement – Rondo alla Zingarese) by Johannes Brahms


Faultlines (Christchurch)

  • Suyen Rae, soprano – Burnside High School
  • Joan Tay, piano – Burnside High School 
  • Andrew Robinson, violin – Burnside High School
  • Martin Robert, cello – Rudolf Steiner School

My Illness is the Medicine I Need (movements I-VI) by Thomas Larcher


Geist (Auckland) - Contest Winners 2011

  • Lauren Bennett, violin – Westlake Girls' High School
  • Britta Balzat, violin – Westlake Girls' High School
  • Sophia Lee, viola – Westlake Girls' High School
  • Sally Kim, cello – Westlake Girls' High School

String Quartet No 14 in D minor ‘Death and the Maiden’ (1st movement – Allegro) by Schubert


The Jones Trio (Christchurch)

  • Lena Taylor, flute – Burnside High School
  • Sam Jones, alto saxophone – Burnside High School
  • Juea Park, piano – Burnside High School 

Trio for Flute, Alto Saxophone and Piano by Russell Peterson


Winner of the Original Composition Section

The Memoir Trio (Christchurch)

  • Marcus Jackson, flute & piccolo
  • Brooks Kershaw, clarinet
  • Jeremy Wood, piano

Memoirs of a Forgotten Soul by Marcus Jackson