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The New Zealand Community Trust Chamber Music Contest, run by Chamber Music New Zealand, is the only nationwide chamber music competition for young musicians and composers and in 2012 entries involved more than 1850 students from throughout the country.

Twelve semi-finalist ensembles - six from Auckland, three from Christchurch, two from Wellington and one from Hamilton - were selected following 15 district contests in June 2012. Following the semi-finalist rounds the six finalists featured on this page were named for the final held at Auckland Town Hall.

Geist (Auckland)

  • Lauren Bennett, Violin 1, Westlake Girls High School
  • Britta Balzat, Violin 2, Westlake Girls High School
  • Sophia Lee, Viola, Westlake Girls High School
  • Sally Kim, Cello, Westlake Girls High School

String Quartet in G min, Opus 10, Mvts 1 & 2 by Debussy

All' Aperto (Christchurch)

  • Alice Morgan, Soprano Sax, Burnside High School
  • Andrew Robinson, Violin, Burnside High School
  • Jordan Renaud, Cello, Burnside High School
  • Han Sol Jeong, Piano, Burnside High School

Quartet for an outdoor festival by Robert Aldridge

Trio Poeme (Christchurch)

  • Diane Huh, Violin, Christchurch Girl's High School
  • Hye-In Kim, Cello, Burnside High School
  • Amy Ga Hee Lee, Piano, Rangi Ruru Girls School

Trio No.1. by Dimitri Shostakovich

Mentalstorm (Auckland)

  • Natalia Chen, Violin, St Cuthbert's College
  • Hayon Lee, Cello, St Cuthbert's College
  • Jennifer Li, Piano, St Cuthbert's College

Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor by Mendelssohn

Bacewicz Quartet (Wellington)

  • Gabrielle Armstrong-Scott, Violin,
  • Aziel Verner, Violin
  • Claudia Matthews, Violin
  • Nathan Pinkney, Violin

Ararat (Auckland)

  • Bruce Tsai, Violin, Auckland Grammar School
  • Francis Yoon, Cello, Auckland Grammar School
  • Erik Kahr, Piano, , Auckland Grammar School

Piano Trio in F# minor 1st Mvt by Arno Babadjanian

Dreamscapes Quartet (Napier), winning original composition performance

Marcus Jackson, Flute, Lindisfarne College
Harry Greig, Violin, Lindisfarne College
Pien Kerckhoffs, Cello, Karamu High School
Catherine Christanti, Piano, Hastings Girl's High School

When Dreamscapes Stagnate by Marcus Jackson

(NOTE: Periodically throughout the performance the lights are brought down and then back up)